Pharmacy Technician


Turtle Mountain Community College started the implementation of this program May 2009. Theprogram is staffed by Pharmacist James Mitchell, with 34 years of professional experience. The first class was offered Fall Semester 2009. Four pharmacy technician students are projected to obtain their A.A.S. degree at commencement May 2012.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers performing and managing the technical distributive functions in pharmacies and pharmacy-related industries. By doing so, pharmacy technicians allow the pharmacists to concentrate on clinical services such as patient consultation, physician intervention, drug therapy analysis and other clinical topics. The pharmacy technician performs those functions of pharmacy practice that do not require a pharmacist’s professional education or judgement.

Pharmacy Technicians are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations.

The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814, or visit American Society of Health-System Pharmacists


There are no special requirements for admission into these programs. Please refer to the TMCC Admission section for future students.

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Areas of Study

The goal of the TMCC Phlebotomy Program is to provide a high quality curriculum centered education in phlebotomy theory and practice. The Phlebotomy Program prepares students for entry level positions as Phlebotomy Technicians in a variety of medical settings. As vital members of the health care team Phlebotomists need to be skilled at collecting blood and other specimens accurately; assuring high quality specimens for laboratory analysis and diagnostic purposes.

Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy Program requirements, students will receive a certificate and will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Exam.


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Course Descriptions (203 KB PDF)

Pharmacy Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) – 65 Credits

General Education Requirements

  • COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
  • HPER Wellness electives (2)
  • MATH 111 College Algebra I (3)
  • General Education electives (to be choses with advisor) (16)
  • Attendance at designated campus and/or community activities that support general educations learning outcomes.

Credits (24)

Program Core Requirements

  • BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function and Lab or BIOL 220 Anatomy or Physiology/Lab (4)
  • BOTE 171 Medical Terminology (3)
  • CSCI 101 Intro to Computers (3)
  • ENGL 110 Composition I (3)
  • PHRM 101 Orientation to Pharmacy Practice (1)
  • PHRM 102 Pharmaceutical Calculations (3)
  • PHRM 105 Institutional Pharmacy (2)
  • PHRM 111 Pharmacy Records and Inventory Mgmt (2)
  • PHRM 115 Community Practice/Lab (3)
  • PHRM 116 IV and Sterile Product Preparation Lab (2)
  • PHRM 121 Chemical/Physical Pharmacy (2)
  • PHRM 121L Chemical/Physical Pharmacy Lab (1)
  • PHRM 125 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians (3)
  • PHRM 131 Pharmacy Internship – Community Based (3)
  • PHRM 141 Pharmacy Internship – Hospital Based (3)
  • PSYC 111 Intro to Psychology (3)

Credits (41)

Total Credits (65)