Pharmacy Technician Program

The pharmacy technician works under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist, as part of the team responsible for carrying out a physician's pharmaceutical orders. Pharmacy technicians assist in compounding, distributing, and dispensing medications.

The Pharmacy Technician program at Greenville Technical College includes classroom and laboratory instruction as well as hands-on experience in a working pharmacy. Located at the college’s Benson Campus in Greer, the program offers day and evening lecture classes, with labs offered weekly during the morning and afternoon, or one Saturday per month. 

A career you can count on

Pharmacy technicians work primarily in franchise drug stores, hospitals, and mail order pharmacies. Job duties include handling customer service, processing prescriptions, compounding, running pharmacy software, maintaining inventory control, handling purchasing, billing and record keeping, and preparing IVs. Employment is expected to grow by approximately one-third between 2010 and 2020.

  • National employment projections and more information about a career as a pharmacy technician is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

What you’ll learn in the program

  • Pharmacy law and ethics
  • Commonly prescribed brand and generic drugs
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacy clinical/science applications
  • Drug dosage and calculations

Is Pharmacy Technology right for you?

A career in pharmacy technology may be for you if you

  • appreciate accuracy and precision in your work
  • enjoy a flexible work schedule
  • can maintain confidentiality
  • have a desire to help others
  • can work in a capacity that affects someone's health and life

Accreditation and certification

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), www.ashp.org.


Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Association Certification Board exam to become nationally recognized as Certified Pharmacy Technicians. With completion of the program, national certification, and a working externship, a student is then eligible to become certified with the state of South Carolina.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Pharmacy Technician
Certificate in Applied Science

This program accepts only experienced, registered pharmacy technicians, providing them the opportunity to quickly complete the education needed to become state-certified. 

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Pharmacy Technician
Diploma in Applied Science


This program prepares students to transcribe physicians’ medication orders, fill and deliver medication orders, and assist with ordering and maintaining over-the-counter medications.

The program is designed as a One-Plus-One program.

  • Phase I includes most of the general education and related course work and may be completed at Greenville Technical College or at any articulating college.
  • Upon successful completion of Phase I, qualified students may apply to Phase II, which includes all pharmacy technician course work.
  • Phase II is located at Greenville Technical College’s Benson Campus in Greer and a variety of off-campus clinical facilities. Students must be able to travel to clinical sites, which may be varying distances from the campus. 

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Pharm Tech Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following:


Career Talk

Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. The PHM Career Talk is online allowing you to complete the session at your convenience.  It is available to any interested student or potential student at no cost, but registration is required - please contact Lori.Stepp@gvltec.edu for access and instructions.

Please note:  Only students who have completed the PHM Career Talk will be invited to apply to the program.


Division Policies

The Pharmacy Technician program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.


Supplemental Admission Process

The Pharmacy Technician diploma program is designed as a 1 + 1 program, where Phase I includes your general education and related courses, which may be taken at Greenville Technical College or any articulating college.  
 

Upon successful completion of Phase I, qualified students are eligible to apply to Phase II, the final three semesters of academic and clinical coursework.

Admission into the Greenville Technical College PHM program Phase I does not guarantee admission into Phase II of the program. Phase II admission is competitive based on weighted admission scores and the relative scores of the applicant pool each year.

Weighted Admissions Form (pdf) 

 

The Pharmacy Technician certificate program is only available to registered and/or practicing Pharmacy Technicians.
 

After attending a Career Talk session, potential students should contact Lori Stepp, Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator, to verify the following documentation:

  • Copy of current South Carolina Pharmacy Technician Registration
  • If applicable, PTCB National Certification
  • Affidavit of Pharmacy Technician Experience (notarized copy)

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Technician diploma program.