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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Jo Ann Cusmano
Madame Cadillac Building‚ Room 125
Direct: (313) 927-1434
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The Pharmacy Technician program is a one year certificate program. Credit applies to the Bachelor and Associates of Science in Health Science degrees at Marygrove College and prepares students for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s certifying exam.

Laura Bednarsh, R.Ph
Carolyn Dragonnette, MSN
Renardo Grey, R.Ph
Cary Levy, R.Ph                  
Donna Ratcliff, MSN
Kimberly Thornton, R.Ph
Pat Tomsa, MSN
Richard VanPraet, R.Ph
Mitchel Weiner, R.Ph
Sandra Zori, R.Ph

Pharmacy Technician Overview



According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacy Technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010-2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In Michigan alone 527 new jobs are expected to be created every year through 2020 (24% increase). This innovative one-year certificate program was designed meet this specific need.


Marygrove College offers a one year, cohort based, credit certificate that prepares students to become Pharmacy Technicians. This is a three consecutive semester program that begins in September and January. Students who complete the program and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam will be qualified to work in pharmacies across the country and in Michigan as nationally certified Pharmacy Technicians.


  • Qualifies students to be able to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s national exam and begin working with pharmacists immediately;
  • Is an excellent program for students who need to quickly retrain for a new career due to a layoff or other economic hardship;
  • Offers exceptional personal attention from faculty and staff and the faculty are pharmacists (not pharmacy technicians).
  • Classes are offered at convenient times allowing students to keep daytime jobs.
  • The Pharmacy Technician program’s 24 credit hours (excludes the externship) are applicable to a Marygrove College associate’s or bachelor’s degree program when the student pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. 


Marygrove College has lowered this program’s tuition rate to keep this unique career training program affordable and we also encourage students to apply for federal and state financial aid.*

*The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required to determine eligibility for all federal and state financial aid programs and most of Marygrove College’s aid programs. To learn more about financial aid and to apply, visit the Financial Aid site (http://www.marygrove.edu/future-students/financial-aid/financial-aid-overview.html) or call 313-927-1692.

Program Requirements


Complete the Undergraduate Admissions Application via paper or online; submit the $25 application fee; provide a copy of your high school transcripts or GED test scores; and official transcripts from all previous colleges attended.

Academic Requirements

The Pharmacy Technician program requires a minimum of 24 credit hours and a 3 or 6 credit hour internship to complete.


Pharmacy Technician Courses

Required Courses for Certificate:

  • PHT 118
  • PHT 101
  • PHT 103
  • PHT 121
  • PHT 122
  • PHT 123
  • PHT 130
  • PHT 131
  • PHT 170

First Semester

PHT 118 Medical Terminology Credits: 2

This course helps students in spelling and interpreting medical terms.

PHT 101 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Credits: 3

This course examines the role of the Pharmacy Technician in various pharmacy settings. It provides an overview of the history, educational requirements, state law regarding delivery of Pharmacy Technician services, the role of the Pharmacy Technician as a member of health care team, and the career opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program.

PHT 121 Drug Distribution 1 Credits: 4

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts of pharmacology as they relate to all of the body’s systems, and presents basic pharmacology with emphasis on drug therapy. The course content includes drug laws, terminology, therapeutic classes of drugs, indications, side effects, contraindications, and generic and trade names.

PHT 130 Pharmacy Operations Credits: 3

This course focuses on basic management principles, financial management, personnel management, and pharmacy practice management. The course integrates the role of operational management and the development of a business plan utilizing financial management and analysis. Role-playing will be used.

Co-requisite: PHT 101.

Second Semester

PHT 103 Mathematics for Health Careers Credits: 3

In this course students will apply basic mathematical skills in calculations required for dosage determinations, as well as solution preparations using weight, metric, household, and apothecary systems. There will be discussion on applying ratio and proportion, allegations, and business calculations in pharmacy operations.

Prerequisites: PHT 101 and MTH 099.

PHT 131 Pharmacy Computer Systems Credits: 3

This course introduces various specialized pharmacy programs: outpatient and inpatient medication dispensing, drug information, pharmacokinetics, management, quality assessment and procurement. This course will also emphasize recordkeeping and third-party billing.

Prerequisites: “C” or higher in PHT 101 and PHT 123.

PHT 122 Drug Distribution 2 Credits: 4

This course is a continuation of PHT 121.

PHT 123 Drug Prescription Process Credits: 2

This course examines the process of medication distribution systems, including inpatient systems, preparations of intravenous admixtures, prescription dispensing to ambulatory patients, compounding, manufacturing and repackaging, and inventory control systems.

Prerequisites: “C” or higher in PHT 101 and PHT 121.

Summer Semester

Third Semester

PHT 170 Pharmacy Technology Field Practicum Credits: 3-6

This course is designed for the PTEC clinical student who has successfully completed the didactic portion of the PTEC program. This is an exploration of the unique role and practice of pharmacy technicians in a pharmacy with emphasis on daily pharmacy operations. Topics include hospital pharmacy organization, work flow and personnel, medical and pharmaceutical terminology, safety techniques, data entry, packaging and labeling operations, extemporaneous compounding, inpatient drug distribution systems, unit dose chart fills, quality assurance, drug storage, and inventory control.

Prerequisites: Completion of the previous 2 semester courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment information:  
Program length: 27-30 credit hours
Program costs:  
Tution 9,300
Fees 660
Books 850
Related Occupations: O*NET Codes
Pharmacy Technicians 29-2052


The median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program:  
from Title IV, HEA program loans:  9,500
from private educational loans:  0
institutional financing plans 0
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