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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Dec 07, 2022
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Pharmacy Technician (5771) (W.C.)

Workforce Certificate

Florida Board of Pharmacy Provider Number RPPT407

Mission Statement

The program is designed to prepare students for employment as competent, confident entry-level Pharmacy Technicians in a non-discriminatory and supportive learning environment. The program is aligned with the Florida Board of Education State Frameworks and facilitates learning that can be applied in an array of pharmacy practice settings.

The Program

The program emphasis is on the health care industry and focuses on planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues. The content of the program includes but is not limited to metric system, medical terminology, medicinal drugs, pharmaceutical compounding, USP 795 standards, sterile techniques, USP 797 standards, maintenance of inventory, IV preparation, receiving and handling of hazardous drug materials, preparing purchase orders, receiving and checking supplies purchased, printing labels, typing prescription labels, delivering medications, pricing prescription drug orders and supplies, prepackaging unit dose packages, patient record systems, control records, data processing automation in pharmacy, computer application, employability skills, leadership and human relations skills, health and safety, including CPR.  A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.

The Career

Pharmacy Technician is a growing profession with an array of career opportunities in various pharmacy practice settings such as general medical and surgical hospitals, electronic shopping and mail-order houses, offices of physicians, outpatient care centers, home health care services, other hospitals, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, commercial goods merchant wholesalers and offices of other health practitioners. 


Prior to completion of the program, graduates are encouraged to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification (NPTC) exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.  The annual pass rate of first time test takers on the NPTC for this institution is 93% and for the most recent thirteen-year period can be found on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board website.


Clinical externships are scheduled in various healthcare settings and are a required part of your program of study to assist you in obtaining hands-on experience in your chosen discipline while learning in your student role.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy Technician is a growing profession with an array of career opportunities in various pharmacy practice settings. To enhance job opportunities it is recommended that program completers take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, 2215 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC 20037-2985, (202) 429-7576. This certification is offered three times annually.  Program completers who are successful on the certification exam can apply for registration through the Florida Board of Pharmacy.  Registration is also a requirement by many employers. 

Application Procedure

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida’s designated exit score will be required to complete the Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). See the Standards of Academic Progress .

Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.

It is recommended that students have a conference with the program advisor prior to applying to the program. To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Pharmacy Technician program, students must:

  1. Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
  2. Complete a Pharmacy Technician program application.
  3. Successful completion of the Background and Drug Screening process upon acceptance into the program.
  4. A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program.
    Note: Verification of “positive” titers showing immunity to childhood diseases will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  5. Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores.
  6. Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) course for Health Care Providers, that includes hands-on simulated experiences.
  7. Submit one of the following:
    a.  An official (unopened) High School completion transcript (no diplomas); or
    b.  An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
    c.  College transcript (a minimum of 12 college credits must have been completed if using college GPA).
    Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).

 GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

Need More Information? Contact

Jalaine Buford, PSAV Advisor, North Campus, (904) 766-6585 or

Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Record of Conviction of a Crime

Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent 5 years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendre to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the State of Florida.


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a Postsecondary Training certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate’s program requirements at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
  5. Students must earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program’s exit requirement, if applicable.

Note: Students are cautioned to provide particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under this catalog (2014/2015) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2019. After the Summer Term 2019 the 2014/2015 catalog requirements will no longer be in effect and the student must choose a new catalog year within the current 5 year active catalogs.  Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Gainful Employment

This is a gainful employment program. Visit the Gainful Employment page for gainful employment programs’ placement and on-time completion rates, median loan amounts, SOC codes and estimated program costs.

Gainful employment programs include only training programs of at least one academic year that lead to a certificate and credentialed non-degree programs (credit programs requiring 30 or fewer credit hours and clock hour programs requiring 600 or more contact hours). These programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.