Sullivan University’s Pharmacy Technician program is an academic-based program. This program is operated as part of the College of Pharmacy within The Sullivan University System. The Pharmacy Technician program boasts several advantages, including pharmacists on faculty, an in-house compounding laboratory, a community and institutional mock pharmacy, and pharmacy and a Drug Information Center. These allow students to spend less time in lecture and more time practicing and working in the pharmacies.

Students will also complete two 100-hour externships to allow them hands-on experience in the field. Each student completes a 100-hour externship at a community pharmacy and a 100-hour externship at an institutional setting (hospital or long-term care facility). We have contracts with over 40 different pharmacies in the area so students have a wide-range of facilities they may work in with their externship.

As part of the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician students are provided all necessary resources associated with their training. The Sullivan University Pharmacy Technician diploma program received accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) on August 5, 2009. Our mission is to train students to provide outstanding, ethical and empathetic pharmacy care; to serve the health care needs of the community and the individual patient; to expand the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians in community settings, hospitals, managed care facilities and government agencies; and to be compassionate patient advocates and leaders in their communities.


The Pharmacy Technician Diploma focuses on teaching:

  • History of pharmacy
  • Pharmacy laws and regulations
  • Pharmacy and medication safety
  • Top drugs
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy operations
  • Processing & billing prescriptions
  • Inventory control and inventory
  • Pharmacy calculations
  • Sterile and non-sterile compounding

There are several things that make our program unique. We are the only program in the state and only one of a handful in the nation that are associated with a College of Pharmacy. We have two incredible simulation pharmacies that mock a community and institutional pharmacy. We are one of only three programs in the state that are accredited through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).


72 Credit Hours
Length: 12 months
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 72
AOM 105 Keyboarding Essentials 4
CSC 118 Computer Applications I 4
ENG 101 Composition I 4
FYE 101 Information Literacy 4
MSS 104 Medical Terminology 4
MSS 154 Health and Safety Techniques 4
MTH 101 College Mathematics 4
PHT 101 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician 4
PHT103 Anatomy and Physiology 4
PHT 105 Pharmaceutical Calculations 4
PHT 150 Pharmacotherapeutics I 4
PHT 151 Pharmacotherapeutics II 4
PHT 201 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 4
PHT 203 Community Pharmacy Operations 4
PHT 204 Institutional Pharmacy Operations 4
PHT 205 Principles of Customer Service 2
PHT 206 Sterile Compounding 4
PHT 209 Medication Safety 2
PHT 299 Pharmacy Externship 4



“Attending Sullivan has prepared me tremendously. Adapting to the pharmacy environment has been an easy process because of the education I received at Sullivan University.”
-Dominique Wicker, Class of 2014

“I think the new simulated pharmacy is a brilliant idea that will help every pharmacy tech student with their career. It’s a great way to learn about and experience how things work in a pharmacy.”
-Himani Patel, Class of 2014


What types of activities will I complete in my lab courses?

Our labs include two simulation pharmacies and a compounding lab, so there is a great deal of hands-on training throughout the program. We work with some real and some mock medications but you will make things like chapstick, suppositories, IV’s, lozenges, creams, capsules, plus many more items you will find in pharmacies.

When in my program will I received real-world experience?

The externship is the last thing you will complete as part of your education. It allows students to receive real-world training and feedback from experienced pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians. Students are required to complete two rotations (one at a community setting and one in an institutional setting) that are each 100 hours long.

Do I get to pick my externship locations?

Students work with the Clinical Site Coordinate to find the best sites for the students. It is ultimately up to the Director of the Pharmacy Technician Program to approve all rotation sites.

What is the classroom environment like?

Most of our classes are smaller in size which allows for more interaction and help from instructors. Our classes are also designed for more hands-on training than lecturing.

What qualities should a Pharmacy Technician Student possess?

Need to have a strong desire to help others, work well with others, strong communicator, reliable and strong ethically. You also have to be able to stand for long periods of time and lift heavier items.

What are potential jobs or employment settings for graduates?

Our Career Services works closely with our graduates to find them positions in the area of their choice. The largest sector of jobs is in community pharmacies (retail chains). Graduates also can work in hospitals, home healthcare, military, insurance companies, compounding pharmacies, etc. This is just a short list of all the possibilities.


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