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Students must read, understand and comply with the following information prior to making application to the pharmacy technician program. The online pharmacy technician program application may be accessed at the link at the bottom of the page.

Application Information and Deadlines

Admission and Application Requirements

  • Complete WSCC college application, if not currently at student.
  • Meet the college's general admission requirements and should indicate Pharmacy Technician (PHAR) as their major.
  • Be attending high school, possess a high school equivalency certificate, or be a high school graduate.
  • Have English language proficiency (including reading, writing, and speaking) and math proficiency sufficient to fulfill the requirements of pharmacy technician job responsibilities.
    • Applicants must submit ACT, SAT, or COMPASS* test scores that are less than 3 years old; or
    • Provide transcripts that document the applicant has previously taken and successfully completed developmental, learning support, or college level courses in those areas.
    • Applicants are not required to take learning support courses before applying to the program; however, preference will be given to those applicants who demonstrate the ability to perform at a college level in English, reading, writing, speaking, and math through the proficiency criteria stated above.

Admissions Testing Information may be obtained through the Office of Counseling and Testing @ 423- 585-6800.

Priority Deadlines

Priority consideration is given to finalized applications which are received before the following dates. Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.

June 1
Priority Deadline for Fall Semester
November 1
Priority Deadline for Spring Semester


What happens once I apply to the program?
Priority consideration is given to finalized applications which are received before June 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester. Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.
The program is filled on a rolling basis which means applications are reviewed upon receipt and acceptance letters are mailed to qualified applicants until the class has been filled.
When do classes start and when do they meet?
A new class begins every fall (August) and spring (January), which includes classes and labs during the first 2 semesters and clinical internships during the 3rd semester. Students wanting to start in the summer would only be eligible to take Anatomy and Jurisprudence (Law), and then continue into the fall start option.
Courses in the program are offered in the daytime over 2 to 3 days per week. See the college timetable for meeting days and times.

3 Semester Option - Fall or Spring Start*
23 Credit Hours Total

Semester 1
Summer or Fall
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 1000 Phar Anatomy and Med Term - Hybrid 2
PHAR 1010/1011 Intro to Rx Tech Practice and Lab 3
PHAR 1020/1021 Rx Calculations and Lab 3
PHAR 1070 Jurisprudence and Ethics - Hybrid 2
Semester 2
Fall or Spring
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 1030 Pharmacology and Therapeutics 3
PHAR 1050 /1051 Principles of Pharmacy Practice & Lab 3
PHAR 1060/1061 Sterile Products and Lab 2
Semester 3
Spring or Summer
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 2100 Clinical Pharmacy Experience 5

Hybrid Courses divide class time between traditional classroom and online (web) instruction.

* Other tracking options may be available, see program director for more information.

What do I do once in the program?
While in the program, students must comply with the college's policies and successfully meet program curriculum requirements.
Maintain a grade of C or better in each course for retention.
Prior to the clinical training phase of the program, the student must submit the following: required immunizations and laboratory tests, medical history, liability (malpractice) insurance, all at the student's expense.
Successfully complete the clinical training phase of the program.
What are the graduation requirements?
Program graduation requirements include the successful completion of the courses in the program with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.
Meet the college's graduation requirements, including a cumulative institutional 2.0 GPA excluding developmental or learning support courses.
Pharmacy technician graduates participate in the college's commencement ceremony in either May or December.
What happens after graduation?
Graduates are strongly encouraged to take the national certification examination given by PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) upon completion of the program. Visit for more information.
For future employment in pharmacy practice, graduates must be registered with Tennessee Board of Pharmacy (BOP). Information regarding BOP application requirements can be found here.
What are the legal limitations?
Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to take the national certification exam (PTCE) to become a certified pharmacy technician. However, individuals who have been convicted of crimes other than minor traffic violations could be ineligible for pharmacy technician national certification or registration in the state of Tennessee, even if they have successfully completed the Pharmacy Technician program.
Pharmacy technicians may not practice unless under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. To work as a technician in the state of TN, the Board of Pharmacy requires registration, a fingerprint background check, and a declaration of citizenship.

Additional information may be obtained from the Health Programs Division by calling 423-585-6981.

WSCC Health Programs Immunization Requirements

Due to your potential risk for exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials, you may be at risk of acquiring Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection, measles, mumps, rubella, or varicella (chicken pox). Health Programs students must provide documentation of complete vaccinations or titers from their healthcare provider. For varicella, students with disease history may have their healthcare provider document date of disease.

A student may be exempt from this requirement under one of the following circumstances:

  1. The vaccine is contraindicated for the individual based on guidelines established by manufacturer or Center for Disease Control
  2. Physician judgment based on the individual's medical condition and history – (risk of harm outweighs benefit)
  3. Religious belief or practice – (individual must provide written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury).

Accepted students must submit one form of documentation listed below for each disease following admission to a program.

I. Hepatitis B (HBV):

  • Documentation of three (3) shot dates.
  • Titer showing immunity status to Hepatitis B.
  • Documentation from my health care provider stating reason for contraindication.
  • Signed written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury stating conflict with religious beliefs.

II. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella):

  • Documentation of two (2) shot dates.
  • Titers showing immunity status to rubella, rubeola and mumps.
  • Documentation from my health care provider stating reason for contraindication.
  • Signed written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury stating conflict with religious beliefs.

III. Varicella (Chicken Pox):

  • Documentation of two (2) shot dates.
  • Titer showing immunity status to varicella.
  • History of disease with date documented by health care provider.
  • Documentation from my health care provider stating reason for contraindication.
  • Signed written statement affirmed under penalty of perjury stating conflict with religious beliefs.

Students who provide titers with laboratory values inconsistent with immunity are encouraged to get the vaccinations.

Student must submit documentation for medical or religious contraindications.

Pharmacy Technician program applications are available online. Click here to apply.

Apply Online