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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 from the following link:

Apply Online

Application Information and Deadlines

Admission and Application Requirements

To be eligible for acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician program, the applicant must complete the following steps:

  • Complete WSCC college application, if not currently a student.
  • Meet the college's general admission requirements and indicate Pharmacy Technician (PHAR) as their major.
  • Be attending high school, possess a high school equivalency certificate, or be a high school graduate.
  • Meet the minimum age requirements, which must be based on state requirements for employment of pharmacy technicians.
  • Have English language proficiency (including reading, writing, and speaking) and math proficiency sufficient to fulfill the requirements of pharmacy technician job responsibilities.
    • Provide ACT, SAT, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER or other approved standardized exam test scores that are less than 5 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 at 423-585-6800.
  • Submit the Pharmacy Technician Program Application located on our Health Programs Application Portal.
  • Submit a criminal background check and drug screening
    • Background checks and drug screening must be submitted through the approved TBR vendor to complete the application process. Drug Screen Forms are available at the Health Programs Division Office – Additional information is located in the Health Programs Application Portal.
    • The criminal background check and drug screening (at the student’s expense), will be required to finalize your application. The checks may be used to make legally compliant and appropriate decisions regarding acceptance and entrance into the program and future clinical facility.
    • Individuals who have been convicted of crimes other than minor traffic violations could be ineligible for clinicals, the pharmacy technician national certification, or registration in the state of Tennessee.

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, complete my background check, and drug screen?
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 sent via the application portal and emailed to qualified applicants until the class has been filled.
When do classes start and when do they meet?
A new class begins every fall and spring semester, which includes classes and labs during the first 2 semesters and clinical internships during the 3rd semester.
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 Options - Fall or Spring Start*
25 Credit Hours Total

Semester 1
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 1010/1011 Intro to Rx Tech Practice and Lab 3
PHAR 1020/1021 Rx Calculations and Lab 3
PHAR 1300 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I 3
PHAR 1070 Jurisprudence and Ethics Hybrid*
*Hybrid Courses divide class time between traditional classroom and online (web) instruction.
Semester 2
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 1301 Pharmacology and Therapeutics II 3
PHAR 1050 /1051 Principles of Pharmacy Practice & Lab 3
PHAR 1060/1061 Sterile Products and Lab 2
Semester 3
Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 2100 Clinical Pharmacy Experience 5
PHAR 2110 Seminar in Pharmacy Practice 1
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 Tennessee, the Tennessee 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.

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