This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.


This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Health Science career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of Health Science career cluster.

The content 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 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.

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Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of 2 occupational completion points.

This program is comprised of courses which have been assigned course numbers in the SCNS (Statewide Course Numbering System) in accordance with Section 1007.24 (1), F.S. Career and Technical credit shall be awarded to the student on a transcript in accordance with Section 1001.44(3)(b), F.S.

The following table illustrates the post-secondary program structure:

OCPCourse #Course TitleLength
AHSC0003Basic Healthcare Worker90 hours
BPTN0084Pharmacy Technician 1360 hours
BPTN0085Pharmacy Technician 2300 hours
BPTN0086Pharmacy Technician 3300 hours

Regulated Programs

This program must be approved by the Board of Pharmacy. Program completers who wish to work as Pharmacy Technicians in the State of Florida must register with the Board of Pharmacy (465.014 F.S.).

Common Career Technical Core - Career Ready Practices

Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students.These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education.Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study.

  1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
  2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
  3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
  4. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
  5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
  6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
  8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
  10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
  11. Use technology to enhance productivity.
  12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.