Pharmacy Technician

This 108-hour course is designed to train individuals to work under the supervision of a pharmacist in a variety of settings. Coursework provides the student with basic essential knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in the pharmacy.

  1.  Material    
  2.  Admission  
  3.  Costs  
  4.  Pathways  
  5.  FAQ  
  6.  Contact  

Material Taught In This Course:

  • state and federal drug laws/regulations
  • drug forms and routes of administration
  • pharmaceutical abbreviations
  • measurements and calculations
  • reading and interpretation of prescriptions
  • drug classifications and commonly prescribed drugs
  • community and hospital pharmacy practices
  • compounding; medical safety and dispensing
  • preparation of sterile IV products
  • human relations

Admission Requirements

  • Career Pathways (CP) pre-requisite
    • Reading and Math Placement test
    • Minimum score for Reading:  Accuplacer 40/TABE 8.0
    • Minimum score for Math:  Accuplacer 55/TABE 9.0
  • 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency
  • Social Security card – must match government issued photo ID
  • Government issued photo ID – must match Social Security card
  • Keyboarding & computer skills are recommended
  • Emotional and physical ability to carry out normal pharmacy activities (to include lifting, stretching, and standing for long periods)

Career Pathways is a pre-requisite course which provides students with necessary employability skills and knowledge.  Course topics include career overview, professionalism, conflict resolution, job market outlook, resume writing, and WorkKeys assessments – skills which prepare individuals to become more marketable and successful.  100% attendance is required for this component.

Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician course, the student will be equipped with a basic understanding of pharmacy practice and be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in order to become credentialed as a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT).


Registration Fees

  • Career Pathways registration                                                  $120.00
    Fee may be waived based upon employment status  
  • Pharmacy Tech registration                                                     $176.00

Registration is held every Tuesday 8 am – 7 pm in the Corporate and Continuing Education Department.

Course Costs

  • Malpractice Insurance (Con Ed Dept.)
  • CPR card (Con Ed Dept.)
  • Student ID
  • Textbook (College Bookstore)
  • Lab jacket (White)
        *Costs are listed as current but are subject to change.


 Educational Pathways

Pharmacy Technician > Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology > AAS, Physical Therapy Assistant at CCC&TI >Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences > Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharmacist)

Note:  Effective October 2011, students who successfully complete Pharmacy Tech training at CCC&TI, will receive four (4) points toward competitive admission into the Physical Therapy Assistant program at CCC&TI.

Frequently Asked Questions

Estimated Hourly Earnings for Pharmacy Technician

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011 Edition, state hourly wage range is $9.36 - $19.31 with an average of $13.49.

Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code:  25-1126

What does a Pharmacy Technician do?

  • Assist the pharmacist in labeling and filling prescriptions
  • Assist patients in dropping off and picking up prescriptions
  • Enter prescriptions into the computer
  • Verify that customers receive correct prescription(s)
  • Compound oral solutions, ointments, and creams
  • Schedule and maintain workflow
  • Prepackage bulk medications
  • Screen calls for pharmacists
  • Order medication
  • Work with insurance carriers to obtain payments and refilling authority
  • Prepare medication inventories
  • Prepare chemotherapeutic agents
  • Compound total parenteral nutrition solutions
  • Compound intravenous admixtures
  • Assist in outpatient dispensing
  • Assist in inpatient dispensing
  • Purchasing and billing

Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?

  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Retail pharmacies
  • Chain drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid)
  • Independent drugstores
  • Mass-Merchandisers (Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart)
  • Home health care pharmacies
  • Long term care pharmacies
  • Clinic pharmacies
  • Mail-order prescription pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Will I get a certificate when I complete the course?

  • Yes

Is there a national test?

  • Yes, upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in order to become credentialed as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

What are my chances of finding a job?

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011 edition:
    • Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
    • Job opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to be good, especially for those with previous experience, formal training, or certification.

For Additional Information

Please contact the Corporate and Continuing Education Department Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 828.726.2242 (Caldwell).  For specific course information, please contact Norman Staines @ 828.726.2271 or email