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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians assist Pharmacists with day-to-day operations so that Pharmacists can spend the time they need to provide quality counseling and care to their patients.

2 Year Degree

Pharmacy Technician A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science 

61 Credit Hours

1 Year Certificate

Pharmacy Technician

Certificate of Applied Science

28 Credit Hours

Skillset

Community Pharmacy Technician

Skillset

16 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Cabell Huntington Hospital
  • CVS
  • Fruth Pharmacy
  • Marshall Health Pharmacy

What you will learn.

Pharmacy technician students will learn to verify that information on the prescription is complete and accurate, to prepare a prescription, and to retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix medications. Successful completion of the PhT program will include a clinical internship at an affiliated health-care and retail facility.

Our program uses PioneerRx, the best pharmacy software, so our students can apply the knowledge and methods they learn in the classroom to a simulated pharmacy environment. For more information, visit pioneerrx.com. See what pharmacists around the nation are saying about PioneerRx at Pharmacy Software Reviews.

Career Outlook: projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7% from 2018-2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Pharmacy Technicians’ work in retail or mail-order pharmacies, hospitals, home health pharmacies and clinic pharmacies. With the appropriate amount of training and experience, pharmacy technicians may be promoted to supervisory roles, may seek specialization (e.g. oncology, nuclear pharmacy), or may pursue further education and training to become a pharmacist. Some technicians gain specialized skills in sterile products admixture, pharmacy automation and health information systems.

The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases.

In addition, pharmacy technicians will be needed to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities, such as giving flu shots. Technicians will need to perform tasks—such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians—that were previously done by pharmacists.

QUICK FACTS

Pharmacy Technicians

2019 Median Pay
$33,950 per year

Number of Jobs
420,400 in 2018

Job Outlook
2018-2028 7%

Faster than average employment.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at bls.gov/ooh/.

Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more about the MCTC program? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Melissa Ballard, CPhT
Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator
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