Pharmacy Technology

Do you have a passion for health care? Are you interested in working with a pharmacist to help prepare and dispense medication? This 19 hour Retail Pharmacy Technician Certificate may be just for you! This program is designed to provide students an understanding of retail pharmacy including the prescription medications, customer service, and administrative duties.

Pharmacy Technicians typically do the following: Take from customers or health professionals the information needed to fill a prescription; Count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions; Compound or mix medications, such as preparing ointments; Package and label prescriptions; Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims; Do routine pharmacy tasks, such as answering phone calls from customers

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. If a customer's question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacies, retail pharmacies, hospitals and mail order pharmacies.

Wage/Salary Information

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Program Home Campus

Urban Campus; general education courses may be offered at other campuses

Entry time

Fall term, 2012



Program Length

After any developmental needs and prerequisites are met, program can be completed in two semesters.

Advising Sheet (PDF)


Retail Pharmacy Technology

For more information contact: Colleen Heneghan, HPOG academic advisor,

This program is HPOG eligible.