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Pharmacy Technology

PINWhat is a pharmacy technician?

Pharmacy Technicians help prepare the medications you need.

The pharmacy technician performs technical functions under the direction of a Registered Pharmacist including prescription preparation, inventory, repackaging and compounding.

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

Pharmacy technicians can work in either a community or institutional pharmacy. Community pharmacies consist of chain, franchise, independent, and mail-order pharmacies. Institutional pharmacies include hospital, home healthcare, long-term care facilities, and managed-care pharmacies.

There is a need for Pharmacy Technicians in our area. As life-saving drugs continue to get approved and the population continues to age, the need for pharmacy technicians will continue. Statistics from the US Department of Labor show that employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than average through 2014.

The range of wages for pharmacy technicians is as follows:

  • National wage range is $9.27/hour - $18.98/hour for a certified pharmacy technician.
  • Regional wage range is $9.04/hour - $15.00/hour for a certified pharmacy technician.

ClockHow long will this program take?

The suggested courses usually take 2 semesters to complete a certificate in Pharmacy Technology.

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

There is no associate degree available for this program.

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.

Diploma(s)

There are no diplomas available for this program.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.

Certificate(s)

Pharmacy Technician | Download the Academic Plan | G.E.D.I.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

Admission to the Pharmacy Technician courses requires students to meet the minimum requirements for enrollment. Completion of MT 65 (Basic Algebra) or equivalent is a prerequisite for admission to Pharmaceutical Calculations, the first pharmacy course.

Interested students must apply for admission to West Kentucky Community and Technical College and meet the admission requirements for courses and complete the required courses to finish the program.

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Melissa Burgess
melissa.burgess@kctcs.edu
270-534-3495

Employers favor a Certified Pharmacy Technician over a non-certified Pharmacy Technician because being certified means that you have some training and education on the roles pharmacy technicians have in the pharmacy. To become a Certified Pharmacy Technician you must pass the certification test provided by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Here is the link to the website for this test https://www.ptcb.org

PagesAdditional Resources / Training

Download the Pharmacy Tech Flyer

Visit Verified Credentials, Inc.

Prior to enrolling in PHA 250, Pharmacy Experience (clinical), students are required to provide documentation of required immunizations, pass a criminal background check and complete the required drug screening. Students must have completed or be enrolled all the required pharmacy technology courses to be allowed to enroll in the PHA 250 course.