The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work directly under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to perform various duties. Students will learn to receive prescriptions and obtain necessary information, process prescriptions using patient profiles found on a computer database, select and package correct medication from inventory, prepare intravenous medications using sterile techniques, and maintain professional work ethics. These skills are obtained through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on training in a pharmacy setting. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and obtain a Pharmacy Technician License in the State of Utah. Licensed Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand and can work in a variety of settings.
Certified Pharmacy Technicians may gain employment in a variety of settings, including hospital pharmacies, community pharmacies, drug wholesalers, and insurance companies.
Program Length: 600 Hours
Tuition and Fees: Tuition – $1200, Fees – $660, Books and Supplies – $641
- High school diploma or equivalent*
- TABE entrance testing at 12th grade level in Math, Reading, Spelling, and Language
- Pass drug screen and criminal background check
*Students in their senior year of high school who are on track to graduate may enroll in the program if they will be 18 years of age before externship.
Enrollment: Structured; not open-entry, open-exit
Open to: Adults and Secondary students
Campus: Roosevelt only
Externship: An externship of 200 hours is required as part of the Pharmacy Technician program. Th is training opportunity will give the student on-the-job experience which will be valuable in gaining employment.
Skills & Duties:
- Interpret medication orders and prescriptions
- Perform mathematical calculations
- Fill prescription orders
- Identify drugs by brand and generic names
- Understand therapeutic classifications
- Order and stock medications
- Maintain drug inventory
- 18 Years of Age or Older
- High School Diploma or GED
- Pass a Background Check
- Complete a State Approved Pharmacy Tech Training Program
- Pass a State Approved National Exam
- Pay Licensure Fees
A Chrome book is offered in some programs. If one is not available, the student can use the UBTech Computer Lab or bring their own internet capable device for educational use in class.
Electronic Student Resources:
Canvas orientation course contains electronic learning resources that can be used throughout your time in the program. Each canvas course links to these resources, and they will be updated regularly.
Canvas can be accessed from any internet-connected computer at the following URL: https://ubtech.instructure.com/login.
For technical problems encountered while in Canvas, use the Help button in Canvas and the “Report a Problem” link. Response time on support requests will be no more than 24-hours within the operational schedule of the program. A general orientation to Canvas can be found in the New Student Orientation, but faculty will also offer an orientation specific to technology in your program on your first day of class.
$12 – $22 hourly
Local Utah hourly wages are estimated by careeronestop.org
The Pharmacy Technician Program at Uintah Basin Technical College is accredited with ASHP/ACPE by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Information regarding accreditation can be obtained at:
ASHP, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists
4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900
Bethesda, MD, 20814
ACPE – Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60603-3410
Phone: (312) 664-3575
Fax: (866) 228-2631
Student Outcomes for Academic Year 2017-2018
- Completion: 92%
- Placement: 100%
- Licensure: 100%
Graduate Performance on National Exams (PTCB and EXCPT)
State of Utah Department of Commerce
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Achieving PTCB National Certification
Requirements for Maintaining CPhT National Certification