Pharmacy Technology Degree Programs

A pharmacy technology degree program teaches students to prepare prescription medications and interact with customers while under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. Learn more about the program in general, common course topics, industry and salary statistics, and available certifications. Schools offering Pharmacy Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are Pharmacy Technology Degree Programs?

Degrees for this field are only offered through associate's degree programs. If you complete a program, you could be awarded an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science. Your program will provide you training in customer service, how to count pills properly, communicate with insurance companies, recognize generic drug names, prepare pill bottles and handle controlled substances.

Although there are very few, you might be able to find online associate's degree programs. These programs only offer theory and general education courses online. Any hands-on courses, laboratory sessions or clinical work must be taken on campus. To study the proper pharmacy procedures and methodologies, you need to be on campus to learn through hands-on experience.

Degree Level Associate
Online Options Yes, but on-campus courses, clinical work or labs are required for hands-on training
Common Courses Medical terminology, pharmacology, ethics, therapeutics, pharmacy mathematics
Certification Offered by Pharmacy Technology Certification Board and Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians
Job Outlook (2014-24) 9%* (for pharmacy technicians)
Median Annual Wage (2015) $30,410* (for pharmacy technicians)

Source: *U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Can I Expect?

Your program can educate you on medication side effects, what each medication treats, how to read prescriptions, minor clerical duties and providing support to the pharmacist. You can expect to take courses in medical terminology, pharmacology, ethics, over-the-counter drugs, pharmacy mathematics and therapeutics. You might also learn special methods for hospital and retail locations. The program might include general education courses, such as biology, microbiology, public speaking, anatomy, physiology and English composition. These programs may require you to complete an internship to earn your degree.

What About After Earning My Degree?

Although it may not be required in your state, you have the option to become certified through the Pharmacy Technology Certification Board and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that certification lasts for two years and 20 hours of continuing education is needed to remain certified (www.bls.gov).

What is My Job Outlook and Expected Salary?

The BLS states that a general increase in the age of the population and the greater involvement of technicians in pharmacies will lead to a 9% increase in jobs between 2014 and 2024. If you complete your degree program, you can anticipate plenty of job opportunities. The BLS also estimates that the median annual salary for this job was $30,410 in 2015.

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