Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Pharmacy Technology

This program prepares students to work as pharmacy technicians. The program meets the outcomes of the Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Training developed by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be well-prepared to work in various settings as a pharmacy technician and to successfully sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination (PTCB). Students will also have a solid background, although it is not required, to continue further study in the field of pharmacy, pursuing a pre-pharmacy degree and ultimately a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

This occupational endorsement is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensure examination. Students should note that although this program has no age restrictions, the state of Alaska requires that all pharmacy technicians be at least 18 years of age prior to licensure.

All coursework associated with the program is offered exclusively in a distance-delivered, online learning format.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Occupational Endorsement Certificate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

PHAR A101Introduction to Pharmacy3
PHAR A105Pharmacology for Technicians I3
PHAR A107Pharmacy Calculations3
PHAR A111Techniques of Pharmacy Practice3
PHAR A115Pharmacology for Technicians II3
PHAR A192Topics in Pharmacy1
Total Credits16

A total of 16 credits is required for this certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

After completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Receive, screen and prepare prescription/medication orders checking for completeness, authenticity and accuracy.
  • Initiate, verify, assist in the adjudication of, and collect payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods.
  • Purchase and maintain inventory of medications, equipment and devices according to an established plan.
  • Maintain pharmacy equipment and facilities.
  • Participate in the process for preventing medication misadventures, notifying the pharmacist when a problem or situation requires his/her attention.
  • Communicate clearly when speaking or writing while maintaining confidentiality, compassion, and an image of professionalism.