Want to know more about a career in Pharmacy Tech? AAS Degree and Technical Certificate in Pharmacy Technology both include the following courses:
- Intro to Pharmacy (3 credits)
- Pharmacy Calculations (3 credits)
- Pharmacology (4 credits)
- Community Pharmacy Practice (3 credits, includes on campus lab learning)
- Institutional Pharmacy Practice (3 credits, includes on campus lab learning)
- Asceptic Technique Compounding (2 credits, includes on campus lab learning)
- Pharmacology II (4 credits)
- Preparing for the Profession (includes opportunity to take the National Certification test)
- Clinical Externship (experiences in retail and institutional pharmacies)
For more information on this program, please call (501) 760.6416 to speak with the Program Director: Krista Lewis.
Please follow these instructions to apply for the Pharmacy Technician Program:
- Complete online college admissions form if you have not attended NPCC.
- Complete Pharmacy Technology Application.
- Provide copy of official high school transcript or GED. If you have attended NPCC or another college, attach an unofficial transcript to your application.
- Provide a copy of COMPASS, SAT or ACT test results that has been taken within the last three years. A copy of the test results must be attached to your application. Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program requires the following scores:
Provide two (2) letters of recommendation (can use form provided on web-site or have persons type or handwrite recommendations) – We do not accept recommendations from family members.
Attach all to Pharmacy Technology Application. On a separate sheet of paper, please answer the following questions, in paragraph format. Include 1-2 paragraphs per response:
- English score of Compass 75 - 100 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent
- Reading score of Compass 82 - 100 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent
- Intermediate Algebra score of Compass 36 - 41 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent
- Give your reasons for choosing Pharmacy Technology as a career. Some of the Pharmacy Technology courses are very time intensive. What plans have you made to prepare to meet this schedule?
- What are your plans and aspirations for the future?
All paperwork is to be completed and returned to the Pharmacy Technology Office. You will turn your completed application packet into the Title III secretary; Title III secretary is located in the Nursing Division Offices reception area on the 2nd floor in the FD Bldg.
Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program is selective. The Pharmacy Technology Technical Certificate and Associate Degree programs begin in the fall of each year. Applicants must apply each year to be considered for enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology Program.
Applicants will be determined eligible for program entry based on the following criteria:
- Grade point averages – a minimum of 2.5 GPA on high school or College level work at time of application.
- ACT or Compass scores
- Applicants with prior health care experience.
- Number of general education hours completed.
- Letter of references
- Following review of the above, an interview will be conducted.
All applications will be conditional accepted. Conditions for admissions will include:
- Completion of a clear criminal background check and drug screening. Please be advised that students must pay for this testing and the cost is approximately $69. NPCC policy mirrors the federal, state, and local laws that prohibit a person from obtaining state registration. A clear background check at NPCC does not guarantee that a student will be granted state registration.
- NPCC Pharmacy application states that students must meet eligibility requirements of the state to participate in the Program's externship. Please contact the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy or the NPCC Pharmacy Technician Program Director with questions about state registration eligibility.
- Submit a copy of Health Data Form which will reflect TB skin testing and immunization records. It is highly recommended that students complete the HepB vaccination series. You may begin this series of injections now as the 3 shot series HepB requires 6-months to complete.
Why Choose Pharmacy Technology as your Career?
What is a Pharmacy Technician?
- works with pharmacist to prepare and dispense medications
- assists with patient-centered care and monitoring services
- assist with inventory management
- prepares special medications through compounding or IV mixtures
- completes billing and insurance information on a computer
- upholds the ethical and legal responsibilities necessary to work with drugs
- works in a variety of settings including retail pharmacies, hospitals, mail order, and long term care
How long does it take to become a Pharmacy Technician?
- One year if you choose to complete a Technical Certificate. Coursework completed in fall and spring with externship in the summer (August to August)
- Two years if you choose to complete an AAS degree
Do I need certification or licensing?
- National Certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is available for all NPCC graduates.
- Once graduates pass the national exam, the technician will bear the designation of 'CPhT.'
- Exam information can be found at www.ptcb.org .
- National Certification is voluntary in some states, but is mandatory for employment in many states. Currently mandatory certification is being recommended for all Pharmacy Technicians by 2020.
- All pharmacy technicians in Arkansas must register with the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy. Information about the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy is located at www.arkansas.gov/asbp/
Will I get a job and how much will I earn?
- Pharmacy technician job outlook is expected to grow by 31% over the next decade. This positive job outlook for educated, trained technicians is due to the aging population, changing state laws, and the expanding role of pharmacy technicians.
- AR average annual salary for pharmacy technicians in 2013 was $25,000. The beginning hourly wages for pharmacy technicians in the Arkansas area range from $10.00 to $13.00.
- National average salary range for a beginning pharmacy technician is from $19,000 to $41,000 depending on the state of practice, pharmacy setting, and job responsibilities of the position.
Additional information is avaialbe at the followign Federal and State Department of Labor Websites:
Federal projections and AR Department of Labor