What is a Pharmacy Technician?

A Pharmacy Technician is a person who, under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assists in various activities of a pharmacy.

Typical duties include:

  • Maintaining patient records
  • Mixing drugs with parental fluids
  • Maintaining inventories of supplies
  • Responding to questions and requests
  • Packaging and labeling medication doses
  • Filing and distributing routine orders for stock supplies

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Where does a Pharmacy Technician work?

A Pharmacy Technician typically works in hospitals, clinics, home health care operations, retail, and other settings.

What is the salary range for Pharmacy Technicians?

The salary range typically starts at approximately $13 per hour and caps at around $17 per hour. Visit these links for more detailed information:

What is the job demand for Pharmacy Technicians?

The job demand at this time is quite good. There is a need for technicians wherever pharmacists work. Visit these links for official projections:

How much does the program cost?

The tuition cost per credit hour will change based on a student's residency status, and on the total number of hours taken in a semester.
The amounts below reflect Utah State resident rates for Summer 2017-2018, and include program fees. * Tuition and fees subject to change without notice.
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Semester Tuition & Fees


       this does not include the cost of MA 1100 

2nd $1598.25
3rd $1045.25
Total $4040.75


How can I get accepted to the program?

The prerequisites for the Pharmacy Technician program are minimal, and most don't need to be completed prior to submitting an application. See the Future Students page for detailed information.

Are their additional expenses besides program fees?

Yes. Additional expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Enrollment fees
  • Books
  • Background checks
  • National testing
  • DOPL trainee application fee
  • DOPL licensure application fee
Is financial aid available?

Currently the Pharmacy Technician Program is not eligible for traditional federal financial aid such as student loans or Pell grants.  There may be other agencies, such as Vocational Rehab or Workforce Services, who may provide financial assistance.  You may contact them directly to determine what is available.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Is there a deadline to submit the application?

No. Completed applications are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until a cohort is full.

How many students are accepted each semester?

A new cohort of 30 students begins each spring and fall semester.

How long does training take?

This is a one-year program consisting of three consecutive semesters.

Are there any online options for taking classes?

No. All classes are in person at the Jordan campus.

What time of day are classes?

Classes are held between 5:30pm to 9:30pm, usually two or three nights a week.  First semester students are required to complete eight credit hours.  Second semester students need to complete nine credit hours. Students in their third semester must complete six credit hours. 

What is the externship like?

Utah state law requires 180 hours of on-the-job training in a pharmacy. The program places students in an externship position with a local pharmacy to start and complete during the third semester.

Students are responsible for scheduling externship hours directly with the pharmacy assigned. 

Can I go faster or slower than the one-year plan?

No. All classes must be taken in order and the program completed on-time.

What are the requirements for obtaining a certificate?

The requirements for obtaining a certificate may change without notice, but currently include:

  • Receive a grade of C or better in each class
  • Submit to and pass random drug screening
  • Comply with any DOPL requirements in a timely manner
  • Complete an exit survey
  • Make final payments to the school
  • Complete all requested paperwork
Is there any way for me to get a license without doing the entire program?

Not through this program. The rules regarding licensure are set by DOPL. SLCC can only offer the program as prescribed. No exceptions.

All questions about special circumstances should be directed to DOPL.

Does SLCC offer job placement upon completing the program?

No. Securing employment is the responsibility of the student. However, the school has great services to help with job placement, including:

  • Maintaining jobs lists
  • Resume reviews
  • Mock interviews

Visit the Office of Career Services for more information or call (801) 957-4606.

What is the tuition refund policy?

The refund policy follows the College's academic calendar www.slcc.edu/academiccalendar/index.aspx.