Pharmacy Technician Overview

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacy Technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent from 2012- 2022. For further information, please visit: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at pharmacy-technicians.htm.

The Pharmacy Technology program is a two-semester, cohortbased, certificate program. This program prepares students to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification (NPTC) Board’s certifying examination ( ).

Effective in June 2015, Senate Bill 92 states that all Pharmacy Technicians be certified and licensed in the State of Michigan; they must take and pass the NPCT Board Exam in order to obtain this licensure.

Students who successfully pass the NPTC exam can apply the credit earned in the Certificate of Pharmacy Technology to the Associate of Science degrees at Marygrove College.

Program Scheduling
The Certificate in Pharmacy Technology program is primarily an evening program. Students in the cohort-based program complete the program in two academic semesters (fall, winter).

Transfer Student Information
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines. However, prior pharmacy technology coursework cannot be transferred in.

Performance Standard Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Certificate in Pharmacy Technology.

Pharmacy Technology students complete a required externship during their second semester when they enroll in PHT 170.

Students must complete the Undergraduate Admissions Application and be accepted to the College prior to starting the Program.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in Basic Mathematics (MTH 099) through ACT scores or the College Placement test before entering the program.