Pharmacy Technician training

July 2, 2018 by Anonymous

You could be employed next spring as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) working in a retail or hospital pharmacy if you enroll in a training course this fall on Thursday evenings at Northland Pioneer College’s Snowflake campus.

Pharmacy technician students may qualify for free or reduced-cost training through Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Arizona @ Work, available (online), through local Department of Economic Security offices, or the Navajo and Apache Counties Workforce Investment Board (

“It is important to check with these agencies BEFORE registering for the Pharmacy Technician course,” stressed Connie Warren, NPC’s coordinator of Allied Health programs. “Once you register, it is harder for these agencies to assist with the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks.”

And if you need financial help to cover some of the costs for this training, NPC Friends and Family is offering five $500 grants to qualified applicants. Applications must be received by noon, Wednesday, July 25. To apply or for more information, visit or contact Betsyann Wilson, executive director of NPC Friends and Family, (928) 536-6245 or email.

Northland Pioneer College's Pharmacy Technician Training course will prepare you for the national certification exam, required by most employers in this fast-paced healthcare field. CPhT training also provides a foundation for additional studies to become a registered pharmacist.


This intensive, eight-credit-hour course covers medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy, pharmaceutical calculations, and prevention of medication errors. The ethics of pharmacy practice and the technician's role in this allied health profession are also covered. Students will also complete a 120-hour paid or unpaid externship, providing valuable job experience.

Pharmacy Technician Training (PHT 102) meets on Thursday evenings, August 23 through December 13, from 6 to 8:59 p.m., in the Student Center, room 131, at 1611 S. Main in Snowflake.

Individuals interested in becoming pharmacy technicians can have no prior felony convictions or record of drug or substance abuse. Students must be 18 or older, have a GED or high school diploma, and have current health care provider CPR and First Aid certification. The CPR course is available through NPC (EMT 104) for $37. Proof of legal United States residency is required to obtain a trainee license. Before beginning the required externship, students must obtain and acquire fingerprint clearance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety ($67) and a Pharmacy Technician Trainee License ($60) from the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

Tuition for the eight-credit PHT 102 course is $592, plus a $40 course fee, $45 media fee, and textbooks (±$140). Order books by August 1 to insure delivery before the first class session. Students enrolling on or after August 20 will be charged a $25 late registration fee.

Snowflake course instructor Devin Brimhall is employed at the Winslow Indian Healthcare Center, but lives in Taylor, where he is discovering “I'm related to about a third of Snowflake/Taylor and am actually finally meeting my hundreds of cousins, usually by accident, while around town.”

Brimhall started as a technician for Walmart in Mesa, where he grew up, and continued working as a tech while completing his undergraduate and graduate studies through Regis University in Denver. With over 10 years of pharmacy experience, he gets the most job satisfaction counseling patients and working with providers to streamline medication regimens. He also works extensively with the Behavioral Health Department regarding psychiatric medications.

Most people are familiar with the retail pharmacy technician, but CPhT's are also employed in hospital or nursing home pharmacies, at research facilities and by insurance companies. Government agencies, such as branches of the armed services, federal drug agencies, and the National Institute of Health, offer positions for nationally registered technicians.

Registration for fall classes is currently underway during regular business hours. As part of the registration process, you will need to verify your U.S. residency status, which is also required for your Pharmacy Trainee license. Your local NPC campus or center will provide details about required documentation. For more information, see an NPC academic adviser.

For more information about NPC's Pharmacy Technician training program, contact an NPC academic adviser at the nearest NPC campus or center, or call the Nursing & Allied Health Division, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6136.

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