Why Choose NPC's Pharmacy Technician Studies?
The NPC Pharmacy Technician course provides the broad range of knowledge necessary for students wishing to enter this field. Topics include introduction to medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy as related to the pharmacology of medications as well as studies in pharmaceutical calculations.
The one-semester course also provides you with the knowledge required to pass the national certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PCTB). Certification gives you that helpful edge when seeking employment in this area.
- For your convenience, the class is generally offered at the centrally-located Snowflake campus during the evening.
- Per credit cost of tuition at NPC is the lowest in the state of Arizona. You spend less to acquire a quality educational experience in this growing health care field.
About Our Program
Pharmacy Technician studies have been designed for students with basic keyboarding skills of approximately 25 words per minute. Additionally, in order to enroll for the 8-credit hour PHT 102 Pharmacy Technician course, a student must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and have passed ASSET/COMPASS placement tests with reading scores of 36/65 and numerical scores of 34/35.
- EMT 104 (CPR and First Aid) or an equivalent must be taken in advance of
or at the same time as the PHT 101 course.
- As part of the required Externship, students must present a DPS Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card and Pharmacy Technician Trainee license with no restrictions. Information and forms to acquire these documents are presented in class. Proof of legal United States residency is also required for the Trainee license.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase 9 percent over the next eight years much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people will spur demand for technicians. In addition, as scientific advances bring treatments for an increasing number of conditions, more pharmacy technicians will be needed to fill a growing number of prescriptions. There will be opportunities for full- and part-time work, especially for technicians with formal training or previous experience.
Mean Arizona annual earnings:
$34,130 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 SOC 29-2052)