RETHINK YOUR EDUCATION
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication. They work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. If a customer’s question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist.
Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.
Pharmacy technicians typically do the following: • Count and measure amounts of medication for prescriptions • Compound or mix medications, such as preparing ointments • Package and label prescriptions • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims • Help with office work, such as answering phone calls from customers. Students will learn how to assist the pharmacist in a simulated retail or hospital setting. Training will include:
- inventory, ordering, labeling, storing, distributing medicines
- working with the patient records
- billing information
- gathering information for the pharmacist
- distribution of printed information to the patient
Part 1, Class and Lab Training (400 hours)
Students who successfully complete this training must have a high school diploma or GED to qualify to take the national exam. After passing the national exam, students may apply to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician in the State of Utah. Students must complete the license application process with the State of Utah within two years (24 months) of the program start date.
Part 2, Pharmacy Technician Externship Training (200 hours)
The state of Utah requires a 200 hour externship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Licensure. This part of the program allows the student to go to an on-site pharmacy setting, where they observe and assist in the daily tasks with the pharmacist in a retail or hospital pharmacy. Students will be responsible to arrange their own externship site in coordination with the program instructor. Adult students must complete and pass a background check and drug screen before beginning the externship.
Program Application Information
- The Department of Public Licensing (DOPL) is now requiring all students to have their Pharmacy Technician Trainee License before the first day of class.
- Before the student sends in their application to DOPL, it must be signed by an instructor or a Student Services representative. Instructions for this step can be found in the packet.
- In order to license in Utah with the Department of Public Licensing (DOPL), students must be 18 and have taken the National Pharmacy Technician Exam.
- Students have to have a High School diploma or a GED before taking the National Exam. Although there is no age requirement for Students to take the National Exam, in order to license in Utah, students must be 18.
Mandatory Orientation Meetings
Instructors will conduct a mandatory orientation with all registered students. Students will fill out the application for the license and go over all of the necessary documentation at this meeting. Any student not able to attend that day will need to set up an appointment with the instructor to get the information on their own. The application process can take up to three weeks to complete. Please plan on attending.
Mandatory Orientation Meeting Schedule. Please attend one of the following:
Prerequisites, locations, schedules, costs and other requirements.
Application Packet will be handed out during the first mandatory orientation meeting.
- MATC Pharmacy Technician Program Certificate. Learn more about MATC certifications.
- Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) Utah State Pharmacy Technician Licensure (not required for completion)
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Pharmacy Technician Certification, or National Healthcareer Association (ExCPT) National Pharmacy Technician Certification