What is Pharmacy Technology?
The Pharmacy Technician performs technical functions under the direction of a Registered Pharmacist; including prescription preparation, inventory, repackaging, and compounding.
The essential elements of this certificate program include the history of pharmacy, pharmacy law, medical terminology, drug classification and prescription preparation.
Laboratory experience and an externship under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist are required components of the program.
What are my career options?
A few examples of workplaces in your local area:
Pharmacy Technicians can work in either a community or institutional pharmacy. Community
pharmacies consist of chain, franchise, independent, and mail-order pharmacies. Institutional
pharmacies include hospital, home healthcare, long-term care facilities, and managed-care
There is a need for Pharmacy Technicians in our area. As life-saving drugs continue to get approved and the population continues to age, the need for pharmacy technicians will continue. Statistics from the US Department of Labor show that employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than average through 2028.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Length of Program
The Advanced Pharmacy Technician Diploma program may be completed in three semesters while enrolled full-time. The Entry Level Pharmacy Technician program may be completed in two semesters while enrolled full-time.
This program may be completed online, but lab and externship hours are required to be in person.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
How do I apply?
Apply to Jefferson, then fill out the Pharmacy Technology Program application. This is a selective admission program, completed applications will be reviewed and students will be selected based on readiness (completion of communication, medical terminology, and digital literacy) and past healthcare experience. Not all applicants will be granted admission.
Jefferson's Pharmacy Technician Program is one of the few programs in Kentucky accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Certification is currently required by some employers.
Pharmacy Practice Simulation
By partnering with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, our program allows students to learn in a real-world environment using the most installed software for independent pharmacies. Students enhance their clinical and functional skills by training in a pharmacy system that is innovative, robust, and feature-rich. Read what current pharmacy leaders are saying about PioneerRx and see what the software has to offer.