Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Is pharmacy for me? Is being a pharmacy technician easy?
A career in pharmacy gives you the opportunity to be a part of one of the fastest growing fields in health care. Pharmacy technicians work closely with pharmacists to help ensure that patients have the medications they need. Even though careers in pharmacy are rewarding, pharmacy is not easy work.  Many pharmacy technicians spend a majority of the work day on their feet. Pharmacy technicians may be asked to work a variety of shifts, including weekends and holidays.

What do pharmacy technicians do?
Pharmacy Technicians assist the pharmacist in serving patients, maintain medication and inventory control systems and participate in the administration and management of pharmacy practice.

Where do pharmacy technicians work?
Pharmacy technicians are employed in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, home health care pharmacies, long term care pharmacies, clinic pharmacies, mail-order prescription pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

What is the Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians?
“Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32% from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations”. “Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time work, especially for technicians with formal training or previous experience.” For more on employment for Pharmacy Technicians go to: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos325.htm

What is a certified pharmacy technician?
Becoming a certified pharmacy technician involves passing a certification exam that shows you have the knowledge needed to perform the duties of a pharmacy technician. Currently, national certification of pharmacy technicians is offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) (www.ptcb.org). Becoming certified is voluntary in North Carolina; however, some employers require this certification.

Why should I get an AAS degree in Pharmacy Technology? Isn’t certification enough?
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy recognizes graduates with an AAS Degree in Pharmacy Technology as Validating Technicians.  Validating Technicians will have an expanded role in pharmacy practice in North Carolina and will be allowed to validate certain stocking and unit-dose packaging functions of other pharmacy technicians in the institutional pharmacy setting.

How long should it take to complete the degree program?
The program requires 2 years (five semesters) to complete.