College of Technology

Pharmacy Technology Program

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technology program prepares graduates for positions working under the supervision of a licensed and registered pharmacist in retail and institutional pharmacy practice settings. Students completing the program will have a basic understanding of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacy law, and the therapeutic classification and use of the top-200 prescription drugs.

Students will develop skills in pharmaceutical preparation, maintaining patient profiles or records, sterile products preparation, performing stocking procedures, communication and computer operations to enter, store, and recall patient information.

Approximately 14-16 students are admitted to the program each fall semester. Course requirements prior to the technical pharmacy courses are open to all students who meet specific course prerequisites. The Advanced Technical Certificate can be obtained in an 11-month course of study.

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August
  • Requires 1 year to complete if prerequisites have been met (Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer term)
  • Divided into three components: seated and online instruction, laboratory demonstrations and practice, and practicum/externship placements
  • Practicum/externship placements may require working evening or weekend hours
  • Upon successful completion of the program, the student is prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician National Certification Exam
  • Program requires the successful completion of 53 credit hours including prerequisites
Program Statistics

Degree Options

Career Advancement

With your Advanced Technical Certificate in Pharmacy Technology, national certification in the field, and some work experience, you may consider additional educational and career growth opportunities such as:

  • an AS or AAS degree in a health occupations field.
  • a BSHS degree that would open the way to managerial positions in health professions.
  • post-graduate education in a number of health-related disciplines.

Career Opportunities

  • Out-Patient Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Hospital or other institutional settings

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Students must be qualified for college level coursework in English and Math (See an advisor for details)
  • Completion of a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better:
    • HO 0105 Introduction to Allied Health Careers
    • BT 0170 Introduction to Computers
    • MATH 1123 Mathematics in Modern Society
    • HO 0111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 360 Math: 460
rSAT English: 360 Math: 500
ACT English: 14 Math: 19
ALEKS Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 53
COMPASS Writing: 55 Algebra: 45

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.


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