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, and distribution of printed information to the patient.
This program is made up of two parts. Part 1 is in Class and Lab Training (250 hours). Part 2 is a Pharmacy Technician Externship Training (200 hours). Students who successfully complete this training at MTECH will be eligible 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. Externships allow 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.
Our Pharmacy Technician Program partners with PioneerRx, the top pharmacy management system in the industry. PioneerRx enhances our curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that simulates the functions and workflow of today’s most innovative pharmacies. For more information, visit PioneerRx.
The MTECH Pharmacy Technician program is ASHP accredited and PTCB-Recognized.
Certificates and Licensures
- MTECH Program Certificate in Pharmacy Technician.
- Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) Utah State Pharmacy Technician Licensure (not required for completion).
- Students will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Pharmacy Technician Certification or the National Health Career Association (ExCPT) National Pharmacy Technician Certification.
Registration Eligibility: Adults and high school seniors only.
Registration Availability: Registration for Fall 2020 opens June 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. online on the MTECH Student Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.
Program Length: 450 hours.
Times: Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings. See schedule details below.
Locations: MTECH Lehi Main and Spanish Fork Campuses.
High School Students: Students should coordinate with home high school counselors prior to registration.
Entrance Assessment: Students must take the MTECH Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.
New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief MTECH New Student Orientation prior to first day of class. To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.
Any student 18 yrs of age or older must complete and pass a background check before beginning the externship.
All students, regardless of age, must complete a drug screen. Illicit drug use, criminal background checks, and immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician, and externship sites, employers, and State Boards of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use and criminal backgrounds.
Utah law requires that a student working in a pharmacy as part of a pharmacy technician training program must first obtain a Pharmacy Technician Trainee License. The trainee license application and more information will be distributed to students at the mandatory orientation.
VERY IMPORTANT: High School seniors will be required to pay tuition beginning June 1, 2021 for the remaining hours necessary to complete the externship hours at $2.10 per hour.
Mandatory Orientation Meeting for Registered Students.
Students are required to attend an orientation meeting to receive their Pharmacy Technician Enrollment Packet, Pharmacy Technician Trainee License criteria, and other important information. Please choose one day and time to attend. Lehi OR Spanish Fork Campus.
Monday, July 13th: 9:00am, 11:30am or 6:00pm
Monday, November 30th- 2:45 PM and 5:30 PM
Wednesday, December 2nd- 2:45 PM and 5:30 PM
Tuesday, December 8th-2:45 PM and 5:30 PM
|Session||Location||Room||Start Date||End Date||Start Time||End Time||Days|
|Fall 2020||Lehi||203||8/18/20||12/18/20||7:30 am||10:30 am||M-F|
|Fall 2020||Lehi||203||8/18/20||12/18/20||11:30 am||2:30 pm||M-F|
|Fall 2020||Lehi||203||8/18/20||12/18/20||6:00 pm||9:00 pm||M-F|
|Fall 2020||Spanish Fork||108||8/18/20||12/18/20||7:30 am||10:30 am||M-F|
|Fall 2020||Spanish Fork||108||8/18/20||12/18/20||11:45 am||2:45 pm||M-F|
|Spring 2021||Lehi||203||1/19/21||5/19/21||7:30 am||10:30 am||M-F|
|Spring 2021||Lehi||203||1/19/21||5/19/21||11:30 am||2:30 pm||M-F|
|Spring 2021||Lehi||203||1/19/21||5/19/21||6:00 pm||9:00 pm||M-F|
|Spring 2021||Spanish Fork||108||1/19/21||5/19/21||7:30 am||10:30 am||M-F|
|Spring 2021||Spanish Fork||108||1/19/21||5/19/21||11:45 am||2:45 pm||M-F|
Tuition and Fees
|Program Fees||$459.00||Includes National Exam fee.|
|total:||$1,494.00||All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.|
Materials and Supplies
|Pharmacy Technician Bundle||$344.00||ISBN # 978-7-6388-5731
The Pharmacy Practice Textbook, Pharmacy Calculations, Pharmacology for Technicians 6th edition, Pharmacy Lab Book for Technicians, 3rd edition
|Mosio's Comprehensive Approach, 3rd edition, Mindtap code||$100.00||ISBN # 978-1-3372-7836-2|
|Pharmacy Technician Packet||$18.00||CC-PHARM|
|Background Check and Drug Screen||$55.00|
|Pharmacy Technician Trainee License Fee||$50.00||paid to DOPL; required to do externship|
|Headphones/Earbuds||varies||please bring them to class|
|Utah State License Application Fee||$95.00||paid to DOPL; optional but highly recommended|