Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. Under supervision they help prepare prescriptions, sometimes measuring, mixing, packaging, labeling and delivering medications to patients. They order supplies and help to keep pharmacy equipment clean. Pharmacy technicians also help to maintain confidential drug and patient records. Graduates of this program will assist licensed pharmacists as they provide medications and other drug devices to patients.

The occupational endorsement is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensure examination. Students should note that although this program has no age restrictions, the state of Alaska requires that all pharmacy technicians be at least 18 years of age prior to licensure.

Program Description and Student Learning Outcomes

This program of study prepares students to work as pharmacy technicians. The program meets the outcomes of the "Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Training" developed by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Upon successful completion of the Occupational Endorsement Certificate, Pharmacy Technology, students will be well-prepared to work in various settings as a pharmacy technician and to successfully sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination (PTCB). They will also have a solid background o continue further study in the field of pharmacy, pursuing a pre-pharmacy degree and ultimately a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

After completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Receive, screen and prepare prescription/medication orders checking for completeness, authenticity and accuracy.
  2. Initiate, verify, assist in the adjudication of, and collect payment and/or initiate billing for pharmacy services and goods.
  3. Purchase and maintain inventory of medications, equipment and devices according to an established plan.
  4. Maintain pharmacy equipment and facilities.
  5. Participate in the process for preventing medication misadventures, notifying the pharmacist when a problem or situation requires his/her attention.
  6. Communicate clearly when speaking or writing while maintaining confidentiality, compassion, and an image of professionalism.

Occupational Endorsement Certificate Requirements

  • The Occupational Endorsement Certificate is comprised of six (6) courses offered during the Fall and Spring Semesters.  All courses are offered distance-delivered through UAA's online course management system, Blackboard.  Students must earn a satisfactory grade (C or higher) in all courses:
    • PHAR A101 Introduction to Pharmacy (3)
    • PHAR A105 Pharmacology for Technicians I (3)
    • PHAR A107 Pharmacy Calculations (3)
    • PHAR A111 Techniques of Pharmacy Practice (3)
    • PHAR A115 Pharmacology for Technicians II (3)
    • PHAR A192 Topics in Pharmacy (1)
  • A total of 16 credits is required for this certificate.