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Pharmacy Technician

Certificate of Technical Studies

Program Director: Pamela Christianson

This program is offered online (except for the on-site clinical)

Program Application (Fall 2017 Application available March 15th)

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As a pharmacy technician, you help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They also perform administrative duties, such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers. Any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters are referred to the pharmacist. When you complete this program you will have the skills and knowledge required for an entry-level pharmacy technician position and will be prepared to take the national certification exam. Courses are online with an on-site clinical component and can be completed in as little as one, 16-week semester.

The Great Falls College MSU Pharmacy Tech Program is a limited enrollment program, accepting a 23 of students each year. Interested students are urged to contact the Program Director or the Advising & Career Center Advisors for student advising specific to program admission requirements and criteria for program acceptance.

Job Opportunities:

About 72 percent of pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies that are independently owned or part of a drugstore chain, grocery store, department store, or mass retailer. The other 18 percent are employed in hospitals, and a small proportion work in mail-order and Internet pharmacies, offices of physicians, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and the federal government.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts the employment of pharmacy technicians to increase by 32 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The 2008 median hourly wage in Montana was $13.78/hr with a median annual salary of $24, 289.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Describe the use of current technology in the healthcare environment to endure the safety and accuracy of medication dispensing.
  • Compare and contrast the roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in ensuring pharmacy department compliance with professional standards and relevant legal, regulatory, formulary, contractual, and safety requirements.
  • Practice as a qualified, licensed pharmacy technician working with pharmacists to provide medication and other healthcare products to patients.
  • Demonstrate positive work ethic, professionalism, and appropriate interpersonal skills whether in a hospital, clinical, or retail setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology, pharmacy calculations, ethics, pharmacology, and healthcare delivery methods pertaining to pharmacy law, practice, and calculations.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $3,190
Application Fee $30
Montana Board of Pharmacy Licensing Fee $60
Books/Supplies $798
Total $4,077


Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Note: In order to be accepted into the Pharmacy Technician program, students must place into M 090 or higher, either by placement testing or by passing M 065 with a grade of B- or higher.

First Year
Prerequisite Courses
AHMS 144 Medical Terminology + 3
CAPP 120 Introduction to Computers + 3
HTH 180 Pharmaceuticals for HC Provdrs + 1
PHAR 100 Intro Pharm Practice for Techs + 2
PHAR 101 Pharmacy Calculations + 3
WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing **,+ 3

First Year
Program Course Requirements After Formal Acceptance
AHMS 105 Health Care Delivery + 2
PHAR 112 Pharm Practice Law and Calcs *,+ 4
PHAR 198 Internship *,+ 4
PHL 221 Intro Philosophy &Biomed Ethcs + 3
Total Credits28


Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.