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Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician Program provides the fundamental knowledge, skills and training needed for entry-level employment. Students receive training in pharmaceutical calculations and pharmacy practices, operation and management as well as preparation techniques for pharmaceutical products. Upon successful completion of this 4-month program, students receive a Pharmacy Technician Certificate and are registered as a Pharmacy Technician with the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy. Students are then eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) and may become a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician.

In 2016, North Central Kansas Technical College Pharmacy Technician program added a retail simulation lab committed to improving the value of pharmacy technician education and enhanced clinical skills. To facilitate the advanced pharmacy simulation training, NCKTC and  PioneerRx have partnered to give students hands-on experience filling prescriptions, assessing appropriateness and safety of medication, understanding medication adherence through medication synchronization, collecting medication history, providing medication education, and focusing on clinical services such as medication therapy management.

PioneerRx, a software company based in Shreveport, Louisiana, focuses on rapid innovation and ensuring community pharmacies have the right tools to carry out the most advanced pharmacy practices. The company is investing in future generations of technicians through its educational endeavor: PioneerRx University. PioneerRx believes in providing education to each technician to make sure they  are using its software to its highest potential. To learn more visit Pioneer Rx at

The Pharmacy Tech program is now a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Recognized Education Program.




Program Outcomes

  • Apply the federal, state, and local laws; regulations and professional standards to pharmacy practice.
  • Analyze the role of the Pharmacy Technician in distributive pharmacy.
  • Perform math function, dosage calculation and compounding techniques.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in all job-related activities.
  • Design and relate messages for effective and appropriate oral and written communication.

Required Courses

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
PHRM-100Z Pharmacy Technician Science 4
PHRM-102 Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
PHRM-103Z Community Pharmacy 4
PHRM-105 Pharmacy Technician Internship I 4
PHRM-125L Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians I 4
Total Required Hours

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

Additional Notes:

The field of pharmacy technology is growing at a rapid rate. Hospitals and other healthcare institutions are actively seeking individuals with this expertise. Over the next several years, job opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to increase by 32% nationwide.

Post Graduate Jobs

Job Title Annual Salary
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $21
General Merchandise Stores $19
Health and Personal Care Stores $17

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Transfer Options

This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:
Health Studies (B.S.)

This Program is available in Hays

Department Chair

Hays: TBD