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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. As a Pharmacy Technician, you must have broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications but don’t need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. You could work in a hospital, retail setting, home health care, nursing home, clinic, or mail order. This 15-week program in a pharmacy-like classroom environment will provide you with the skill, knowledge and simulated lab experience you need to be a success. Employers favor hiring pharmacy techs who have formal training and certification is now required in the State of Michigan. This course includes a mock certification examination to prepare you for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. 

You will be awarded a certificate from Delta College upon successful completion of the program and you will receive information about taking the national certification exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician in class. Once you pass the exam, you will earn the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). For more information you may visit the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Register now to start your career in the fastest growing industry in the Great Lakes Bay region!


Schedule & Cost

Option 1
Dates: January 9 - April 19, 2017
Time: Mondays & Wednesdays; 6-9pm
Delta College Main Campus

Option 2
Dates: April 26 - July 31, 2017 
Time: Mondays & Wednesdays; 6-9pm
Delta College Main Campus

Cost: $1199
Course Number: CHG-3001

    What is a pharmacy technician?

    Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. They must have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice, and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications, but they do not need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist.

    Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as pharmacists, however, all of a technician’s work must be checked by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed to a patient. All the duties of pharmacy technicians have a need for absolute accuracy and precision in both the technical and clerical aspects of the job.

    Where do pharmacy technicians work?

    Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, retails, home health cares, nursing homes, clinics and in mail order. In a retail pharmacy, technicians may stock and inventory prescription and over the counter medications, maintain written or computerized patient medication records, count or pour medications into dispensing containers, type prescription labels, prepare insurance claim forms, and manage the cash register. In hospitals, pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as they do in retail pharmacy, but they may have additional responsibilities including assembling a 24- hour supply of medication for each patient, repackaging medications, preparing commercially unavailable medications, preparing sterile intravenous medications, maintaining nursing station medications, collecting quality improvement data and delivering medications to patient rooms.

    What will I learn in this course?

    This 15 week program is spent in a classroom environment with simulated laboratory experience. The course includes a mock certification examination. Students are evaluated through:

    • Written exams
    • Class participation
    • Punctuality
    • Attendance

    Students must maintain a 75 percent average in each aspect of the program, including ethical and safety aspects as well as demonstrations, in order to receive a certificate. Also, students must have 100 percent attendance in order to receive a certificate. There are no excused absences from this course.

    What kind of certification will I receive?

    Students are awarded a certificate of completion from Delta College, upon successful completion of all the program related requirements.

    Students are strongly encouraged to take the National Certification Exam for Certified Pharmacy Technicians through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Those who pass the exam earn the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).  Information on this exam will be supplied in class.

    • In the near future the State of Michigan Licensing Division and Board of Pharmacy will require licensure and certification to work as a Pharmacy Technician in the State of Michigan, successfully passing the Certified Pharmacy Technician CPhT certification will be one of the first steps in the State of Michigan for Pharmacy Technician licensure eligibility as well as employment. 



    1. Admission
    Students must go through Admission to Delta College. There are several ways to apply to Delta College. For an admissions application, office hours and other important information please contact the Admissions Office.

    a. You may apply online. Select "Non-Academic LifeLong Learning, ND.11000" as your Program of Study.
    b. You may also apply in person within the Admissions Office and pick-up the application. Your application will be processed while you are at the college and you will receive your student number.

    2. Program Readiness
    a. Potential LifeLong Learning students are exempt from placement testing with an associates degree or higher. If exempt, you must present transcripts to LifeLong Learning prior to registration.
    b. You must demonstrate program readiness with the following placement levels prior to registration.

    • Writing – Level 4
    • Reading – Level 4
    • Math – Level 3

    c. You may also reach required placement levels by completing academic course work in combination with placement, SAT® or ACT® test scores.

    Accessing your Prerequisite Level
    Students who have completed placement testing may access their scores through their MyDelta account. Within the Student section of MyDelta, click on the "Placement Test Summary" link to calculate your scores. The placement test summary will calculate completed academic course work in combination with your placement test scores to give you an overall placement level. If your placement level does not meet the required prerequisite levels listed above for this program, you may need to retake one or more of the placement assessments.

    For assistance determining your current placement level, please contact LifeLong Learning at 989-686-9444. 

    3. High School Diploma or GED® Test Credential

    It is our recommendation that students who meet the above prerequisites have also attained a high school diploma or GED® test credential (not a high school certificate of completion) prior to participation and/or completion of this program. This recommendation is based on overall student success and hiring standards of many employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.


    Textbooks are required for this course for this course. You may purchase your book through the Delta College Bookstore:

    Online: Order your book online at
    By Phone: You can place your textbook order by phone 989-686-9030
    In Person: Purchase textbooks in person on main campus in the bookstore


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