Department of Health Professions

Pharmacy Technology
Certificate of Applied Science

Pharmacy technicians assist in the various activities of the pharmacy department not requiring the professional judgment of the pharmacist.  They perform such duties as maintaining patient records, filling prescriptions, pricing, drug calculations, intravenous medication compounding, filing, dispensing routine orders for stock supplies and patient care areas, and maintaining inventory of drug supplies.

Students are prepared to function in hospital‑based pharmacies and retail pharmacies.  Graduates may be employed in hospitals, retail drug stores, drug manufacturers, and wholesale drug companies.  Students are required to rotate to clinical sites and some may be outside the Missoula area.

After successfully com­pleting the program, students are awarded a Certificate of Applied Science. and are well prepared and encouraged to sit for the national technician certification examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Conviction of a crime (misdemeanor or felony) could leave an individual ineligible for participation in the certifying test and/or becoming registered in Montana as a certified pharmacy technician. Additionally, the Montana State Board of Pharmacy Application for Pharmacy Technician Registration includes a number of questions regarding personal history, including but not limited to criminal charges.  Please contact the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board),, and the Montana State Board of Pharmacy ( ) if this is a potential problem. 

Current salary range in Montana is from $10 per hour to $20 per hour, depending on employer, job duties, and experience.

The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Length of Program: 2 Semesters
Award Upon Graduation: Certificate of Applied Science
Entry Times: Fall Semester


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Program: Pharmacy Technology  
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP):   51.0805
CIP Description: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant    
Level of Program: Certificate of Applied Science    
Program Length (months):   9
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Related Occupations:   SOC Code
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary   25-1071.00
Pharmacy Technicians   29-2052.00
Estimated Cost of Completing the Program Montana Residents Non-Residents
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Job Placement Rate for program completers Students who completed a Federal Perkins Grant Program-approved Certificate in FY2010-2011
What types of jobs? Jobs in or closely-related to the field of study
When were they employed? Students who were employed from October to December of the year they graduated
How were graduates tracked? Student data is submitted to the US Department of Labor who then matches that information with income records from the Internal Revenue Service
What agencies (state or accrediting), if any, is this rate reported to? Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and accrediting body


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