Program Description

The Pharmacy Technician Program at NIAH preparesd the student to work, under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, preparing and dispensing medications. It is designed to prepare students to enter the pharmacy fielf at an entry level in hospitals, community (retail) pharmacies, or clinics, as well as non-traditional settings.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe basic pharmacology.
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician including law and ethical guidelines for practice.
  • Explain the classifications of drugs.
  • Discuss routes of administration, dosage forms, and drug dosages.
  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
  • Perform essential functions relating to inventory control and purchasing.
  • Describe procedures and techniques relating to aseptic technique, compounding, and parenteral dosage preparation.
  • Distinguish between trade and generic names of drugs and abbreviation used in pharmacy practice.
  • Explain the procedures and operations relating to the manufacturing, packaging, and labeling of drugs.

Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared for a rewarding career as a:

Pharmacy technician
Pharmacy clerk
IV certified pharmacy technician

According to BLS, the 2018 median $15.72/hour with a “Faster than average” job outlook.


  • Mosby Pharmacy Technician, 3rd Edition
All information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.