Pharmacy Technology Certificate

Pharmacy technicians assist and support pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. Pharmacy technicians often perform many of the same duties as the pharmacist. The Pharmacy Technology program is offered fall semester only. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the pharmacy technician’s scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate the following:
    1. Accurate application of the five rights of pharmaceutical care: linking the right patient with the right prescriber with the right drug with the right directions, the right dose, and the right formulation;
    2. Professional interactions with the public, both face-to-face and via the phone;
    3. Appropriate and accurate calculations within a pharmacy setting;
    4. An understanding of quality control;
    5. An understanding of applicable state and federal laws;
    6. A knowledge of the top brand/generic drug names;
    7. Proper unit dose packaging;
    8. A knowledge of aseptic technique; and
    9. An understanding of the role of a technician inboth hospital and community workplaces.
  • Explain the correct protocol in the ordering, receiving, and documenting of drugs.
  • Manage inventory control.
  • Compare and contrast hospital and community pharmacy settings.
  • Understand patient privacy expectations.

Admission Guidelines

  • Applications for formal acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Certificate program are accepted once a year. Applications are available after February 1st and must be completed and returned by the third Friday in April. In order to be considered for acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology program, the student must have:
    1. Applied to and been admitted by Flathead Valley Community College.
    2. A high school diploma or GED and be 18 years of age.
    3. A grade of “C” or higher in M 090 or COMPASS test placement into M 095 or higher.
    4. COMPASS Reading Skills placement test score of 74 or higher OR a “C” or higher in a 100-level or above college course requiring college-level reading.
    5. Proof of immunizations listed in application packet.
    6. Completion of background check as listed in application packet.
  • Students accepted into the program must have a comprehensive background check and occupational health clearance.
  • Compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) policies is mandatory.


Adam Wenz (Fall Semester)
RH 106
(406) 756-3616
Dr. Janice Alexander (Spring Semester)
RH/SAT 144
(406) 756-3948
For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.
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