Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Program Description

If your strength is maintaining order and consistency, a career as a pharmacy technician is perfect for you. Pharmacy technicians are crucial to keep a pharmacy running smoothly and you will learn the concepts, principles, skills, and attitudes needed to succeed from our certified instructors. Our program is ASHP/ACPE accredited and will prepare you to meet the state requirements for certification.

The Pharmacy Technician program gives you opportunities in direct pharmacy services and the entire pharmacy industry. Your hands-on experience will be in acute
care, long-term care and retail pharmacy settings. Your instructors are certified pharmacy technicians and pharmacists who will put you in position to pass the national certification exam when you graduate.

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Awards Offered: Diploma
Locations: Lincoln, Online
Formats: In-Person / Online
Start: Fall / Spring
Schedule: Full-Time
Estimated Total Cost
$4,358 Diploma

START HERE: Please follow the steps on the Get Started Checklist (PDF) to complete the program application process.

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You're a Good Fit

Pharmacy technicians play an important role in assisting licensed pharmacists in a variety of settings, including retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics. You will be a successful pharmacy technician if you:

  • are a person of character with honesty and integrity
  • are detail oriented and able to work on a team
  • use sequential and logical thinking skills to work step-by-step to complete a task
  • are able to communicate effectively (both verbal and written)
  • have good math skills
  • have the ability to perform repetitive tasks accurately
  • can function in areas where confidentiality is of the utmost importance
  • can work under stress
  • takes initiative to get the job done


Pharmacy technicians are in demand in Nebraska and the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Outlook indicates that “employment” for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2022. Recent SCC graduates report an average annual starting salary of $34,320. Many employers provide some type of fringe benefits and 24-hour, 7 days per week flexibility for scheduling work hours. A pharmacy technician works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and may perform these duties:

  • Receive and verify prescriptions
  • Prepare sterile and non-sterile medications for patients
  • Price and fill prescriptions
  • Complete patient paperwork
  • Process insurance claims
  • Take inventory and stock medications


Accreditation and Credentialing Organizations

The Southeast Community College Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by:

ashp logoAmerican Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814

PTCB logoAccreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603-3499

Program Outcomes (PDF)

PTCB-Recognized-Education-Training-Program-Seal-webSCC is a PTCB recognized education/training program. PTCB requires applicants for PTCB Credentials, including CPhT, CSPT, and specified Assessment-Based Certificate Programs, to complete a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program or to complete another pathway.

Diploma Programs with Reduced Financial Aid Eligibility

According to federal regulations [34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l), and guidance from the Department of Education, if a non-degree program (diploma, certificate) does not fully transfer to an associate degree, that program is subject to a specific calculation that will establish how many credits within the program are eligible for federal financial aid. The amount of aid available to the student is determined based on those eligible credits, and the student’s enrollment status (full-time, ¾ time, half-time, less-than-half-time).

So, what does this mean?
If a student enrolls in one of the programs subject to the calculation, federal financial aid may be limited. You will be responsible for the tuition and fees for the number of credits not covered by financial aid.

Please refer to the SCC catalog for current program requirements.

State Licensure or Certification Requirements

Students graduating from SCC’s Pharmacy Tech program will sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, which is accepted in all 50 States and U.S. territories. The exam is administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The program is accredited by ASHP/ACPE (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists).

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution

Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution (NC-SARA) institution. As such, SCC is unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following areas at this time: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact