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    Placement/Transfer 94%

    That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2013-2014 graduates found work or continued their education.


Pharmacy Technician

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    Welcome to SCC’s Pharmacy Technician program. 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.

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    The 12-month, 4 quarter program offers students concentrated basic study and laboratory practice in pharmacy technician fundamentals. The program teaches students the concepts, principles, skills, and attitudes needed to become pharmacy technicians who can work with patients throughout the life-span. Students will have hands-on clinical experience in a variety of facilities and are provided close supervision and guidance under a registered pharmacist. Registered pharmacists serve as preceptors for clinical experience in area hospitals, long-term care facilities and retail pharmacies. All tuition, fees, books, and related costs are the responsibility of the student (see estimated cost list).


    The Pharmacy Technician program’s mission is to be consistent with the mission of Southeast Community College and that of the Health Sciences Division.  The College mission is to provide quality career/technical and academic educational opportunities for the students, businesses, and communities of our district. The program’s mission is to graduate competent, ethical and confident entry-level health care practitioners – benefiting the community at large by providing quality pharmacy services.

    2015-ASHPAccreditationLogoThe program is accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). For occupational information, please visit

    Employment Outlook

    Due to the increasing number of people who are living longer and are needing medications throughout Nebraska and the nation and the ever-increasing scope of practice within the profession, pharmacy technicians are in demand in Nebraska and the United States and will continue to be a “hot” job opportunity both now and in the future. 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.

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook data indicates that the average wage for pharmacy technicians in 2012 was $14.10 per hour or $29,320 per year. The range of pay can be anywhere from $20,580 to $42,400. Specifically in Nebraska, the median wage is $13.18 per hour or an annual salary of $27,770. Many employers provide some type of fringe benefits and 24-hour, 7 days per week flexibility for scheduling working hours.

    View Gainful Employment Information for this Program of Study.

    Starting Terms

    Summer Quarter.

    Program Self-Advising Sheet 

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    Program Requirements & Student Responsibilities

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    Program Prerequisites

    • The program does not have prerequisite courses; however, courses used to fulfill ENGL1010, SPCH1090, and MEDA1202 program requirements may be taken ahead of time to lighten the load once the student has started the program.
    • Required courses may be earned at SCC or any college as long as they meet the approval of SCC transfer requirements and program curriculum.

    Program Requirements

    • Successful completion of a Criminal Background Check, including the Nebraska adult and child abuse registries (CBC executed by SCC). Based on the outcome of the CBC, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for this Criminal Background Check.
    • Completed health statement, including current (within one year) TB and flu shot at start of second quarter in the program.
    • Obtain or possess a current CPR certification by the American Heart Association for Health Care Providers at start of second quarter in the program.
    • Obtain state of Nebraska pharmacy technician registration at start of second quarter in the program.

    Program Admission

    Submit to Admissions:

    Students will be placed on the appropriate waiting list and contacted with an anticipated start date upon successful completion of the admission process.

    Important Documents

    Student Responsibilities in the Program

    • Perform all Essential Functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
    • Complete all program courses with a minimum grade of 75% (C+) in order to graduate with at least 2.5 GPA.
    • Maintain current CPR certification and immunizations.
    • Play an active role in their education process.
    • Maintain confidentiality regarding health and personal information of patient and abide by HIPAA guidelines.
    • Follow all safety requirements.
    • Maintain appropriate professional conduct in clinical and didactic settings.
    • Possess computer skills and have Internet access.
    • Know contents of SCC Student Handbook for program and College.

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