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Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician
Starting Fall 2014, the program will be newly located at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus.


The Roane State Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program is a 2 semester program preparing students to enter the pharmacy field as trained technicians. It is intended to provide comprehensive, quality training to students so they will be able to function in community and organized healthcare pharmacy settings. Upon completion of the certificate program students will be ready to obtain national certification by taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination.

Employment Opportunities/Salary Ranges

According to the U.S. Department of Labor employment opportunities are expected to be good, especially for those with certification. Pharmacy technicians work in retail, hospital, mail-order, drug wholesale companies and long term care facilities. The salary range is $8-$10 per hour in the East Tennessee area, with certified technicians possibly earning more. Shift differentials may also be available in some settings for working evenings, weekends, or holidays. Currently technicians are required to register with the state of Tennessee and post their registration within the pharmacy site. Individuals convicted of crimes other than minor traffic violations may be prohibited from receiving registration from the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy. Certification is currently not required by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy.


Currently, the Pharmacy Technician Program is taught at the Roane County Main Campus. In Fall 2014, the program will be located at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus.

Students enter the program at the start of the fall semester each year and courses must be taken in sequence.


The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists(ASHP) 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814; (301)657-3000;

Program Costs

Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

* Program courses that are taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee. A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.

Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses
(Visit for book titles and prices)

Scrubs for Pharmacy Practice I and II $50
Lab coat for Pharmacy Practice I and II $25
Shoes $70
Calculator $25
Physical Exam (cost may vary) $150
Liability Insurance (2 semesters) $30
Books (approximate cost) $1,000
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board National exam $120
Name tag for directed practice $10
Criminal background check (if required): $65

Total additional cost $1,545

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