Missoula College of Technology

Missoula College of Technology - Pharmacy Technology Program

Pharmacy Technology Program

General Info

  • Missoula College, the two-year unit of the University of Montana provides outstanding occupational and technical education as fast-track learning programs that shorten the time from education to career.
  • Mission:
    The Mission of University of Montana-Missoula is to pursue academic excellence as demonstrated by the quality of curriculum and instruction, student performance, and faculty professional accomplishments.

The Program

Pharmacy Technician

  • Pharmacy Technicians are skilled individuals who are educated and trained to work in a pharmacy setting.
  • Technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies have varying responsibilities, dependingon state rules and regulations. To prepare the prescription, Technicians must
  • Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of medications. In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities. Within these work environments, technicians read patient charts and prepare and deliver the medicine to patients.

Pharmacy Technician Program:

  • Students are prepared to function in hospital-based pharmacies and retail pharmacies and may sit for the National Technician Certification Examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
  • Students have the opportunity to rotate to clinical sites throughout Missoula and the surrounding areas.
  • Classes are designed to be small and personal which gives students the invaluable hands-on experience and training needed to be successful on the job.
  • This program offers an excellent opportunity to carry the certificate forward into other advanced academic options.
  • All students receive one-on-one academic advising and counseling with faculty in the program who help them reach their academic goals.
  • Faculty in this program work professionally in this field of study, which provides students the opportunity to be trained with the most current information and skills.
  • The demand for these skilled professionals is very high; therefore, many students in this program have jobs before they graduate. Current salary range in Montana is from $10 per hour to $20 per hour, depending on employer, job duties, and experience.
  • After successfully completing the first semester of the program, students are well prepared and encouraged to sit for the national technician certification examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Upon completion of the Spring Semester,students are awarded a Certificate of Applied Science.
  • Note:
    Conviction of a crime (misdemeanor or felony) could leave an individual ineligible for participation in the certifying test and/or becoming registered in Montana as a certified pharmacy technician.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance Requirements

  • Pharmacy Technology program is competitive admissions programs that require a separate application process after prerequisite course work is completed.
  • High School diploma or GED,
  • transcript,
  • preadmission math abilities testing.


Accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Academic Degree

  • Length of Program: 2 Semesters
  • Award Upon Graduation: Certificate of Applied Science


Missoula College of Technology
909 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801

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Added: Wed Sep 12 2012
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