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South Dakota Pharmacy Technician Schools

South Dakota Pharmacy Technician

  • A pharmacy technician is an individual registered by the board who is in a technician training program or who is employed by a licensed pharmacy located in South Dakota.
  • The pharmacy technician assists in the technical functions of the practice of pharmacy, enabling the pharmacist to provide pharmaceutical care to the patient. The supervising pharmacist is responsible for the actions of a pharmacy technician.

South Dakota Pharmacy Technician Registration Requirement

  • The registration program for pharmacy technicians was established for the purposes of identification, tracking, and disciplinary action. The registration does not include any determination by the board of the competency of the registered individual.
  • A pharmacy technician is required to register with the board by completing and submitting an application for registration within 30 days of accepting employment as a pharmacy technician in a South Dakota pharmacy.
  • Must present the board with evidence of high school graduation or possession of a general educational development certificate equivalent.
  • Any person who is enrolled in a college or vocational-based technician training program is required to obtain a pharmacy technician-in-training registration prior to beginningon-site practical experience. The length of technician-in-training program may not exceed a period of more than two years.
  • Certification of pharmacy technicians. The national certification of pharmacy technicians is required.

South Dakota Pharmacy Technician Training Requirement

Required Must provide evidence of completion of one of the following for registration:
  1. A pharmacy technician training program offered by a board-approved, accredited vocational/technical institution or college;
  2. A pharmacy technician training program accredited by a boardapproved, national organization that accredits pharmacy technician training programs;
  3. A pharmacy technician training program provided by a branch of the United States armed forces or Public Health Service; or
  4. An employer-based pharmacy technician training program that includes a minimum total of 480 hours in a one-year period to include both theoretical and practical instruction. An employer utilizing such a program must develop and regularly update a technician training manual that must be available for board inspection upon request. The employer must also supply a pharmacy technician who completes the training program with evidence of completion. The employer-based pharmacy technician training program must include written guidelines, policies, and procedures.

South Dakota Pharmacy Pharmacy Technician Renewal Requirement

Required Registrations expire on October 31 each year. Renewal applications are sent to each pharmacy approximately one month prior to expiration.

South Dakota Pharmacy Technician Salary*

*From Bureau of Labor Statistics - May 2011
  • Hourly Average Salary: $13.89
  • Annual Average Salary: $28,900
  • Employment: 1,080

South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy

  • Mission Statement:
    The mission of the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy is to protect the health and welfare of South Dakota consumers by
    • administering licensure and inspection of retail and hospital pharmacies, poison outlets, and non-prescription outlets;
    • to ensure that all licensed pharmacy practitioners conform to South Dakota Laws and Board of Pharmacy rules;
    • to ensure that all licensed outlets conform to South Dakota Laws and Board of Pharmacy rules;
    • to perform initial licensure of pharmacy practitioners by examination or reciprocity and insure that all licenses are renewed properly;
    • and, to administer the licensure and inspection of wholesale drug distributors and non-resident pharmacies delivering prescription drugs to South Dakota.
  • South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
  • 3701West 40th Street, Suite 104
  • Sioux Falls, SD 57106
  • Phone: 605.362.2737
  • Fax: 605.362.2738
  • South Dakota State Board of Pharmacy
  • South Dakota Board of Pharmacy

South Dakota Pharmacists Association

  • Mission:
    The mission of the South Dakota Pharmacists Association to promote, serve, and protect the pharmacy profession.

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