program overview

pharmacy technology

student with gloves holding bottle with medicine

* this program is financial aid eligible.
the pharmacy technology program prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency.

students will prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications in unit-dose or med-card form, and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

employment opportunities include retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. graduates from the program may be eligible to take the national certification examination to become a certified pharmacy technician.

clinical practice takes place at duke university medical center, durham regional hospital, veterans affairs medical center, university of north carolina hospitals, rex healthcare, person memorial hospital, lincoln community health center, and selected retail pharmacies.

the pharmacy technology program is accredited for pharmacy technician training by the american society of health-system pharmacists.

learn more about the pharmacy technology profession and durham tech programs (pdf) in this presentation.

program applications are accepted throughout the year. review the admissions checklist and essential skills form.

for more information or questions, contact donna alston, admissions counselor at 919-536-7200, ext. 1122 or tammie davis, interim program director at 919-536-7233, ext. 8108.

spring application deadline is jan 05

Estimated Tuition & Fees


degree type

associate in applied science (aas)


main campus, online

minimum credit hours


program stats

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average salary

outline of person

average class size


estimated completion time

20-24 months

current and upcoming course offerings

course number title credit hours
aca-122 college transfer success 1
bio-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
bus-137 principles of management 3
cis-113 computer basics 1
eng-111 writing and inquiry 3
eng-112 writing and research in the disciplines 3
phi-240 introduction to ethics 3
phm-118 sterile products 4
phm-120 pharmacology i 3
phm-125 pharmacology ii 3
phm-140 trends in pharmacy 2
phm-155 community pharmacy 3
phm-165 pharmacy prof practice 2
psy-150 general psychology 3
student handing prescription to customer over counter

“i chose the pharmacy tech program at durham tech because i heard great things about it and i really love it. the instructors are so helpful and welcoming. i feel prepared and confident about taking the certification exam and getting a job in this field.”

—ashley oakley