Technical Standards for Pharmacy Technician

Below are the technical standards required to successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician program and gain employment in the field. Because our graduates are eligible to become pharmacy technicians with practice restrictions, students are required to complete all core components. The program does not allow achievement in only a limited set of activities.

Technical Standards


Students are expected to have the ability to critically observe demonstrations, laboratory manipulations, and hands-on skill set competencies that require the functional use of vision, verbal, hearing, and somatic senses. Thus, acuity in these senses is vital and is required by the faculty and profession.


Students must be able to communicate in the English language effectively, efficiently, and with sensitivity in verbal, non-verbal, and written forms with peers, faculty, staff, and practice community. Social Media and texting are not effective forms of communication and should not be utilized.

Sensory and Motor Coordination (Fine and Gross)

Students are expected to have sufficient motor function to perform all clinical and laboratory functions. Standing and sitting for long periods of time based upon working environment are required. This includes sterile (aseptic) and non-sterile compounding guideline manipulations, inventory management protocols, and all other related requirements. Students are expected to be able to interface with essential technologies and remain current with related industry references to support daily functions.

Intellectual, Qualitative, and Conceptual Abilities

Students must demonstrate a range of intellectual skills that allow mastery of the large and complex body of knowledge that comprises the pharmacy technician curriculum. Students must also demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, have the ability to solve pharmaceutical calculations, and to analyze monitoring parameters that govern the industry.

Behavioral Attributes

Students must possess sufficient mental and emotional health to utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, promptly complete all assignments, and to function under the stress of physically and emotionally demanding workloads. Students must demonstrate compassion and must be able to effectively function in culturally and socially diverse educational and practice environments. Illicit drug use and alcohol impairment are not tolerated and all students must submit to periodic criminal history checks and drug screens according to institutional/employer policy.