Pharmacy Technician State Requirements

It is vital to learn about pharmacy technician state requirements so that you use your time as wisely as possible.

See the list below to find your state's information.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont

More states coming soon!

You'll find information and weblinks for:

  • The state's board of pharmacy
  • Whether the state regulates pharmacy technicians
  • Whether certification is required
  • What certification exam(s) is/are recognized by the state
  • Whether licensure is required
  • Whether training is required
  • The specific requirements for becoming a pharmacy tech in your state
  • Whether there are continuing education (CE) requirements, and if so, what they are
  • The general functions that a pharmacy technician can perform in your state
  • The required pharmacist-to-technician ratio
  • Whether experiential training is required, and if so, how much
  • What others' experiences have been when they became a pharmacy technician in your state

...and more!

Armed with this information, you will take a shortcut to success as a pharmacy technician in your state.

Pharmacy Technician State Requirements Are Changing Quickly

Some states require licensure and/or certification, some do not. Those that do not are recognizing the need for standardization of pharmacy technician skills, education, and training.

The boards of pharmacy in several states have organized "task forces" specifically devoted to pharmacy technicians. These groups of practicing pharmacy technicians and pharmacists explore issues regarding the possible regulation of pharmacy technicians. The taskforce then reports back to the board of pharmacy with their recommendations. This is causing fast change in the regulation of pharmacy technicians in the states that do not currently regulate this field.

That makes it vital for you to stay up-to-date on your state's most recent requirements. Use the links on your page to access your state's Board of Pharmacy and any other agency that may oversee the practice of pharmacy technicians.

A key component of these state taskforces is a discussion of pharmacy technician education/training. This is the foundation of standardization of skills, knowledge, and competencies.

The pharmacy field has changed greatly in recent years, and will continue to change rapidly. Pharmacists find themselves needing to delegate more and more tasks to pharmacy technicians. This means that there will be more and more responsibility placed on pharmacy technicians, requiring deeper and deeper levels of education and training.

And don't forget the importance of preparing for the certification exam. Our pharmacy tech practice exam prepares you well.

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