SCC Pharmacy Technology Program Receives PTCB Recognition

Starting in 2020, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the nation’s leading certifying organization for pharmacy technicians, will change its eligibility requirements for the Certified Pharmacy Technician Program and update its Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. 

PTCB will offer two eligible pathways for technicians submitting certification applications beginning January 1, 2020. One will be completion of a PTCB-recognized education/training program, and the other will be equivalent work experience. Stanly Community College (SCC) offers a comprehensive PTCB-recognized Pharmacy Technology program at the Crutchfield Education Center, located in Locust. Currently, the program is accepting applications for the 2020 Spring Semester, however, the application deadline is November 15, 2019.

Employment opportunities for the Pharmacy Technology graduates include retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Graduates of the program may be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a certified pharmacy technician. According to EMSI Data ( the regional occupational forecast for the pharmacy technician’s job growth is expected to increase from 3,361 jobs in 2019 to 3,512 jobs in 2024, with median hourly earnings at $16.04 per hour. 

To apply for the program or to learn more, contact Kim Lewis, Pharmacy Technology Program Head, at (704) 991-0156 or, or Melanie Alexander, Success Coach, at (704) 991-0166 or, or visit the College’s website at


Pharmacy Tech Picture 1

Students learn to prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications
in the Pharmacy Technology program at SCC.


Pharmacy Tech Picture 2

Pharmacy Technology students can practice mixing IV medications using the aseptic technique in the Germfree barrier isolator.