Frequently Asked Questions (PT)

Why do I need a degree in Pharmacy Technology?

A new NORTH CAROLINA law allows technicians that have an associate’s degree in Pharmacy Technology and are nationally certified to work in HOSPITAL pharmacies as a VALIDATING TECHNICIAN


What is a validating technician?

A validating technician is a technician that is allowed to check SOME of the work other technicians complete. (Specifically, medications that will be stocked in automated dispensing machines.) Traditionally, a pharmacist checks all of the work technicians complete.

So, I’m not required to have a degree to work as a pharmacy tech in North Carolina?

That is correct. However, you MUST have the degree if you want to work as a VALIDATING TECHNICIAN in a hospital setting.

Why do I want to do this?

More and more hospital pharmacies are requiring some type of education or experience when hiring Pharmacy Technicians.

The more education you have the more competitive you are for employment.

By the year 2020, anyone wishing to become nationally certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) must complete an ASHP accredited pharmacy technician education program.

Do Pharmacy Techs make more money in a hospital setting versus a retail setting?

Median Income in hospitals: $32,400
Median Income in drug stores: $27,160

-From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

What are some activities of hospital pharmacies?

  • Preparing IV medications
  • Restocking automated dispensing machines on nursing floors
  • Filling inpatient medication drawers

According to Michelle Goeking, BM, CPhT from, “A hospital pharmacy provides medicine to all the patients in the hospital, including those in the emergency room, operating room, or outpatient sites. The inpatient pharmacy has little direct contact with patients, but does most of its communication with the nurses or physicians on staff by telephone or electronically. Medication orders usually come to the pharmacy through a fax machine, pneumatic tube system, or more recently, electronically.”

What is the job outlook for Pharmacy Technicians?

Very good! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, “Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

Is this a limited enrollment program?

Yes. Students may apply by filling out an application at

On the application you must select “Pharmacy Technology” and “Spring 2020.” Students may apply between May 1st and November 1st

How do I know what classes to take?

Once admitted to the Pharmacy Technology program, students must take all the courses in sequence. A “C” or better must be earned in all courses to stay in the program.

What are the admissions requirements?

For a complete list of admissions requirements please visit

  • High School Biology with a “C” or higher
  • Be eligible to take ENG-111 and MAT-143 without a co-requisite
  • Overall GPA of 2.0

Whom can I contact for more information?

Kimberly Lewis 704-991-0156 ---