Program Description

The Duke University Pharmacy Technology Training Program is conducted in collaboration with the departments of pharmacy from member institutions of Duke University Health System. The Departments of Pharmacy operate at multiple hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, retail, and specialty pharmacies. Duke University Health System is a multi-site academic health system with advanced clinical and operational services. Students in the Duke University Pharmacy Technology Training Program will experience multiple pharmacy sites, while receiving didactic training from both distance learning and Duke University Health System clinical and administrative specialists.

Professional Requirements/Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Requirements

It is the intent of this program to produce graduates well equipped and eligible for certification with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). To meet these requirements candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent or is currently enrolled in a program that awards a high school diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Achieve a passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or disciplinary actions
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB certification policies

Admission Criteria

The DUHS Pharmacy Technology Training Program requires the following qualifications to enroll in the program:

  1. Completion of program application
  2. Copy of high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  3. Successful completion of DUHS affiliate criminal background check and drug screen
  4. Completion of confidentiality agreement
  5. Compliance with DUHS immunization requirements
  6. Passing scores for pre-enrollment Math and English competency assessment 


The Duke University Health System Pharmacy Technology Training Program supports student education by delivering instruction from accredited didactic content, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians who specialize in each subject within clinical and operational areas. This structure allows students to receive the most advanced, applicable information possible. (Instructors are subject to change).

Didactic Material

The program is designed to offer flexibility to students in their review and assessment of didactic lecture review and competency assessment. Delivery of information in a distance learning format allows students to complete learning blocks at the time of their choosing, while adhering to the program’s timeline. Virtual delivery will be supplemented and augmented by department of pharmacy content experts.


Simulated Rotations imitate the real world processes and systems described during the didactic portion of the program. Simulation allows students to develop skills and practice processes described in lectures, so when they are asked to perform these tasks during their externship experience they will understand their role in the system and how to handle the task at hand.

Experiential Rotations

Experiential rotations are real world opportunities for students to work alongside health care professionals and interact with patients to apply their classroom and simulation training. For each rotation the student will report to a site coordinator and review the instructions and expectations for the rotation. Experiential hours will be recorded using the programs digital platform.


Tuition is $3300, but will be reimbursed for students participating in the DUHS Pharmacy Technology Training Program who comply with the following:

  1. Maintain a grade of “C” or better in didactic programing and “ME” or better in experiential clerkships.
  2. Meet all attendance and learning block completion requirements of the program.
  3. Work in DUHS Pharmacy or eligible cost center for a minimum of 1-year following the conclusion of the program.