Pharmacy Technician sorts and counts pills to fill prescription

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians play an important role in today's pharmacy settings.  These professionals are responsible for the control or distribution of pharmaceuticals in hospitals, long term care facilities, home health care agencies, nuclear pharmacies, compounding facilities, insurance companies, mail order pharmacies and retail establishments.

In the Arkansas State University – Beebe Pharmacy Technician Science program, the importance of the pharmacy technician’s role in the medication delivery process, patient-care process and medication safety are stressed.  Coursework is delivered through lecture, simulation, and clinical experiences. 

The pharmaceutical field is a structured, fast-paced environment, and pharmacy technicians are committed to their profession and the people they serve. The Pharmacy Technician Program at ASU-Beebe is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  ASU-Beebe offers three options in this field of study —Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology.

Due to the shift in job responsibilities, pharmacists are now serving functions that are more clinical in the pharmacy environment. This shift places a greater demand on the need for qualified pharmacy technicians to serve the distributive function within pharmacy. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (2020), "employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow around 4%" through 2030. The annual average starting pharmacy technician salary is $35,100  (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020). Pharmacy technicians are in demand for both full and part-time positions, making this career a flexible choice.

In this area of study, hands-on experience and clinical experiences complement classroom learning. These experiences help prepare you for national certification, a distinction that creates valuable opportunities with employers across the country. With basic and intermediate level competencies developed within a well-rounded curriculum, the certification and the credentials give you a definitive edge when entering the highly competitive field of pharmacy. Currently, the ASU-Beebe Pharmacy Technician Program has 100% job placement for graduates and 100% pass rate on the national certification exam.

The ASU-Beebe Pharmacy Technician Program has been recognized for educational excellence by the Community for Accredited Online Schools. The program was ranked first among two-year colleges in the nation. For more information, open the following link to view the Pharmacy Technician Award.

Interested candidates for the Pharmacy Technician Program may discuss admission and program requirements by contacting the program director, Janet Liles,  at 501.882.8871.

Pharmacy Technician Brochure

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Prospective Students


Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Results for 2017-2019, Click HERE
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Please review regulations 3 and 11 on the Arkansas Pharmacy Board Website.

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ASU-Beebe is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

ASU-Beebe's Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by ASHP-ACPE

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Related Careers

Graduates can work in multiple settings including:

  • Chain and Independent Pharmacy
  • Hospital
  • Packaging
  • Mail Order
  • Compounding
  • Home Infusion
  • Long Term Care

For more information on careers please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


 For general college expenses, students can view ASU-Beebe's tuition and fees.

 Program Specific Costs

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Janet Liles
Director and Advanced Instructor, Pharmacy Technician Science

Joseph L. Scott, MS

Director of Allied Health

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