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Want to know more about a career in Pharmacy Tech?  AAS Degree and Technical Certificate in Pharmacy Technology both include the following courses:

For more information on this program, please call  (501) 760.6416 to speak with the Program Director: Krista Lewis. 

Please follow these instructions to apply for the Pharmacy Technician Program:

  1. Complete online college admissions form if you have not attended NPCC.
  2. Complete Pharmacy Technology Application.
  3. Provide copy of official high school transcript or GED. If you have attended NPCC or another college, attach an unofficial transcript to your application.
  4. Provide a copy of COMPASS, SAT or  ACT test results that has been taken within the last three years. A copy of the test results must be attached to your application. Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program requires the following scores:
    • English score of Compass 75 - 100 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent
    • Reading score of Compass 82 - 100 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent
    • Intermediate Algebra score of Compass 36 - 41 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent
  5. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation (can use form provided on web-site or have persons type or handwrite recommendations) – We do not accept recommendations from family members.
  6. Attach all to Pharmacy Technology Application. On a separate sheet of paper, please answer the following questions, in paragraph format. Include 1-2 paragraphs per response:

All paperwork is to be completed and returned to the Pharmacy Technology Office. You will turn your completed application packet into the Title III secretary; Title III secretary is located in the  Nursing Division Offices reception area on the 2nd floor in the FD Bldg.

Admission Procedures:

Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program is selective. The Pharmacy Technology Technical Certificate and Associate Degree programs begin in the fall of each year. Applicants must apply each year to be considered for enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology Program.

Applicants will be determined eligible for program entry based on the following criteria:

  1. Grade point averages – a minimum of 2.5 GPA on high school or College level work at time of application.
  2. ACT or Compass scores
  3. Applicants with prior health care experience.
  4. Number of general education hours completed.
  5. Letter of references
  6. Following review of the above, an interview will be conducted.


All applications will be conditional accepted.  Conditions  for admissions will include:

  1. Completion of a clear criminal background check and drug screening. Please be advised that students must pay for  this testing and the cost is approximately $69. NPCC policy mirrors the federal, state, and local laws that prohibit a person from obtaining state registration. A clear background check at NPCC does not guarantee that a student will be granted state registration.
  2. NPCC Pharmacy application states that students must meet eligibility requirements of the state to participate in the Program's externship. Please contact the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy or the NPCC Pharmacy Technician Program Director with questions about state registration eligibility.
  3. Submit a copy of Health Data Form which will reflect TB skin testing and immunization records. It is highly recommended that students complete the HepB vaccination series. You may begin this series of injections now as the 3 shot series HepB requires 6-months to complete.

Why Choose Pharmacy Technology as your Career?

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Additional information is avaialbe at the followign Federal and State Department of Labor Websites:

Federal projections   and AR Department of Labor