Pharmacy Technician

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician Program provides both academic and clinical education in pharmacy practices. The objective of the program is to provide the healthcare community with quality technicians who are prepared for the retail or the hospital clinical pharmacy field. Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.

Students will be prepared to take the national certification examination provided by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board as required by the Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy.

The duration of the program is 12 months.

Official Program Description in the College Catalog

Estimated Costs of the Program

Pharmacy Technician students pay the same tuition and fees each term as other credit students enrolled in the college. For more information, visit the Financial Information page in the college catalog.

In addition to tuition and fees, there are additional expenses to complete the program. For a detailed explanation of these costs, download the list of expenses.


ASHP logoDelgado’s Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by ASHP/ACPE (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education), 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900, Bethesda, MD  20814; 1-866-279-0681.

Jobs Outlook

Job Environment

Pharmacy technicians work primarily in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores. Some technicians work in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. Pharmacy technicians spend most of the workday on their feet.

Work Schedules

Most pharmacy technicians work full time. Pharmacies may be open at all hours. Therefore, pharmacy technicians may have to work nights or weekends.

Estimated Earnings (2014 Data)

 Location  Pay Period  Low  Median High
United States    Hourly  $10.58  $15.26 $22.58
 Yearly  $22,000  $31,750 $46,980
 Louisiana  Hourly  $10.40  $14.35 $19.58
Yearly $21,620 $29,860 $40,730
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Hourly $10.15 $13.87 $19.20
Yearly $21,120 $28,850 $39,940

Pioneer Rx Pharmacy Software

The Delgado Pharmacy Technician Program partners with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software. PioneerRx enhances our curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that simulates the functions and workflow of in a pharmacy. For more information about the software, visit

Students will simulate prescription processing, which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Entering new prescriptions
  • Verifying patient information; including mediation history, allergies, disease states, and drug interactions
  • Entering new patients and providers to a database
  • Entering insurance information
  • Create labels for filling
  • Simulation of adjudication of insurance