North Carolina Pharmacy Tech Schools & Certification

Last Updated/Verified: Nov 24, 2020

Pharmacy technician careers are an excellent entry-level pathway to working in the healthcare industry. If you are seeking authorization to work as a pharmacy technician in North Carolina, there are steps you need to follow. Most of these regulations are Federally mandated. However, like other states, North Carolina is permitted to set additional requirements for applicants. This guide explains the steps you need to take to work as a pharmacy technician in NC.

North Carolina Pharmacy Technician Certification Requirements

North Carolina requires that pharmacy technician certification applicants fulfill the following, as per the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy:

  • Applicants must be 18 years or over to practice in the state of North Carolina
  • Applicants for certification must have a High School Diploma or equivalent such as a GED
  • However, those who are currently studying for one of these qualifications are still able to apply, but the licensed pharmacist at their place of work should apply on their behalf. A letter from the school is required
  • Criminal background checks are not required for certification in North Carolina; however, if the applicant has a criminal past that may impact their work, they are required to declare it and provide supporting documentation
  • If the applicant wishes to apply for the PTCB exam in North Carolina, they are required to provide details for a criminal background check for this application only
  • A $30 application fee applies for all applicants (all certifications run Jan 1 to Dec 31)
  • Renewal must be submitted between Nov 1 and Dec 31; the fee is $30
  • Many of the steps above are not required if the applicant has a current PTCB certification. Proof of this certification will be accepted

Special note 1: All relevant details must be submitted before the state authorities will carry out the criminal background check.

Special note 2: Transfers from other states are not permissible in North Carolina. Applicants must apply in the normal fashion.

North Carolina Pharmacy Technician Careers & Employment Outlook

According to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of 2019, there were approximately 13,500 pharmacy technicians in North Carolina. Average pay currently stands at around $15.43 median rate per hour, or $32,600 annually.

Pharmacy technicians will find most employment in dedicated pharmacies and drug stores. This area provides employment for 51% of certified techs. 17% find employment in medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. 9% will work in food stores and supermarkets at concessionary outlets.

Some pharmacies in North Carolina operate around the clock. This means some unsociable hours may be required of you such as evenings, nights, weekends, and some holidays. Concessions in food and health stores will operate during that retail outlet's operating hours.

The BLS projects job growth for pharmacy technicians will grow 4% between 2019 and 2029. This is the accumulated average of all jobs, meaning pharmacy technician employment will remain stable for the time being.

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340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 398-7900
5337 US HWY 264
East Washington, NC 27889
(252) 946-6194
6070 East Independence Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 567-3700
50 College Rd
Bolivia, NC 28422
(910) 755-7300
2855 Hickory Blvd
Hudson, NC 28638
(828) 726-2200
372 Community College Drive
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 297-3811
2550 US Hwy 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 327-7000
1201 Elizabeth Ave
Charlotte, NC 28235
(704) 330-2722
444 Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC 28546
(910) 455-1221
800 College Ct
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 638-7200
297 DCC Road
Thomasville, NC 27360
(336) 249-8186
1637 E Lawson St
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 536-7200
2201 Hull Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28303
(910) 678-8400
2100 Silas Creek Pkwy
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
(336) 723-0371
601 E Main St
Jamestown, NC 27282
(336) 334-4822
286 I C C Loop Rd
Spindale, NC 28160
(828) 286-3636
245 College Rd
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-3051
1601 E Market St
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 334-7500
5160 Fayetteville Rd
Lumberton, NC 28360
(910) 272-3700
1333 Jake Alexander Blvd S
Salisbury, NC 28146
(704) 216-7222
1801 Sunset Ave
Clinton, NC 28328
(910) 592-8081
680 US-74
Polkton, NC 28135
(704) 272-5300
5250 77 Center Dr Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 527-4979
1101 Gorman St
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 515-2277
200 Community College Rd
Henderson, NC 27536
(252) 492-2061
3740 S. Holden Road
Greensboro, NC 27406
(336) 398-5400
2901 Holston Lane
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 747-0402
3000 Wayne Memorial Dr.
Goldsboro, NC 27534
(919) 735-5151
902 Herring Ave E
Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 291-1195