Tennessee Pharmacy Tech Schools & Certification

Last Updated/Verified: May 18, 2024

Working as a pharmacy technician is a fantastic career choice. If breaking into the healthcare industry is of interest, then you should be aware of the various regulations and requirements to practice in the state of Tennessee. Some requirements are Federal laws, while some are state and industry requirements. This guide explains the steps you need to take to achieve that goal and begin working as a pharmacy technician in Tennessee.

Tennessee Pharmacy Technician Certification Requirements

The Tennessee Department of Health's Board of Pharmacy requires that pharmacy technician applicants fulfill the following list of criteria:

  • Registration is mandatory; applicants must submit proof of citizenship along with other documents
  • Only those 18 years or over may register as a pharmacy technician in Tennessee
  • The State of Tennessee has no educational requirements to become a pharmacy technician or national certification. This requirement was abolished in 2015.
  • Individual employers may ask for a High School Diploma, GED, or national certification
  • You must submit all documentation for a formal criminal record check to work in Tennessee
  • Part of the criminal records check is mandatory fingerprinting. You must set up an appointment to do this formally. Out of state applicants can request a fingerprint card which they can return by mail
  • Applicants must self-declare any convictions with supporting court documentation
  • Tennessee charges $85 for registration. The annual renewal cost is also $85

Special note 1: Applicants from other states are welcome to apply. There are no formal reciprocity arrangements – your application will be considered on an individual basis and subject to the same criteria as above.

Special note 2: The Tennessee Department of Health will only process your application when all details are received and after fingerprinting has been carried out.

Special note 3: Interns are exempt from the above requirements. The employing pharmacy must conduct relevant checks before making an offer of employment.

Tennessee Pharmacy Technician Careers & Employment Outlook

The most recent (2019) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report recorded 10,270 pharmacy technicians in Tennessee. Average pay rates were calculated at a median of $15.24 per hour, and $34,510 annually.

Over half of all pharmacy technicians nationwide are currently employed in pharmacies and drug stores. 17%, around 1 in 6, are currently employed in clinical facilities such as hospital pharmacy departments, and at specialty clinics. A further 9% work in retail outlets with pharmacy concessions inside third party facilities. This includes grocery stores, supermarkets, and health food outlets.

Pharmacy technicians can expect to work a variety of hours including nights, weekends, and evening work. Pharmacy needs mean emergency prescriptions. Concessionary outlets and facilities inside third party businesses will operate in line with that business' operating hours and days.

The BLS expects pharmacy technician openings to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029. This is the current average of all jobs in the country, meaning stable and steady employment.

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Athens, TN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - AthensAthens, TN(423) 744-2814

Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga State Community CollegeChattanooga, TN(423) 697-4400
University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN(423) 425-4111

Clarksville, TN

Daymar College ClarksvilleClarksville, TN (Online)(931) 552-7600
Tennessee College of Applied Technology- DickensonClarksville, TN(931) 572-1695

Clifton, TN

Columbia State Community CollegeClifton, TN(931) 676-6966

Harriman, TN

Roane State Community CollegeHarriman, TN(865) 354-3000

Jacksboro, TN

Tennessee College of Applied TechnologyJacksboro, TN(423) 566-9629

Johnson City, TN

East Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TN(423) 439-1000

Knoxville, TN

University of Tennessee- KnoxvilleKnoxville, TN(865) 974-0150

Livingston, TN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - LivingstonLivingston, TN(931) 823-5525

Martin, TN

University of Tennessee at MartinMartin, TN (Online)(731) 881-7000

Memphis, TN

Concorde Career CollegeMemphis, TN(901) 761-9494
Southwest Tennessee Community CollegeMemphis, TN(901) 333-5000

Morristown, TN

Walters State Community CollegeMorristown, TN(423) 585-2600

Murfreesboro, TN

Daymar College MurfreesboroMurfreesboro, TN (Online)(615) 217-9347
Tennessee College of Applied Technology - MurfreesboroMurfreesboro, TN(615) 898-8010

Nashville, TN

Daymar College NashvilleNashville, TN (Online)(615) 361-7555
Fortis Institute-NashvilleNashville, TN(615) 320-5917
Remington College, NashvilleNashville, TN(615) 229-6057

Oneida, TN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/HuntsvilleOneida, TN(423) 286-2155

Pulaski, TN

Tennessee Technology CenterPulaski, TN(931) 424-4014