Pharmacy Technician Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for a Pharmaceutical Technician to be issued a certificate of registration?

A person applying for registration as a Pharmaceutical Technician must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor that involves moral turpitude, dishonesty or the unlawful possession, sale or use of drugs;
  • Have no history of drug abuse; and
  • Have complied with one of the following requirements:
    • Is licensed or registered as a pharmaceutical technician in a state that licenses or registers pharmaceutical technicians, if the requirements for registration in that state are equivalent to the requirements of this State, and the successful completion of at least 240 hours of employment as a pharmaceutical technician in a pharmacy in that state, which must be verified by the managing pharmacist of the pharmacy.
    • Completed 1,500 hours in Nevada as a registered pharmaceutical technician-in-training;
    • Graduated from a school accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and have completed 350 hours in Nevada as a registered pharmaceutical technician-in-training; or
    • Graduated from a school in another state that is not accredited by ASHP and have passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) national examination.
      o The successful completion of a program of training for pharmaceutical technicians conducted by a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Indian Health Service of the United States Department of Health and Human Services or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Authority: NAC 639.240(2)

What are the duties of a Pharmaceutical Technician?

Under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, a Pharmaceutical Technician may:

  • Repackage and label unit dose and unit of use, and repackage drugs;
  • Prepare, package, compound and label prescription drugs that pertain to prescriptions;
  • Mix drugs with parenteral fluids;
  • Prepare bulk compounds;
  • Distribute routine orders and stock medications and supplies in the pharmacy or areas where care is provided to patients;
  • Maintain inventories of supplies of drugs;
  • Maintain pharmaceutical records;
  • Request authorization to refill a prescription from the prescribing practitioner; and
  • Transfer a prescription though a computer network if:
    • The pharmaceutical technician is employed by a pharmacy that:
      • Has more than one location; and
      • Maintains a computer network which provides information between its pharmacies; and
    • Prescription is transferred to one of the pharmacies within its computer network.

Authority: NAC 639.245(2)

What duties or tasks may not be performed by a Pharmaceutical Technician?

A Pharmaceutical Technician may not:

  • Perform an action that requires a judgmental decision regarding;
    • A drug;
    • The interpretation of a prescription; OR
    • The instructions for the preparation of a prescription;
  • Take a new prescription or chart orders over the telephone; and
  • Distribute medications that;
    • Pertain to a chart order; OR
    • Dispense a prescription unless the order or prescription has been verified by a pharmacist

Authority: NAC 639.245(3) 

How many Pharmaceutical Technicians are allowed for each pharmacist on duty?

The ratio of pharmaceutical technicians to pharmacists cannot exceed three to one. Pharmaceutical technicians-in-training count against this ratio, but interns do not. 

Authority: NAC 639.1371

Does a Pharmaceutical Technician need CE?

No. Instead, pharmaceutical technicians are required to have 12 hours of in-service training every two-year period between renewals, however as part of their hours earned they are required to obtain 1 hour of an approved Nevada Law credit. The pharmacy employing a technician must make and maintain records of the hours of in-service training provided by the pharmacy and verified by the managing pharmacist. A pharmacy may authorize as part of its in-service training that a pharmaceutical technician’s attendance at a CE will count as hours of in-service training. The records must be kept on the pharmacy’s premises and will be reviewed by the Board’s inspector during the annual inspection of the pharmacy.

Authority: NAC 639.254