The pharmacy technician externship provides students hands-on training in community and institutional pharmacy practice. The goal of the required externship is to produce competent pharmacy technicians by developing the essential skill sets through hands-on experience. Students will practice under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. This externship consists of 160 hours of clinical experience in a community pharmacy to be completed in 8 to 12 weeks.


  • Demonstrate pharmacy technician competencies within a pharmacy practice setting as defined on the student evaluation form.

An externship coordinator will work with CVS or Walgreens to place you at a local store location. Start date is subject to Pharmacy Manger. Acceptance into the required externship component of this program requires: passing a background check and a 10-panel drug screen, BLS CPR Certification in some states and having a minimum cumulative grade average of 70%. All costs associated with the externship are the responsibility of the student.

Illicit drug use, criminal background checks, and immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician. Externship sites, employers, and State Boards of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use and criminal backgrounds.