Pharmacy technicians in a clinic

Phased out as of Fall 2019

Certificate of Applied Science (CAS)

The Pharmacy Technician program at City College is a partnership with Missoula College at the University of Montana. This program prepares you for positions working under the supervision of a licensed and registered pharmacist in institutional or retail settings. Typical job duties include dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and instructing on their use, as well as administrative duties such as reviewing prescription requests to ensure correct medications are provided and payment is received. The two-semester program includes classroom, laboratory, and experiential learning opportunities. Laboratory and experiential hours allow students to integrate classroom knowledge in a practical setting. Students are required to rotate through at least two different experiential sites, one of which must be a dispensing pharmacy, during their internship.

Prior to applying for the Pharmacy Technician program, students must be admitted to City College, and have demonstrated proficiency in math, writing, and computers.

Due to limited space, only 10 students, once a year, will be selected. Applications will be accepted until the program reaches capacity.

Pharmacy Technician – Certificate of Applied Science 

This program will cost about $4,269* based on current tuition and fees. 

*Estimate is in-state tuition for a Montana resident. Tuition and fees are subject to change and do not include books, housing, or supplies. 

Detailed Cost Information 

Pharmacy Technician 

Median Wage (MT)* $34,470  yearly
  $16.57  per hour
Median Wage (US)* $31,750  yearly
  $15.26  per hour

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (projections through 2024)  

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The profession of Pharmacy Technician is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions. Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals.

Missoula College at the University of Montana is partnering with City College at MSU Billings to offer the Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Applied Science program.  Students will sign up for all of their coursework through City College.  The labs and clinicals will be completed on the City College campus and through local pharmacies, while the lecture portion will be delivered in an online format and taught by the Missoula pharmacy technician instructor.  Upon successful completion of all the required coursework, students will earn their Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Applied Science through City College at MSU Billings.


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.


The Pharmacy Technician program is a fall entry only program. Before applying to the Pharmacy Technician program, you must demonstrate proficiency in math, writing, and computers. Once proficiency has been demonstrated, you will go through an application process to enter the core pharmacy portion of the program. Due to limited space, only 10 students will be selected per year. 

Students must complete all required fall PHAR classes with a “B” or better to proceed to the spring semester. If a student does not pass the required courses with a “B” or better, he/she will not be able to continue in the program and will need to apply for readmission. A student may take any required course a maximum of two (2) times.

After successfully completing the program, students are awarded a Certificate of Applied Science degree and are prepared to sit for the national technician certification examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). 

Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of  Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Many credits can apply to future degree programs, so you can get the right training at the right time in your career.

Prior Learning leads to Certificate leads to Associate Degree leads to Bachelor's degree leads to Master's degree

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