South Dakota Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Training Programs

Today’s busy pharmacies need the skills and knowledge of competent pharmacy technicians. Pharmacists couldn’t meet the demands for dispensing prescription drugs and provide adequate counseling to patients without the support of a capable pharmacy technician. Student education and training, along with national certification, prepares technicians for the evolving role, which includes reading, interpreting and preparing prescription orders, managing inventory, maintain patient records, billing insurance agencies, and overseeing administrative tasks. Pharmacy technicians must work under a pharmacist’s supervision, but in the same light, they will do a lot of independent work. The South Dakota Board of Pharmacy requires all new technicians and technicians-in-training to register before preparing and dispensing medication. Pharmacy technicians must be honest, organized, motivated, attentive, and precise especially when dispensing patients’ medication.

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South Dakota Pharmacy Technician Requirements

License Requirement

A pharmacy technician must submit an application of registration to the Board within 30 days of employment in a South Dakota pharmacy. Student technicians, who have not met the requirements for PTCB or ICPT certification, can register as a technicians-in-training. A grandfathered technician specifically applies to an individual with initial registration prior to 2011 without interruption and discipline. The Board encourages pharmacy technicians to take a national certification exam to register as certified pharmacy technicians.

The application for registration is a collaborative effort between the pharmacy technician and the pharmacist-in-charge. Upon securing employment as a pharmacy technician, the new hire must secure the pharmacist-in-charge signature on the application for registration. Student technician must also list the pharmacy where the practical component of the training will take place, and the supervising pharmacist must also sign the application. Students must receive confirmation of registration before commencing practical training at state pharmacies.

Applicants for registration must be at least 18 years at the time of registration. Pharmacy interns are exempt from the requirements for pharmacy technician registration.

After successful registration, pharmacy technicians must operate within the boundaries of state regulations for their role. It includes an awareness of the duties of pharmacy technicians and operating within those boundaries. Ultimately, the supervising pharmacist is responsible for the pharmacy technician’s actions. Technicians must also wear a name tag, identify themselves when answering the phone, and renew their licenses to continue practicing pharmacy. Registration is the Board’s means of tracking and identifying pharmacy technicians and administering disciplinary sanctions when needed, so it’s important to inform the Board when changing your name, address, or place of employment.

Age Requirement

The South Dakota Board of Pharmacy requires applicants for registration to be 18 years or older.

Education Requirement

The Board recommends a high school diploma, although it is not a policy that it enforces. Pharmacy employers, on the other hand, may specifically require prospective employees to possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. A high school education is the minimum education required by the PTCB and ICPT for national certification.

Other Requirements

All candidates for state registration must respond to the questions relating to Felony or Misdemeanor Crimes on the application form. It is important to respond truthfully to the questions – only minor traffic violations with fines under $100 are exempt from reporting. False information could lead to disciplinary sanctions and revoking of a pharmacy technician license. An admission of prior convictions or charges does not negate registration, but the Board will require further information before making a ruling.

The Pharmacy Technician Program


South Dakota’s pharmacy technician training programs adopt a curriculum based on a set of competency standards defined by the ASHP and the Board of Pharmacy. Currently, there are three ASHP-accredited training programs that provide students with more than 600 hours of didactic, hands-on lab, and practical training in retail and hospital pharmacies. Other training providers, including pharmacy-sponsored training, employ specific modules that cover basic pharmacy standards and professionalism in the workplace. Students can expect to learn federal and state laws governing the practice of pharmacy in South Dakota, pharmacology, brand name and generic drugs, pharmaceutical calculations, ethics and standards of professionalism, manufacturing, labelling, storage, and packaging medications and routes of administration. Pharmacy technicians should also be proficient with first aid.

The prerequisite for entry depends on the trainer. The school or sponsoring pharmacy will provide full details of their unique requirements. Requirements may include a high school diploma, good moral character with no criminal convictions, and a sound understanding of English, maths, and science. Many training providers will require participants to take a TB skin test and acquire MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, and influenza vaccinations. At the completion of training, students are prepared to take the PTCB or ICPT exam for national certification.

Duration and Cost

The duration of training depends on the student’s schedule, which could be either part time or full time. The duration also depends on the provider’s curriculum. The diploma program at Southeast Tech, for instance, is a one-year program that costs approximately $13,000 plus extra for uniform, books, and transport to and from the clinical sites.

Employer-provided training offers several benefits: It’s free, comprehensive and gives students a chance to earn while they learn. The length of in-house training varies from 6 months to one year, as pharmacists prepare technicians-in-training for the national exam and registration as certified pharmacy technicians.

National Exams

There are two ways to obtain national certification as a pharmacy technician – through the PTCB and the ICPT. South Dakota’s Board of Pharmacy accepts both exams to register state technicians as Certified Pharmacy Technicians. Both the PTCB and the ICPT require individuals to pass an exam prior to certification. Both exams are computer-based, which allows test takers to go to a specified site to take the in a closely monitored environment. The exams are two hours and comprise of multiple choice questions; the PTCE has 90 questions, and the ExCPT has 110 questions. Both agencies use scaled scores to determine a candidate’s outcome – the results are available on the computer as soon as test takers complete the exam. The PTCB and the ICPT will mail the certificate and scaled scores to successful candidates within a few weeks of completing the test.

To be eligible to take either exam, candidates must:

  • Be 18 years and older
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Not have any license or registration revoked or disciplinary actions taken by any regulatory agencies.

Individuals with felony convictions may write an appeal for consideration.

To apply for the PTCB or ICPT exam, you must submit your application request online. Registration for PTCB certification is $129, and ICPT certification costs $105. Once the agencies approve the request, the candidates can schedule a convenient date for the exam at a Pearson Vue Center (PTCE) or LaserGrade Center (ExCPT).

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The PTCE tests candidates’ knowledge of the technician’s role in relation to the pharmacist, maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and management and administration. The ExCPT exam covers the dispensing program, regulations and technician duties, and drugs and drug therapy.

The registration for both agencies is valid for two years; certified pharmacy technicians must complete the continuing education requirements and pay the renewal fee of $40 to maintain certification.

Acquiring Your State License


South Dakota’s Pharmacy Board requires technicians to register by submitting an application and the respective fee within 30 days of accepting employment in a South Dakota pharmacy. Any individual who fails to comply with the registration requirements within the 30-day period will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. Similar to new hire, students enrolled in a formal training program must also register prior to beginning the practical training at local community and hospital pharmacies.

Pharmacy Technician Application:

Individuals may register as pharmacy technicians-in-training, certified pharmacy technicians, or grand-fathered technicians. Following are the steps for submitting a new application to the Board.

  • Download the application for registration from the Board of Pharmacy website.
  • Remit the registration fee of $25 using a check or money order; payable to the South Dakota Board of Pharmacy.
  • Fill out the entire application; incomplete applications will be returned.
  • The pharmacist-in-charge at your place of employment/training must sign the application.
  • Enclose a copy of your PTCB or ICPT certification if applying for registration as a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
  • Individuals applying as technicians-in-training should provide details of the training institution and the name(s) of the pharmacy where the training will take place.
  • Include an explanation of events and court documents if responding “yes” to questions on felony and misdemeanor crimes.


Pharmacy technician registrations expire on October 31 annually. The Board mails out renewal applications approximately one month before the registration deadline. The application is available online, or you can request it over the phone if you do not receive the renewal notice at your place of employment.

  • Download and print the renewal application.
  • Complete all the questions and check the renewal option (technician-in-training, certified technician, or grandfathered technician).
  • Provide employment details; use a separate paper if you work at multiple pharmacies.
  • Sign and date the application and obtain a signature from the pharmacist-in-charge.

Technicians must notify the Board within 10 days of changing their names, address, or place of employment.


The South Dakota Board of Pharmacy does not make provisions for reciprocity of pharmacy technician registration. Individuals registered in another state must meet the requirements for registration in South Dakota before submitting a new application for registration.

Contact the Department:
South Dakota Board of Pharmacy
600 E Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD, 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3361
(In State) 1-800-738-2301

Pharmacy Technician Training Programs South Dakota

Ellsworth, SD Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
28Th Medical Support Squad Phcy
2900 Doolittle Dr
Ellsworth Afb, SD 57706

Fort Meade, SD Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Black Hills VA Health Care Phcy
113 Comanche Rd
Fort Meade, SD 57741

Hot Springs, SD Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Shopko Pharmacy #753
2701 Highway 18 W
Hot Springs, SD 57747

VA Medical Center Pharmacy
500 N 5th St
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Lynn’s Dakotamart #268
501 S 6th St
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Fall River Health Services Phcy
1201 Highway 71 S
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Rapid City, SD Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Western Dakota Technical Institute
800 Mickelson Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703
(605) 718-2906

Medicine Shoppe #461
1304 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD 57701

Medicap Pharmacy #272
339 Saint Patrick St
Rapid City, SD 57701

Walgreens Pharmacy #10656
1902 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD 57701

Boyd’s Drug Mart West
655 Mountain View Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702

Safeway Pharmacy #1554
730 Mountain View Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702

Safeway Pharmacy #581
2120 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD 57701

Boyd’s Drug Rx Express Pharmacy
2650 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD 57701

Medicap Pharmacy #145
2210 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City, SD 57702

Shopko Pharmacy #2078
1845 Haines Ave
Rapid City, SD 57701

Walgreens Pharmacy #9512
1125 N Lacrosse St
Rapid City, SD 57701

Walmart Pharmacy #1604
1200 N Lacrosse St
Rapid City, SD 57701

Boyd’s Drug Mart
909 E Saint Patrick St
Rapid City, SD 57701

K Mart Pharmacy #4170
1111 E North St
Rapid City, SD 57701

Rapid City IHS Indian Hosp Phcy
3200 Canyon Lake Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702

Family Thrift Center Phcy #253
1516 E Saint Patrick St
Rapid City, SD 57703

FTC Express Pharmacy #257
3464 Sturgis Rd
Rapid City, SD 57702

Pharmerica Pharmacy #4251
3615 5th St Ste 109
Rapid City, SD 57701

Walmart Pharmacy #3872
100 Stumer Rd
Rapid City, SD 57701

Black Hills Surgery Ctr Phcy
216 Anamaria Dr
Rapid City, SD 57701

Target Pharmacy #2457
1415 Eglin St
Rapid City, SD 57701

Sioux Falls, SD Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
National American University
5801 S Corporate Pl
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 336-4686

Southeast Technical Institute
2320 N Career Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
(605) 367-5743

Spearfish, SD Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Walmart Pharmacy #1543
2825 1st Ave
Spearfish, SD 57783

K Mart Pharmacy #3893
2323 E Colorado Blvd
Spearfish, SD 57783

Medicap Pharmacy #B8066
1330 North Ave
Spearfish, SD 57783

Walgreens Pharmacy #12906
1430 North Ave
Spearfish, SD 57783

Safeway Pharmacy #583
1606 North Ave Ste 2
Spearfish, SD 57783

Sturgis, SD Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:
Sturgis Regional Hospital Phcy
949 Harmon St
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County Drug
1111 Lazelle St Ste 2
Sturgis, SD 57785

Shopko Pharmacy #759
2105 Lazelle St Ste 2
Sturgis, SD 57785