What you need to know about becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Hawaii. Including Hawaii licensing and training requirements, schools & colleges offering pharmacy technician programs and employment and salary trends for pharmacy techs in Hawaii (HI).


In preparing our inaugural list of the top public pharmacy schools in the US, we considered dozens of schools in the US that offered pharmacy programs.  Our goal with this list is to give students access to information so they can make informed decisions about the schools they choose to attend and the programs they pursue. Our motivation for publishing these rankings is simple. We frequently receive emails from young people -many of whom are already working as pharmacy technicians- asking for advice as to which pharmacy schools they should consider. Our hope is that this list is a starting point for aspiring pharmacists to discover the schools that are the best fit for them. 

The criteria we used in making this list consists, in no particular order, of the following: academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, size and scope of the pharm school class, and value as it relates to tuition. All data used on our rankings was obtained from publicly available sources.

Like any list, ours is not perfect and is open for debate. There is no single opinion that trumps all when it comes to which school is the “best”. Ultimately every student has different needs regarding the type and academic rigor of a program, campus culture, as well as cost, lifestyle, and career focus. Hence the notion that we consider these lists a starting point for aspiring pharmacists in the search for the appropriate program that meets their needs. 

Pharmacy technician employment and salary trends, and career opportunities in Hawaii


Hawaii is home to more than 1,000 salaried pharmacy technicians. This means, less than one percent of the nation’s 334,400 salaried technicians live in The Aloha State. While Hawaii has one of the lowest populations pharmacy technicians, the talent pool is still sizable considering the overall resident population of just over 1.5 million. In addition to a comfortable population of pharmacy technicians, aspiring techs choose Hawaii for:

Hawaii pharmacy technician training programs

The Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy does not require a license, education, or certification for pharmacy technicians. While the Board does not have any formal requirements for pharmacy technicians, many employers do. Most employers prefer candidates with a diploma or a degree in the field, as well as experience, and/or certification through PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) or ExCPT (Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians).

Requirements to become a pharmacy technician in Hawaii

As of June First, 2012, the state of Hawaii is home to about 174 hospital and retail pharmacies employing approximately 1,170 pharmacy technicians.  A pharmacy technician is a skilled assistant who helps a licensed pharmacist perform certain job-related functions.  In addition to record keeping, inventory and customer service, the tasks of pharmacy technicians often involve mixing, packaging, labeling and processing prescription medications.  Pharmacists across the board prefer licensed technicians to unproven assistants whose legally permissible activities may be limited to inventory and c

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