(i) If licensed less than 5 years in another state, submit proof that the applicant passed 1 of the
approved examinations specified in R 338.3651(b).
(ii) If licensed 5 or more years in another state, the applicant is presumed to meet the
requirements of section 17739a(1)(d) of the code, MCL 333.17739a(1)(d).
(2) In addition to meeting the requirements of subrule (1) of this rule, an applicant’s license
shall be verified by the licensing agency of another state of the United States in which the
applicant holds a current license or ever held a license as a pharmacy technician. This includes,
but is not limited to, showing proof of any disciplinary action taken or pending disciplinary
action imposed upon the applicant.
History: 2016 AACS.
R 338.3655 Approved pharmacy technician programs.
Rule 5. (1) Pursuant to sections 16171(a), 17739(2), and 17739a(1) of the code, MCL
333.16171(a), MCL 333.17739(2), and MCL 333.17739a(1), a student in an approved pharmacy
technician program is exempt from, and not eligible for, licensure while in the program. Any of
the following pharmacy technician programs are considered board-approved for this purpose:
(a) A pharmacy technician program that is accredited by the accreditation council for
pharmacy education (acpe).
(b) A pharmacy technician program that is offered by a pharmacist education program that is
accredited by the accreditation council for pharmacy education (acpe).
(c) A comprehensive curriculum-based pharmacy technician education and training program
conducted by a school that is licensed pursuant to the Proprietary Schools Act, 1943 PA 148,
MCL 395.101 to 395.103.
(d) A pharmacy technician training program utilized by a pharmacy or employer that includes
specific training in the functions, specified in MCL 333.17739(1), required to assist the
pharmacist in the technical functions associated with the practice of pharmacy.
(2) The contents of the training programs offered under subdivisions (c) and (d) of subrule (1)
of this rule shall include, at a minimum, all of the following:
(a) The duties and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician and a pharmacist, including the
standards of patient confidentiality and ethics governing pharmacy practice.
(b) The tasks and technical skills, policies, and procedures related to the pharmacy
technician’s position pursuant to the duties specified in section 17739(1) of the code, MCL
333.17739(1), and R 338.3665.
(c) The pharmaceutical-medical terminology, abbreviations, and symbols commonly used in
prescriptions and drug orders.
(d) The general storage, packaging, and labeling requirements of drugs, prescriptions, or drug
(e) The arithmetic calculations required for the usual dosage determinations.
(f) The essential functions related to drug purchasing and inventory control.
(g) The recordkeeping functions associated with prescriptions or drug orders.
(3) To gain approval under subdivisions (c) and (d) of subrule (1) of this rule, an application
shall be submitted to the department on a form provided by the department, along with an
attestation form that verifies compliance with the information required by subrule (2) of this rule.