DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR’S OFFICE  
PHARMACY TECHNICIANS  
(By authority conferred on the director of the department of licensing and regulatory  
affairs by sections 16148, 17707, 17731, 17739, 17739a, 17739b, and 17739c, of 1978 PA 368,  
as amended, MCL 333.16145(3), 333.16148, 333.17703, 333.17707, 333.17731, 333.17739,  
333.17339a, 333.17739b, and 17739c and Executive Reorganization Order Nos. 1996-1, 1996-2,  
2003-1, and 2011-4, MCL 330.3101, 445.2001, 445.2011, and 445.2030)  
R 338.3651 Pharmacy technician licensure; eligibility; examination.  
Rule 1. An applicant for licensure as a pharmacy technician shall submit a completed  
application on a form provided by the department, together with the appropriate fee. In addition  
to meeting the requirements of the code and the administrative rules promulgated under the code,  
an applicant shall comply with all of the following requirements:  
(a) Have met the requirements specified in section 17739a(1)(b) and (c) of the code, MCL  
333.17739a(1)(b) and (c).  
(b) Unless exempt under section 17739a(4) of the code, MCL 333.17739a(4), have passed and  
provided proof to the department of passing any of the following examinations:  
(i)  
Examinations specified in section 17739a(1)(d)(i) and (ii) of the code, MCL  
333.17739a(1)(d)(i) and (ii).  
(ii) A nationally recognized pharmacy technician certification examination that covers the  
topics specified in section 17739a(1)(d)(iv) of the code, MCL 333.17739a(1)(d)(iv), and has  
been approved by the board.  
(iii) An employer-based training program examination with a minimum of 100 questions that  
covers the topics specified in section 17739a(1)(d)(iv) of the code, MCL 333.17739a(1)(d)(iv),  
and has been approved by the board pursuant to both of the following:  
(A) The employer submits to the department at least 60 days prior to administering the  
examination a completed application for approval of the examination, the examination, and the  
answers to the examination.  
(B) Approval of the examination shall be valid until the examination is changed.  
History: 2016 AACS.  
R 338.3653 Licensure by endorsement.  
Rule 3. (1) An applicant for licensure by endorsement shall submit a completed application on  
a form provided by the department, together with the requisite fee. In addition to meeting the  
requirements of the code and administrative rules promulgated under the code, an applicant shall  
satisfy both of the following requirements:  
(a) Have met the requirements specified in section 17739a(1)(b) and (c) of the code, MCL  
333.17739a(1)(b) and (c).  
(b) Meet 1 of the following requirements:  
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(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  
orders.  
(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.  
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(4) A record of a student’s pharmacy technician training and education shall be maintained by  
the pharmacy technician training program, employer, or pharmacy specified in subrule (1) of this  
rule for a period of 2 years and shall include both of the following:  
(a) The full name and date of birth of the pharmacy technician student.  
(b) The starting date of the pharmacy technician education program and date the student  
successfully completed the program.  
History: 2016 AACS.  
R 338.3657 Requirements for relicensure; pharmacy technician.  
Rule 7. (1) An applicant whose Michigan pharmacy technician license has lapsed under the  
provisions of section 16201(3) or (4) of the code, MCL 333.16201(3) or (4), and is not currently  
licensed in another state may be relicensed by submitting a completed application on a form  
provided by the department, together with the appropriate fee, and complying with the following  
requirements:  
Length of period of lapsed license  
Lapsed  
Lapsed  
more  
0-3 Years  
than 3 years  
Application and fee: Submit a completed application  
on a form provided by the department, together with   
the requisite fee  
Continuing education: Submit proof of having  
completed 20 hours of continuing education specified  
in R 338.3661(1)(a)(i) which was completed within √  
the 2-year period immediately preceding the  
application for relicensure.  
Examination:  
Within 2 years of the period  
immediately preceding the application for relicensure,  
pass 1 of the examinations specified in R  
338.3651(b)(i to iii).  
(2) An applicant whose Michigan pharmacy technician license has lapsed and who holds a  
current and valid license in another state shall comply with all of the following:  
(a) Submit a completed application on a form provided by the department, together with the  
requisite fee.  
(b) Submit proof of having completed 20 hours of continuing education or passing an exam  
specified in R 338.3661(1)(d)(ii) which was completed within the 2-year period immediately  
preceding the application for relicensure.  
(c) An applicant’s license shall be verified by the licensing agency of all other states or  
territories of the United States in which the applicant holds a current license or ever held a  
license as a pharmacy technician. If applicable, verification shall include the record of any  
disciplinary action taken or pending against the applicant.  
History: 2016 AACS.  
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R 338.3659.  
requirements.  
Training standards for identifying victims of human trafficking;  
Rule 9. (1) Pursuant to section 16148 of the code, MCL 333.16148, an individual licensed or  
seeking licensure shall complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking that meets  
the following standards:  
(a) Training content covering all of the following:  
(i) Understanding the types and venues of human trafficking in the United States.  
(ii) Identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings.  
(iii) Identifying the warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and  
minors.  
(iv) Resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking.  
(b) Acceptable providers or methods of training include any of the following:  
(i) Training offered by a nationally-recognized or state-recognized health-related organization.  
(ii) Training offered by, or in conjunction with, a state or federal agency.  
(iii) Training obtained in an educational program that has been approved by the board for  
initial licensure, or by a college or university.  
(iv) Reading an article related to the identification of victims of human trafficking that meets  
the requirements of subdivision (a) of this subrule and is published in a peer review journal,  
health care journal, or professional or scientific journal.  
(c) Acceptable modalities of training may include any of the following:  
(i) Teleconference or webinar.  
(ii) Online presentation.  
(iii) Live presentation.  
(iv) Printed or electronic media.  
(2) The department may select and audit a sample of individuals and request documentation of  
proof of completion of training. If audited by the department, an individual shall provide an  
acceptable proof of completion of training, including either of the following:  
(a) Proof of completion certificate issued by the training provider that includes the date,  
provider name, name of training, and individual’s name.  
(b) A self-certification statement by an individual. The certification statement shall include  
the individual’s name and either of the following:  
(i) For training completed pursuant to subrule (1)(b)(i) to (iii) of this rule, the date, training  
provider name, and name of training.  
(ii) For training completed pursuant to subrule (1)(b)(iv) of this rule, the title of article, author,  
publication name of peer review journal, health care journal, or professional or scientific journal,  
and date, volume, and issue of publication, as applicable.  
(3) Pursuant to section 16148 of the code, MCL 333.16148, the requirements specified in  
subrule (1) of this rule shall apply for license renewals beginning with the first renewal cycle  
after the promulgation of this rule and for initial licenses issued 5 or more years after the  
promulgation of this rule.  
History: 2016 AACS.  
R 338.3661 Continuing education or exam; renewal requirements.  
Rule 11. (1) A licensee seeking renewal of a pharmacy technician’s license shall comply with  
all of the following  
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(a) Complete and submit an application for renewal.  
(b) Pay the required renewal fee.  
(c) Comply with R 338.3659.  
(d) Comply with 1 of the following:  
(i) Except as otherwise provided, complete at least 20 hours of continuing education courses  
or programs as follows:  
(A) No more than 12 hours of continuing education credit may be earned during a 24-hour  
period.  
(B) Credit for a continuing education program or activity that is identical to a program or  
activity that the licensee has already earned credit for during the renewal period shall not be  
granted.  
(C) If audited, the licensee shall submit a copy of a letter or certificate of completion showing  
the licensee’s name, number of continuing education hours earned, sponsor name or the name of  
the organization that approved the program or activity for continuing education credit, and the  
date on which the program was held or activity completed.  
(D) At least 5 of the continuing education credits shall be earned by attending live courses,  
programs or activities that provide for direct interaction with instructors, peers, and participants,  
including but not limited to lectures, meetings, symposia, real-time teleconferences or webinars,  
and workshops.  
(E) Continuing education credit shall be earned as follows:  
Subjects  
Number  
of  
continuing  
education hours required or  
permitted for each activity  
A
B
C
D
Pain and symptom management relating to the practice of Minimum: 1 hour  
pharmacy  
Patient safety  
Minimum: 1 hour  
Minimum: 1 hour  
Pharmacy law  
Pharmacy-related subject matter including the following Minimum: 17 hours in any  
topics:  
combination of  
D
listed  
Medication or drug distribution.  
Inventory control systems.  
Mathematics and calculations.  
Biology.  
Pharmaceutical sciences.  
Therapeutic issues.  
subjects. Instruction in each D  
listed subject is not required.  
Example 1: Biology, 5 hours;  
Drug repackaging, 4 hours;  
Pharmacy operations, 8 hours;  
total: 17hours. Example 2:  
Prescription compounding, 17  
hours; total: 17 hours.  
Pharmacy operations.  
Pharmacology, drug therapy or drug products.  
Preparation of sterile products.  
Prescription compounding.  
Drug repackaging.  
(Minimum: 7 hours in any  
combination for an applicant  
under subrule (4) of this rule.)  
Patient interaction or interpersonal skills and  
communication.  
(ii) Complete a proficiency examination as specified in R 338.3651(b)(i) to (iii).  
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(2) Submission of an application for renewal shall constitute the applicant’s certification of  
compliance with this rule. The licensee shall retain documentation of meeting the requirements  
of this rule for a period of 3 years from the date of applying for license renewal. Failure to  
comply with this rule is a violation of section 16221(h) of the code, MCL 333.16221(h).  
(3) An applicant who was originally licensed in Michigan less than one year before the  
renewal date is not required to comply with this rule.  
(4) An applicant for renewal who was originally licensed in Michigan more than one year but  
less than two years before the renewal date shall have accumulated ten hours of continuing  
education credits pursuant to these rules.  
History: 2016 AACS.  
R 338.3663 Continuing education providers; standards for approval.  
Rule 13. (1) Continuing education for pharmacy technicians that is offered or approved by  
any of the following providers meets the requirements of R 338.3661(1):  
(a) A pharmacy technician educational program that has been approved pursuant to R  
338.3655.  
(b) Another state board of pharmacy.  
(c) A program approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  
(2) A continuing education provider that is not pre-approved under subrule (1) of this rule may  
be approved by the board. To be approved by the board, the provider shall comply with subrules  
(2), (3), and (4) of this rule, complete an application provided by the department, and file it with  
the department for review no later than 60 days before the program date. The application and  
supporting documentation shall include all of the following information:  
(a) A program schedule, including date of the program, topics, the name of speaker, and break  
times.  
(b) An explanation of how the program is being designed to further educate pharmacy  
technicians, including a short narrative describing the program content and the criteria for the  
selection of this topic.  
(c) Copies of instructional objectives that have been developed.  
(d) Copies of all promotional and advertising materials for the program.  
(e) The name, title and address of the program director and a description of his or her  
qualifications to direct the program.  
(f) A description of how the amount of continuing education credit to be awarded for this  
program was determined.  
(g) A description of how participants will be notified that continuing education credit has been  
earned.  
(h) A description of the physical facilities, lab, or pharmacy available to ensure a proper  
learning environment.  
(i) A copy of the curriculum vitae for each instructional staff member.  
(j) A description of the delivery method or methods to be used and the techniques that will be  
employed to assure active participation.  
(k) A copy of the post-test instrument that will be used for participant evaluation.  
(l) A description of how post tests will be administered, corrected, and returned to participants.  
(m) A description of how post-test performance will influence the awarding of continuing  
education credit.  
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(n) A description of how attendance will be monitored, including sample documents, and the  
name of the person monitoring attendance.  
(3) The continuing education program approved under subrule (2) of this rule shall meet all of  
the following:  
(a) Be an organized program of learning that that will contribute to the advancement and  
enhancement of professional competency and scientific knowledge in the practice of pharmacy  
and be designed to reflect the educational needs of pharmacy technicians.  
(b) Have a scientific and educational integrity and contain generally accepted pharmacy  
practices.  
(c) Have an outline which demonstrates consistency with the course description and reflects the  
course content.  
(d) Be taught in a manner appropriate to the educational content, objectives, and purpose of the  
program and allow suitable time to be effectively presented to the audience.  
(e) Provide instructors who have the necessary qualifications, training, and experience to teach  
the course.  
(f) Provide for active participation and involvement from the participants.  
(g) Offer educational materials for each continuing education activity that will enhance the  
participant’s understanding of the content and foster applications to pharmacy practice.  
(h) Include learning assessments in each activity that allow pharmacy technicians to assess  
their achievement of the learned content. Completion of a learning assessment is required for  
continuing education content.  
(4) The program provider or sponsor approved under subrule (2) of this rule shall issue  
certificates or letters of attendance that include all of the following:  
(a) The name of the sponsor.  
(b) The name of the program.  
(c) The name of the attendee.  
(d) The date of the program.  
(e) The Michigan approval number as assigned by the department.  
(f) The signature of the person responsible for attendance monitoring and his or her title.  
(g) The number and type of hours attended.  
History: 2016 AACS.  
R 338.3665 Performance of activities and functions; delegation.  
Rule 15. In addition to performing the functions described in section 17739(1) of the code,  
MCL 333.17739(1), a licensed pharmacy technician may also engage in reconstituting dosage  
forms as defined in 17702(4) of the code, MCL 333.17702(4), under the delegation and  
supervision of a licensed pharmacist.  
History: 2016 AACS.  
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