Pharmacy Technician Course
This Pharmacy Technician one semester course is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a retail setting, an outpatient pharmacy and a hospital-in-patient pharmacy with a supervising pharmacist.
This course includes classroom instruction with hands-on training, online assignments, and 120 externship hours in a retail or hospital pharmacy. Students must provide their own transportation to the externship pharmacy location.
This course covers: Drugs and Dosages; Dosage Calculation; Ethics; Legal Codes and Regulations; Customer Service; Dispensing of all types of medication; Taking prescriptions over the phone and in-person; Record Keeping; Medical Terminology; and Anatomy.
This course also prepares students to be qualified to apply for both the California Pharmacy Technician License and to take the National Pharmacy Technician Exam. Both the state and national licensing require additional expenses, beyond class costs. At the end of the 24-week program, Pharmacy Technician Students will receive a Pharmacy Technician Program Certificate of Completion and be ready to work immediately as a Pharmacy Technician.
There are no pre-requisite courses.
18 weeks x 4.5 hours x 4 days = 324 total in-class + on-line + externship course hours for Pharmacy Technician
18 hours per week
M, T, W, TH 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
36 additional externship hours must be scheduled at alternative times in mutual agreement with the externship location.
360 total hours for Pharmacy Technician Program
California Growth % Rates (2016-2026)
California $20.81 hourly 14% growth rate