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Students will learn the basic concepts of pharmacology, knowledge of practice settings, standards and ethics, federal and state pharmacy laws and regulations, basic pharmacy calculations, drug dosages, route and forms, conversion tables, recordkeeping, drug manufacturing, packaging, and labeling of drug products. Students will be given hands-on experience to perform in a pharmacy setting through the 120-hour externship requirements to successfully complete the course and receive their certificates. Once completed, students are eligible to apply for the state registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy.

Classes Include

  • Basic Concepts of Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Law and Regulation
  • Basics in Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Medication Safety
  • Pharmacy Quality Assurance
  • Medication Order Entry and Fill Process
  • Pharmacy Inventory Management
  • Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement
  • Pharmacy Information System Usage and Application
  • Job Preparation Skills

Day and Evening Classes Available.

Certifications available

Eligibility for State Registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy (RPhT)
Eligibility for National Certification with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (CPhT)

Cost for program: $3,499

The above cost does not include books, uniforms and additional requirements of the program. Students are required to attend an orientation prior to enrollment.

Possible Job Opportunities

  • Pharmacy Technician - Community Setting (i.e. Retail, Mail-Order, Compounding)
  • Pharmacy Technician – Institutional Setting (i.e. Hospital In-patient/ Out-patient, Long Term Care Facility)
  • Pharmacy Technician – Insurance Services Setting

Median Wage: $18.36

Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2017. Wages and actual employment are not guaranteed. Wages do not reflect self-employment.

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