Pharmacy Technician Schools

pharmacy-technician-schoolPharmacy technician students are lucky in that they have many options to choose from when they decide to pursue an education in the field.

Besides their pharmacy technician school being accredited, pharmacy techs also have the choice of selecting classroom or online programs in which to complete their degree or coursework.

Take a look at our guide to some of the leaders in pharmacy technician schools across the country:

Ultimate Medical Academy

Main Campus: Clearwater, FL
Program Level: Undergraduate certificate
Class Modality: Online
Program Length: 46 weeks

What you will learn:

  • How to use medical terms
  • Dosage calculations
  • Prepare insurance claims

Resources:

  • 24/7 tech support
  • Externships- (unpaid) 180 hours of hands-on experience under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist at a pharmacy
  • Career services team gets you interview ready so you can start your new career
  • Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

South College

Main Campus: Knoxville, TN
Program Level: Undergraduate certificate
Class Modality: Blended
Program Length: 48 weeks

What you will learn in the Certificate Program:

  • Innovative and career-focused academic experience
  • Graduates who are technically prepared to serve as pharmacy technicians

Program Level: Associate’s Degree
Class Modality: Blended
Program Length: 72 weeks

What you will learn in the associate’s program:

  • Online didactic education
  • Onsite lab intensive training sessions
  • Clinical internship experiences
  • Four quarters of the curriculum are the same as that required in the certificate Pharmacy Technician program. The additional two quarters are required for students desiring to earn a degree.

Resources:

  • Career services
  • Student services
  • Clinical internship sites utilized by the program are geographically disbursed. Students may have to travel outside the local area for placements; Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Everest College

Main Campus: National
Program Level: Undergraduate certificate
Class Modality: On Campus
Program Length: 33 weeks

What you will learn:

  • Taking incoming prescription orders
  • Filling prescriptions
  • Instructing customers on the proper use of their prescription medications
  • Processing payments and insurance claims
  • Filling out regulatory paperwork

Resources:

  • Prepares students to pass the pharmacy technician certification exam or test based on the knowledge and skills

San Joaquin Valley College

Main Campus: California
Program Level: Undergraduate certificate
Class Modality: On Campus
Program Length: 30 weeks

What you will learn:

  • Pharmacy law and ethics
  • Pharmacology
  • Computer data entry
  • Pharmacy science & clinical applications
  • Prescription processing

Program Level: Associate’s Degree
Class Modality: On Campus
Program Length: 60 weeks

What you will learn in the associate’s degree program:

  • Students who graduate with an associate’s degree are qualified to register with the State Board of Pharmacy to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician
  • Eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • Graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification

Resources:

  • Career services
  • Job Referral program

Penn Foster

Main Campus: National
Program Level: Vocational Program
Class Modality: Online
Program Length: Student Pace

What you will learn:

  • Receive prescriptions from doctors and hospitals
  • Prepare prescriptions for patients
  • Verify insurance and prescription information
  • Assist the pharmacist with everyday duties

Instruction Sets:
Your program consists of 10 Instruction Sets written to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you’ll use in your new career.

Resources:

  • Prepare students to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam
  • Online Library and Librarian

Concorde Career College

Main Campus: National
Program Level: Undergraduate certificate
Class Modality: On Campus
Program Length: 24 weeks
Tuition and fees: $12,800

Program Level: Associate’s degree
Class Modality: On Campus program
Program Length: 72 weeks

What you will learn:

  • Medication preparation, distribution and storage
  • Prescriptions/medication orders and reviews
  • Drug-use review and pharmacy management
  • Pharmacy equipment and facilities maintenance
  • Collecting patient information

Benefits:

  • Concorde’s hardworking extern coordinators are dedicated to pairing you with the right hands-on externship opportunity
  • Concorde Alumni Program

Brown Mackie College

Main Campus: National
Program Level: Undergraduate certificate
Class Modality: Ground Campus Ground Program
Program Length: 60 weeks

Program Level: Associate’s Degree
Class Modality: Ground Campus Ground Program
Program Length: 96 weeks

What you will learn:

  • Prepare students to perform technical duties related to the preparation and dispensing of medication under the supervision of a registered/licensed pharmacist
  • Upon completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to work in either retail or institutional settings
  • Combines work in the classroom and clinical experience in the areas of pharmacy practice, pharmacology, and professional development

Resources:

  • This program will also prepare graduates for the National Certification Examination
  • Student Services
  • Committed faculty and staff

Carrington College

Main Campus: National
Program Level: Undergraduate certificate
Class Modality: Ground Campus
Program Length: 36 weeks

Program Level: Associate’s Degree
Class Modality: Ground Campus
Program Length: 72 weeks

What you will learn:

  • Our Pharmacy Technology program provides both theoretical and practical training
  • Pharmaceutical and medical terminology
  • Abbreviations and symbols to the effects of medications on the various systems of the body.
  • Drug distribution methods and the chemical/physical characteristics of various medications are also explored in depth as part of the curriculum
  • Receive, prepare and dispense prescriptions
  • Verify prescription information
  • Maintain customer profiles and patient histories

Resources:

  • Valuable real-world experience through a clinical externship at an approved local facility
  • Preparation for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) national certification exam

Pima Medical Institute

Main Campus: National
Program Level: Undergraduate Certificate
Class Modality: Ground Campus
Program Length: 35 weeks (except for Las Vegas location)

What you will learn:

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Math
  • Pharmacy Laboratory Skills
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry

Resources:

  • You will be prepared for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (CPhT)
  • You will be an IV certified pharmacy technician
  • You’ll gain experience with IV therapy. This skill set, most often used in hospitals, helps better prepare students for a variety of jobs in the field, offering graduates a competitive advantage

Remington College

Main Campus: National
Program Level: Undergraduate Certificate
Class Modality: Ground Campus
Program Length: 53 weeks

Program Level: Associate’s Degree
Class Modality: Hybrid program
Program Length: 100 weeks

What you will learn:

  • Basics of drug interactions
  • Medical abbreviations
  • Dealing with patients
  • Basic background in human structure and function
  • First aid
  • Career development
  • Pharmacy law and ethics

Resources:

  • Opportunity to learn sterilization procedures and pursue National Pharmacy Technician Association’s Sterile Products Certification
  • Eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam for an opportunity to become a certified pharmacy technician
  • Classroom Training
  • Familiarization with Pharmacological Terminology
  • Hands-on Laboratory Experience
  • Externship in a Working Pharmacy

Arizona College

Main Campus: Arizona
Program Level: Undergraduate Certificate
Class Modality: Ground Campus
Program Length: 34 weeks

What you will learn:

  • General Pharmacy Technician
  • Cardiovascular System, Anti-infectives and Chemotherapy, Digestive and Respiratory Systems, Central Nervous System , Endocrine and Integumentary Systems, Herbals, Vitamins and Supplements, Law, Ethics, and Professionalism, Medical Terminology and pharmacy calculations
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Retail Pharmacy – Daily Practice, Inventory, Procedures Hospital Pharmacy – Daily Practice and Hospital Pharmacy Management
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • IV Basics, IV – TPN’s and Chemotherapy, IV – Irrigations and Ophthalmic
  • Pharmacy Computer Courses
  • Microcomputer Concepts and Keyboarding and Superscript Pharmacy Management Software
  • Pharmacy Technician Externship

Resources:

  • Hands-on learning
  • The use of modern facilities and pharmacy laboratories
  • Labs contain equipment such as laminar flow hoods, ointment slabs, prescription balances, counting trays, pill crushers, and various other teaching aids
  • Computer training on Pharmacy Management Software
  • Experienced faculty
  • Real-world pharmacy externship experience
  • tutoring sessions (by appointment)
  • Access to Arizona College’s peer mentoring program
  • Career Services employment placement assistance (upon successful completion of the program)

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