Pharmacy technicians form a vital part of the pharmacy team. Registered pharmacists depend on them to perform much of the preparation of prescription products and customer service within the pharmacy. Their active role within institutional and retail pharmacies gives pharmacists the freedom to assume a more clinical role. Pharmacy technician programs emphasize the importance of detail in the profession. Accuracy or lack thereof could boost or endanger public health, so students learn that precision, accuracy, and attention to detail are all principles that pharmacy technicians must apply in practice. Common topics include preparation of IVs, processing prescriptions, pharmacy software, inventory control, drugs and their effects on the body, and pharmacy calculations. Graduates are prepared for an exciting career in the field of health care. Estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that employment for qualified pharmacy technicians will grow by 20 percent in the next decade. A career as a pharmacy technician is emotionally and financially rewarding but it may also be an excellent starting point if you plan to become a licensed pharmacist.
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University facilitates a pharmacy technician that leads to a certificate of completion. The duration of the program is nine months. Students obtain the skills to become an efficient technician as they learn pharmacy law and ethics, drug classes, pharmaceutical calculations, prescription interpretation and processing, brand and generic drug names, and indications for use and pharmacology. In addition to classroom lectures, students will be exposed to a variety of pharmacy environments to put their knowledge to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The school also has a pharmacy lab that will provide additional opportunities to practice prescription processing and labeling of medications. All students have access the school’s Pharmacy Technician University online to enhance their learning experience. Graduates will be eligible to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy to become licensed pharmacy technician. They may also sit a national certification exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must pass a basic math-skills assessment
- Submit a completed application and fee of $75
The total cost of tuition is $6,000 (3 courses). Students may pay the tuition in full at the time of registration or sign up for Tuition Deferment Payment Plan for an extended payment option.
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- Website: https://extended.csub.edu/
- Address: 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311
- Phone: (661) 654-CSUB
San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC)
SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program provides students with the knowledge and skills to dispense medication under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Students learn pharmacy law and ethics, computer data entry, prescription processing pharmacy science and clinical applications, and pharmacology. The training includes classroom and lab instruction as well as an extern component that gives students the opportunity to learn in an actual clinical environment. The Certificate of Completion covers 36.0 credit hours. Course modules include Pharmacy Science and Applications, Pharmacy Law and Ethics, Pharmacy Records and Documentation, Pharmacy Math and Computations, Pharmacy Science and Applications I, Pharmacy Clinical Applications I, Pharmacy Clinical Application 2, Pharmaceutical Compounding, Pharmacy Business, Simulations, and Computer Applications, Capstone & Externship. The duration of the training is 36 weeks for the certificate program. SJVC offers a Certificate of Completion and an A.S. degree program.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must attend interview with an admission advisor
- Complete an admissions assessment – the Wonderlic SLE with a score of 12
- Must meet with the Enrollment Services Director or campus manager
- Must me with the Financial Services Department to meet tuition obligations
- Must complete a New Student Orientation
Tuition for the AS degree is $30,515.50 and the certificate program is $19,630.
- Website: https://www.sjvc.edu/
- Address: 201 New Stine Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309
- Phone: (661) 834-0126
UEI College prepares pharmacy technician students to thrive in a pharmacy environment. Committed instructors ensure students develop the skills that they’ll use daily. The program covers hospital pharmacy procedures, pharmacy law, retail pharmacy procedures, internal medicine, sterile preparations, customer relations, and much more. The program covers nine modules in 36 instructional weeks. The first eight modules are 80 hours each. The final module covers a 120-hour pharmacy externship at an approved facility. Program content is delivered in hybrid format. The entire program covers a total of 760 clock hours or 34.5-semester credits. At the conclusion of the program, graduates will be prepared to function as a key member of the pharmacy team and sit a national exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The duration of the program is 10 months.
- Must be 18 years or older
- Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Must be free of felony convictions of any kind
- Submit a completed application and application fee
- Complete livescan fingerprinting
- Submit a passport-sized photo with the application
The total program cost of $19,900 includes tuition, books, supplies, and uniforms.
- Website: https://www.uei.edu/
- Address: 3737 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93308
- Phone: (877) 463-4472
Kern High School District
The pharmacy technician program offered at the Career and Education Center is available to high school students only. It includes classroom instruction that covers basic safety and standards, communication and customer service, introductions to pharmacology, pharmacy laws, regulatory agencies and ethics, body systems and introduction to pharmacokinetics, sterile and non-sterile compounding, processing and handling of medications and medication orders, and procurement, billing, reimbursement, and inventory management. During the second semester of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a pharmacy internship at a local pharmacy. Graduates will receive a Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Completion, CPR certification. HIPAA Certification, Preparatory training to obtain a California Pharmacy Technician license, and eligibility to take the PTCB exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The duration of the program is 10 months.
- Must be proficient in reading and writing comprehension skills
- Must have math skills including the ability to multiply and divide fractions and basic conversions
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must have a social security number
- Must obtain fingerprint clearance through the Department of Justice
- Pass a drug test
Tuition is free for high school students.
- Website: https://roc.kernhigh.org/
- Address: 501 So Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93307
- Phone: (661) 831-3327
- Fax: (661) 398-8239