Pharmacy Technician Schools

Campus Programs in Your Area

Get allied health training with Ross Medical Education Center. We offer programs in dental assisting, medical assisting, medical insurance billing and office administration, and pharmacy tech.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter ourschool, to graduation and beyond, we are right there with you.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician (8-Month Diploma Program)
Locations: El MonteGardenaFresnoMore...

Founded in 1886, National College and American National University (ANU) are dedicated to the training and education of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of fields in business, information technology, and health care. National College and ANU offer more than 45 academic programs including numerous masters’, bachelors’, and associate degree programs, short-term diploma programs, English as a Second Language, and corporate training.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
  • Pharmacy Technician - Associate
At Everest University you can get a higher education designed to meet the demands of employers in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations: OrlandoLakelandTampaMore...

Your educational needs. Our commitment.

At Kaplan Career Institute, we strive to provide quality education in a variety of program offerings. Our campuses, with five locations in the state of Pennsylvania, offer associate’s degree, diploma and certificate programs that combine general education, professional experience, and career-focused education to help you develop the skills to achieve your personal and career goals.


 

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations: PhiladelphiaBroomall
Harris School of Business offers career-focused education that gives you the skills you need to make the leap into your new career.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations: Linwood
Take your career to a whole new level with a degree from Everest Institute. Programs available in Accounting, Paralegal, Business Administration and more.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician (Diploma)
Develop the skills to succeed in today's highly competitive business environment. Everest College can prepare you for a rewarding career in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Pharmacy Technician
Locations: EverettDenverRentonMore...

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations: AllentownLincolnLowellMore...
San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates.
Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California-including an Online division and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields.

Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction and real-world experience, learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technology
Locations: LancasterOntarioTemeculaMore...

About Pharmacy Technician Schools

Work opportunities for pharmacy technicians are anticipated to be good. As a matter of fact, employment is expected increase in the coming years. More people are using prescription drugs to treat various conditions, therefore, more pharmaceutical workers are essential to supply this need.

Aspiring pharmacy technicians with previous work experience have an advantage over those with none. However, by getting a certification or acquiring a degree, you will have an extra edge. If you are interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, or if you have decided to enroll in a program or course, read on to find out more information.

What are Pharmacy Technicians?

Pharmacy technicians act as assistants to licensed pharmacists. The pharmacists directly supervise and manage pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians do not have a degree in pharmacy, but they are required to have a working knowledge of various pharmaceutical functions.

Pharmacy technicians are knowledgeable about medications and drugs. They are responsible in counting, preparing, mixing, measuring and weighing medications. In addition, they help prepare, label and fill prescriptions. In some institutions, they’re involved in clerical work such as answering phone calls and handling paper work. At times, pharmacy technicians are given the extra responsibilities of taking inventory, lifting boxes and even operating the cash register. In health care institutions like hospitals and nursing homes, the technicians are included in delivering medications to doctors and recording data to patient’s records. They may be involved in customer service as well. Technicians often deal with physicians and other health care providers.

How Do I Choose a Pharmacy Technician School?

Choose a Program

Students with high school diploma or GED certificate can choose ta Pharmacy technician certificate program, associate’s degree program or the bachelor’s degree program.  The certificate program takes the shortest amount of time to complete while the associate’s degree program will take up to two years to finish. The bachelor’s degree, being the more comprehensive course can take up to four years.

Location of the School

The location of the training program may not matter for some people. However, some individuals hate long commutes. If you don’t like going back and forth from your house to your campus, choose a school near your home. You can research online regarding the proximity of the school to your home or workplace. There could be a community college nearby which offers a pharmacy technician training program. This could potentially save you a lot of time and money.

Night and Online Classes

If you work during the day, there are many programs that offer night classes. If your schedule isn’t flexible enough to allow you to attend a campus program, you can look for schools offering programs online. Many colleges offer such courses, just make sure that the program you choose is accredited. There are advantages and disadvantages to studying at home, but it’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons.

Check for Accreditation

After you have narrowed down your choice to a couple of schools, it’s time do some research. The school that you are interested in should be accredited by an authorized accreditation organization like American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). You can visit their website (www.ashp.org) to find information about school accreditation and the list of all accredited schools. Remember, schools not accredited by a legitimate organization may offer insufficient training for you to become a pharmacy technician.

Look at the Curriculum

Your program should offer enough training that prepares you to be ready to work as a pharmacy technician. Ask for a copy of their curriculum to see if they are offering all the subjects that you need to be a successful technician. Medical and pharmaceutical terminologies should be covered. Drug computations, pharmaceutical laws, pharmaceutical ethics should be covered as well. If the school does not offer any of these subjects, drop them from your list.

Verify the Reputation of the School

Check online forums, blogs and even social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to investigate the school’s reputation. Find out what current students and alumni have to say about the school.  Make time to visit the campus as well. Plan to sit in on one of the classes and see what they have to offer.  It is also a nice idea to interview students and ask for feedback.

Other Factors to Consider

There are many things to consider when choosing a pharmacy technician school. If you are on a budget, community colleges are a great place to look because it is often more affordable.  Although the tuition fee is cheaper, it doesn’t mean that the quality of teaching is poor. Many community colleges have long running pharmacy technician programs that have trained students for years. Additionally, you should make sure that the school you are interested in offers a job placement program. This will be very beneficial once you are ready to enter the workforce.

Becoming a pharmacy technician is a smart career move. Carefully research several pharmacy technician schools before making your decision.