Pharmacy Technician Schools

Campus Programs in Your Area

Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern a great choice for busy working adults. Small classes ensure personalized attention for each student, and you will gain career skills in an educational environment that simulates the workplace, so you can begin using your education immediately on the job.


Programs:

  • AS in Pharmacy Technology
  • Diploma in Pharmacy Technology
Locations: HialeahWest Palm Beach

Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students. The institution offers career-focused curricula with increasing rigor from the certificate through diploma, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels. Throughout those curricula, the university seeks to promote the development of critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, computer literacy, and teamwork as well as an appreciation for life-long learning, cultural diversity and the expression of professionalism in all activities. At the graduate level, the university also seeks to promote a culture of research.

Programs:

  • Associate of Science in Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • And more...
Locations: Louisville

Discover the power of ONE COURSE A MONTH® to fit education into your busy life. Brown Mackie College’s ONE COURSE A MONTH® schedule lets you focus on your course work one subject at a time. 

Programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology
Locations: Atlanta

American Career College (ACC) offers hands-on training that will prepare students for careers in the healthcare industry at three campuses in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County, California. ACC's programs combine classroom lectures and hands-on training to prepare students for a Diploma or Associate of Occupational Science degree.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations: AnaheimOntario
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

Arizona College prepares students to work in the 'real world' of medicine. With the use of lecture and laboratory teaching, we provide our students with hands on experience.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations: GlendaleMesa
Give your career a boost with an education from Eagle Gate College. We offer many diploma, associate, and bachelor's programs in health care, business, health & wellness, design & technology, and justice.

Programs:

  • Diploma in Pharmacy Technician
  • Associate of Science in Pharmacy Technician
Locations: Salt Lake City
We've been producing top graduates for more than 50 years!

WTI's success and longevity is due to its commitment in providing its students with the latest information and technology. It does so by continually upgrading its curriculum, lab instruction and instrumentation, and by collaborating with professionals to keep apprised of industry developments.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations: JoplinWichita
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:

  • Degree - Pharmacy Technology
  • Certificate - Pharmacy Technology

You can complete Southeastern Institute's training programs in as few as 8 months! Receive hands-on instruction from caring instructors with practical experience in the fields in which they teach. Southeastern's small class sizes and individualized attention can be just the help that you need to succeed.

Programs:

  • Certificate in Pharmacy Technology
Locations: CharlotteCharleston

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.