Are You Interested in Pharmacy Tech?

Become a Pharmacy Technician in as few as 34 weeks!

Are you interested in a career in the medical field? If you would like to pursue a career in the healthcare industry, High Desert Medical College offers excellent training programs to prepare you in a short amount of time. HDMC offers hands-on, hybrid, and online courses to train you for your Pharmacy Technician diploma in as few as 34 weeks! With HDMC, you can train to enter one of the fastest-growing professions in the healthcare industry, and get prepared for professional certification. Read on to learn how you can begin a successful career in pharmacy technology with training from HDMC!

Right now is an excellent time to consider a career as a pharmacy technician! Over the last decade, pharmacy technicians have been among the fastest growing occupations in the country, and these essential medical professionals are in high demand nationwide (BLS 2020). HDMC has designed the Pharmacy Technician program to train students to meet this need in their own communities. According to June Vernon, HDMC’s Director of Student Services, Pharmacy Technicians are in demand locally near our campuses. Pharmacies, like Walgreens, have been our biggest employers of our Pharmacy Technician graduates. It is a great career to get into because there is a definite need.” If you are looking for a healthcare career with plenty of opportunity and potential for growth, training to become a pharmacy technician might be the right choice for you!

Pharmacy technicians work hand-in-hand with licensed pharmacists, performing supportive administrative and clinical tasks. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for helping licensed pharmacists fill and dispense medications prescribed to patients by medical professionals. Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording the correct dosages of prescription medications. These healthcare professionals establish and maintain patient record files, submit insurance claim forms, and manage prescription and over-the-counter medication inventories. Daily tasks may include receiving and verifying prescriptions or refill requests from patients and doctors’ offices, verifying inventory, processing medical insurance forms, and operating cash registers to accept payments from customers. Pharmacy technicians often interact directly with patients, and must adhere to HIPAA, Federal and State regulations concerning confidentiality.

At HDMC, you can train to be a pharmacy technician in as few as 34 weeks! HDMC’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program teaches students the essential knowledge and practical skills necessary to be successful in entry-level positions. Through hands-on training and professional instruction, students learn the skills to: 

  • Fill prescriptions under the direct supervision of a pharmacist
  • Utilize relevant software applications
  • Recognize the classifications of drugs and scheduled drugs
  • Understand brand, generic, and OTC (over the counter) medications
  • Adhere to HIPAA privacy regulations
  • Comprehend and perform insurance procedures

HDMC’s program also includes an externship component, so students are able to practice their skills in a real-world environment. Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion, Pharmacy Technician Diploma. Graduates will be prepared to test for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and will receive their California state licensure from the Board of Pharmacy.*

If a career in pharmacy technology sounds appealing to you, HDMC has the program to train you for success! High Desert Medical College offers hybrid, hands-on, and online classes to train you for an essential medical career in a short amount of time. With locations in Bakersfield, Lancaster and Temecula, California, HDMC is designed for busy people just like you. Our Admissions Department is standing by to answer any questions you have about HDMC and our pharmacy technician program. Don’t wait any longer to pursue a better career- give HDMC a call at 888-633-4362 today! Your healthcare career begins here, with training from HDMC!


*Licensing by the California State Board of Pharmacy requires fingerprinting, criminal background check, and official High School/GED transcripts to be submitted with the State Board of Pharmacy application. This process may take up to 45 days to complete after graduating from the program; a criminal background may delay the process.

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