Pharmacy Technician

Are you interested in a career in the medical field? Are you comfortable in both an administrative and a clinical role? If you are interested in joining one of the healthcare field’s most rapidly growing sectors, a career as a Pharmacy Technician could be a great choice for you!

With High Desert Medical College’s Hybrid, Hands-on, and Online courses, you can get the training you need for this rewarding healthcare career in as few as 34 weeks!

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At High Desert Medical College, our Pharmacy Technician training program is designed to prepare students for careers in one of the fastest-growing sectors of the health care industry. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for helping licensed pharmacists, by assisting in measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording the correct dosages of prescription medications. Pharmacy Technicians are also responsible for establishing and maintaining patient record files, submitting insurance claim forms, and managing prescription and over-the-counter medication inventories. This 34-week program provides students with intensive training to learn the skills needed for entry-level employment as Pharmacy Technicians, and students receive real-world on-the-job experience through an Externship.

Students in the Pharmacy Technician program 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

    Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Pharmacy Technician diploma, and receive their California state licensure from the Board of Pharmacy.* The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Pharmacy Technicians among the fastest growing occupations over the 2019-2029 decade, and employment is projected to grow about 4%. As of 2019, Pharmacy Technicians held about 422,300 jobs with career opportunities in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, pharmacy laboratories, compounding pharmacies, and as pharmaceutical sales representatives.

    *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 45 days to process after graduating from the program.

    • Pharmacy Laws and Ethics
    • Microbiology
    • Prescriptions Processing
    • Pharmacology
    • Clinical Externship

  • Total Weeks in Program: 34 Weeks – Morning/Afternoon classes | 42 Weeks – Evening classes
  • Semester Credit Hours: 34.21
  • Financial Aid Credits: 24
  • Total Clock Hours: 910
  • Classroom Hours: 600
  • Clinical Externship Hours: 160
  • Homework Hours: 150
  • Teacher/Student ratio: 1/Class Lab 1/20
  • Student will receive a Certificate of Completion
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    "We get to make different types of products like lotions elixirs. We get to be very hands - on we get to do... I enjoy learning new things to compound, to make. That is what helps me come here every day with a smile," - Erick, PT Student

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