Pharmacy Technician

As a Pharmacy Technician, you will help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. Pharmacy Technician training through High Desert Medical College can get you on your way to your new career – quickly and effectively. We offer both day and evening classes.

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Becoming a Pharmacy Technician through courses at High Desert Medical College will prepare you to enter one of the fastest-growing professions in the health care industry. HDMC students can enter the job market successfully with a program involving classroom theory lab procedures and externship. Our Pharmacy Technician students are prepped for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam which gives them the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification. Our graduates also receive their California License when they graduate, pending they have no criminal background, which may delay the process.*

Career Highlights & Opportunity
As a Pharmacy Technician, you will perform administrative and clinical tasks to support pharmacies from patient interaction to working with the pharmacists. Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists in measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording the correct dosages of prescription medications. They may receive and verify prescriptions or refill requests from patients and doctors’ offices. Other job responsibilities include verifying inventory, processing medical insurance forms, and operating cash registers to accept payments from customers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Pharmacy Technicians among the fastest growing occupations over the 2019-2029 decade. Employment is projected to grow about 5%. As of 2019, Pharmacy Technicians held about 425,000 jobs with career opportunities in the following employment categories:

  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Laboratory Pharmacy
  • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

    *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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