Pharmacy Technician

If you’re interested in a rapidly growing career in healthcare with ample employment opportunities and want to work with people outside of a clinical setting, then consider a career as a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technicians serve an important role in the healthcare industry, assisting people with obtaining needed medications and documenting conditions and allergies. Working under the direction of a certified pharmacist, a pharmacy tech accurately enters patient information and prescriptions in the database, prepares corresponding medications, and provides information.

The Pharmacy Technician program will prepare you for the roles and responsibilities of working in retail, call centers, hospitals, and pharmacies. You will learn a variety of entry-level pharmacy operation skills, as well as procedures, interpersonal skills, and regulatory standards. Our instructors will teach you patient and medication safety procedures for handling medications and filling orders, procurement, billing, reimbursement, and inventory management. You’ll also gain familiarity with pharmacy technology and informatics database software.

After completing 200 hours of in-person externship at a clinical partner site to conclude the program, you’ll be able to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

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Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.

GateWay Community College is the only college to offer the Pharmacy Technician clock hour program in the Maricopa County Colleges. As a clock hour certificate program, you will gain the skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock hour training programs have specific year-round start dates and typically meet daily Monday-Thursday. 

Our program is a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board approved training program. Students who complete the program will be eligible to take the PTCE or exCPT certification examinations. 

Watch the video below to learn about the Pharmacy Technician Program at GateWay Community College.

Program Location

18th Street Location

Program Cost Estimates*

Certificate of Competency in Accelerated Pharmacy Technician:  $2,691  |  424 hours / 4 months 

*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year. This program is not eligible for financial aid.