Pharmacy Technician

Health Sciences

As a certified pharmacy technician, you are the liaison between medical professionals, doctors, pharmacists, insurance companies and patients. In this program, you will learn basic pharmacy principles and fundamentals to prepare you for entry-level positions in community and institutional pharmacy settings. Technicians assist in daily pharmacy operations, under supervision of pharmacist. Accountability to the pharmacist for accuracy and quality of their performance is key.

You will receive training in medical terminology; pharmacology; preparing medications, using sterile and nonsterile techniques to count, measure, and compound drugs; receiving and verifying written prescriptions; taking prescription refill requests; preparing IV medications; operating computer and automation systems; applying prescription and auxiliary labels to medication bottles; control and price inventorying; ordering supplies; restocking shelves; preparing insurance claim forms; and operating cash registers.

Successful completion of your hours makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency, as well as to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). You will need to have your Pharmacy Technician Trainee License before being able to do clinicals.

For information about the license, visit the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy website.  


This is a cohort program that will require students to move at a similar pace throughout the length of the program with specified start and end dates.

Must be 18 years of age, have high school diploma or GED, current AZ Level I fingerprint clearance card,meet Health & Safety requirements (immunizations & medical release), and background check. Drug screening required. Level I fingerprint clearance card, health and safety documentation (immunizations, urine drug screen), uniforms and personal equipment are paid for by the student. Costs will vary.

Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance

If you are interested in this Healthcare program, you will be required to attend a Virtual Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance.

Enrollment Session: Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

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Program Location

18th Street Location


Pharmacy Technician

Certificate #1405 | 652 hr / 7 mo | $3,380

The Certificate of Competency in Pharmacy Technician program meets Pharmacy Technician Certification Board requirements for students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Students will learn interpersonal skills and regulatory standards required of pharmacy technicians. Includes roles and responsibilities of the technician in a variety of entry-level pharmacy operations, responses to regulatory issues, adherence to quality assurance procedures, patient and medication-safety procedures, the procedures for handling of medications and filling medication orders, procurement, billing, reimbursement, and inventory management procedures, and use of pharmacy technology and informatics database software. Students must complete 200 hours of in-person externship in order to complete this program.

*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.

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