Pharmacy Technician

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.

Health Sciences

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.

Information Session Attendance

If you are interested in a Healthcare program offered at the Central City Campus, you will be required to attend an Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance. The sessions are held every Tuesday, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Central City, 1245 E. Buckeye Road, Phoenix AZ 85034 (Building A, Entry #4, Room A202).


You may find employment as an Accredited Pharmacy Technician; Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT); Compounding Technician; Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT); Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech); Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech); Senior Pharmacy Technician; Technician or an Inventory Specialist.

You also may take advantage of career services to gain skills in interviewing, resume writing, looking for a job and other career guidance. Through these services you will be better prepared to complete successful interviews and attain employment.

Request More Information


Clock Hour Program

Clock-based certificates are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.

Program Location

18th Street Location

Central City

Job Title

Pharmacy Technicians**

Program Cost

Certificate of Competency - Pharmacy Technician: $3,380*

Median Salary

Visit O*NET OnLine for median salary.


Certificate of Competency in Pharmacy Technician

Program  Number       Completion Time*       Program Costs*      
Pharmacy Technician      1405 652 hr | 8 mo $3,380

Start Dates

*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.

**For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, as well as wage and employment trend information.