As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases, and employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average.* At ACC, our Pharmacy Technician diploma program focuses on preparing you with the technical knowledge and practical skills necessary for positions related to the manufacturing, distribution, or support of pharmacy products.
The ACC Pharmacy Technician program is designed to train you to work with licensed pharmacists, doing things like labeling and dispensing medication, updating patient information and rotating inventory. Upon successful completion of this program and the receipt of your diploma, you will:
ACC's dynamic curriculum also prepares you for the professional world by providing training in basic computer operations, such as data input procedures used in maintaining patients' medication records
The focus is on your success!
The goal of our program is to help you graduate with the confidence and qualifications to begin your career as a pharmacy technician.
The Pharmacy Technician program is available at the following campuses:
Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of different settings, receiving prescription requests, counting tablets and delivering medications for distribution to patients. With your ACC Pharmacy Technician diploma, you can expect to qualify for entry-level positions in:
A few interesting statistics* about pharmacy technician careers:
A few places where graduates from various ACC programs have been hired:
Many area employers are very familiar with the quality of ACC programs and our school's track record for preparing confident, qualified professionals for rewarding careers. Our graduates have been hired by:
This curriculum is divided into learning units called modules. Standalone core modules for the ACC Pharmacy Technician program include:
For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.
Once you have completed your ACC training and earned your diploma, you'll be ready to pursue exciting career opportunities as an entry-level pharmacy technician. On the job, you'll play a vital role in helping licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medications in a retail pharmacy, hospital, clinic, and other similar environments.
As a pharmacy technician, your day-to-day responsibilities may include:
You'll be on your way!
As you begin your career as a pharmacy technician, the ongoing development of your skills can create increased opportunities for advancement. Even after you are employed, ACC's Career Services team will remain committed to providing you with the resources, support, and personalized assistance you need to keep your health care career on the fast track.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11
Program lengths vary by schedule and session.
Not all programs are offered at all locations.
Accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Licensure to work as a Pharmacy Technician is required by the state of CA.
|O*Net Occupation Titles||Soc Code||Links to Occupational Profiles on O*Net|
|Pharmacy Technicians: Pharmacy Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), IV Certified Pharmacy Technician, Pharmaceutical Care Associate||29-2052.00||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00|
|Pharmacy Aides: Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Clerk, Pharmacy Aide, Ancillary, Pharmacy Assistant, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Front Counter Clerk, Pharmacy Cashier, Certified Pharmacist Assistant, Pharmacy Ancillary||31-9095.00||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9095.00|
|On-time Completion Rate (2011/2012 Award Year)|
|Los Angeles||Orange County||Ontario||Long Beach||Consolidated Rate|
|Placement Rate Reported to ABHES (2011/2012 Award Year)|
|Los Angeles||Orange County||Ontario||Long Beach|
|Median Loan Debt (2011/2012 Award Year)|
|Title IV HEA Programs:||$9,454|
Current estimated Tuition and Fees: $17,017.50
To review the terms and definitions for the chart above, or to see the outcome information for ACC's other programs, and to view state disclosure information, visit: americancareercollege.edu/disclosures.