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Pharmacy Technicians

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of graduation from the Pharmacy Technician Program; and
  2. Graduate from an accredited high school or acceptable equivalent; and must be able to produce two official copies of Transcripts. Please see your admissions advisor for what would qualify as acceptable equivalent.
  3. Graduate from a Pharmacy Technician Program meeting the California Board of Pharmacy requirements. American Career College meets this requirement.
  • Complete the Live Scan Fingerprinting Service. (Live Scan is inkless electronic fingerprinting. The fingerprints are electronically transmitted to the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations (DOJ/FBI) for completion of a criminal record check.) The State of California will likely deny you registration if you have a felony conviction.
  • Processing times may vary, depending on when the Board receives documents from schools, agencies, and other states or countries. The time to process an application indicating a prior conviction(s) may take longer than other applications. Delays may also occur with the fingerprint processing by the Department of Justice and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • Applicants must report any convictions or pleas of nolo contendere even if a subsequent order was issued which expunged or dismissed the criminal record under the provisions of section 1203.4 of the Penal Code. Applications may be denied for knowingly falsifying an application pursuant to section 480(c) of the Business and Professions Code.
  • You may be denied a license if you have:
    • A medical condition which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice your profession with reasonable skill and safety without exposing others to significant health or safety risks.
    • Engage, or been engaged in the past two years, in the illegal use of controlled substances.
    • If disciplinary action has ever been taken against your pharmacist license, intern permit or technician license in this state or any other state.
    • Ever had an application for a pharmacist license, intern permit or technician license denied in this state or any other state.
    • Ever had a pharmacy permit, or any professional or vocational license or registration, denied or disciplined by a government authority in this state or any other state
    • Been convicted of any crime in any state, the USA and its territories, military court or foreign country. A conviction within the meaning of this section means a plea or verdict of guilty or a conviction following a plea of nolo contendere. Any action that a board is permitted to take following the establishment of a conviction may be taken when the time for appeal has elapsed, or the judgment of conviction has been affirmed on appeal, or when an order granting probation is made suspending the imposition of a sentence, irrespective of a subsequent order under the provisions of Section 1203.4 of the Penal Code.
    • Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, no person shall be denied a license solely on the basis that he or she has been convicted of a felony if he or she has obtained a certificate of rehabilitation under Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 4852.01) of Title 6 of Part 3 of the Penal Code, or that he or she has been convicted of a misdemeanor if he or she has met all applicable requirements of the criteria of rehabilitation developed by the Board to evaluate the rehabilitation of a person when considering the denial of a license under subdivision (a) of Section 482.
  • Complete a sealed original NPDB-HIPDB self query-report (This report is governed by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the self-query will indicate if there is a report on you or your practitioner's organization - either for your own interest, at the request of a potential employer, licensor, or insurance provider.) The Board of Pharmacy will likely deny the completion of your registration if you have a pending report.
  • More information on the process for becoming registered may be obtained on the California State Board of Pharmacy website,



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