The pharmacy field is changing. With the expansion of retail pharmacies, the emergence of new medical technologies and advances in science offering a greater number of therapeutic breakthroughs, pharmacy is an exciting field to be in.
At American Career College, our Pharmacy Technician 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.
Choosing the right pharmacy technician school can be difficult. At ACC, we emphasize hands-on training and real-world preparation. Train to prepare and provide prescription medications so patients can receive optimal instruction and service.
Find a Pharmacy Technician program near you. Our program is available at our three Southern California campuses located in Los Angeles, Ontario and Orange County.
PICK UP THE PACE! Want to streamline your path to becoming a Pharmacy Technician? Our accelerated Pharmacy Technician program allows you to earn your college diploma in as little as 9 months.
This program is taught in a blended format combining online classes with only 2 days a week of in-person instruction.
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Understand how to accurately fill prescriptions, procure drugs and bill third-parties.
Practice counting and measuring medication amounts for prescriptions and unit dose filling.
Learn procedures, skills and techniques used in preparation of sterile products for both hospital and home care pharmacies.
Pharmacy technicians are a pharmacist’s right hand. They take care of a variety of tasks to help a pharmacy run smoothly — from dispensing medication to tracking inventory.
Here are some things you may do as a pharmacy technician:
If you want a hands-on healthcare career but would rather not work with blood, our Pharmacy Technician program might be a good match for you.
Here are some of the top skills and attributes that make for a great pharmacy technician:
Active listening – Pharmacy technicians need to be able to communicate with both patients and pharmacists, understanding what is being said and asking the right questions.
Reading comprehension – From prescriptions to label information, pharmacy technicians consume written information in a variety of formats and need to be able to accurately interpret and process that information.
Speaking – Pharmacy technicians work directly with patients and pharmacists and need to be able to communicate important medication information effectively.
Monitoring – Pharmacy technicians perform essential tasks to keep a pharmacy running smoothly, including monitoring and tracking inventory.
Mathematics – Pharmacy technicians measure, mix, pour and record the amount and dosages of medication.
Pharmacy technicians can work in a variety of settings, including:
Our pharmacy technician curriculum is divided into learning units called class modules. Standalone core class modules for the American Career College Pharmacy Technician program include:
Pharmacy Law – In these courses, you will be introduced to the legal duties and responsibilities of both the pharmacist and pharmacy technician. You will gain familiarity with regulatory agencies and their functions, including DEA, NAPB, State Boards, FDA, JACHO, ASHP and CSHP.
Drug Fundamentals – Coursework in this class module is designed to provide you with an understanding of trade and generic names, pharmaceutical compounding, drug classifications, indications, dosages, routes of administration and side effects. You will also receive a general overview of basic chemistry skills and learn how to use the Periodic Table of the Elements.
Pharmacology – These courses provide instruction in the various effects of drugs and the processes involved in pharmacokinetics. Common pathological conditions and diseases that affect each of the systems are discussed, and hands-on pharmacy procedures used in various settings will be practiced daily in the pharmacy lab.
Drug Distribution – Coursework in this class module is designed to provide you with an introduction to the language of pharmacy abbreviations. As you become adept at deciphering medication orders through daily lab exercises, you will learn the mathematical conversions and dosage calculations necessary to correctly process drug orders in the hospital or inpatient pharmacy setting.
IV Preparation – This course provides you with an understanding of the procedures, skills and techniques used in the preparation of sterile products for both hospital and home healthcare pharmacies. You will learn the calculations involved in the preparation of intravenous solutions and apply hands-on procedures in the preparation of sterile products using aseptic technique.
Retail Pharmacy – These courses are designed to provide you with training in such procedures as filling prescriptions accurately, drug procurement, and third-party billing. Hands-on pharmacy procedures used in various settings are practiced daily in the pharmacy lab.
Pharmacy Technician Externship – Under the direct supervision of qualified personnel, you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills presented and practiced throughout the school's program.
For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.
Students can earn their diploma to become a pharmacy technician in as little as 9 months.
Our admissions and financial aid advisors are here to support you. They can help you break down the pharmacy technician school cost and help you explore financial aid options.
To learn more about ACC’s Pharmacy Technician program cost, access our tuition info.
Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Yes! ACC's Pharmacy Technician program includes a 320-hour, in-person externship that gives students the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquired learning hands-on throughout the training program.
A pharmacist is a licensed healthcare professional with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, responsible for interpreting prescriptions, dispensing medications and providing patient counseling.1 A pharmacy technician works under the supervision of and supports pharmacists by assisting with administrative tasks like prescription verification, medication packaging, and inventory management.2
Our classes are modeled after real-life situations, using the same medical equipment you'll come across in your first job. That way, you're prepared to jump in on your very first day.
"I'm really scared of blood so being a pharmacy technician seems like the best place for me in healthcare. I was hired straight from my externship and now work with a great team that helps and supports me."
- Joseph A. '17
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