Pharmacy Technician Training Programs
Requiring administrative, medical, and customer service skills, a Pharmacy Technician career is a technical line of work that demands a meticulous attention to detail and the ability to thrive in a busy pharmacy setting. As the gatekeeper of prescribed medications, compounds, and devices, the Pharmacy Technician plays a critical role in providing quality patient care. In addition to assisting the pharmacist in dispensing prescription drugs, the Pharmacy Technician performs administrative duties, such as answering the phone, verifying prescription requests, taking inventory of medications and supplies, that are critical to the pharmacy’s smooth and successful operation.
Arizona College (formerly Arizona College of Allied Health) can provide an education that will prepare you for your transition into a new career as a Pharmacy Technician. If you have an interest in Pharmacy Technology and would like to learn more about our classes, hands-on training, and lab resources, contact the Arizona College today to begin your training to become a Pharmacy Technician.
Choosing a Pharmacy Technician Program
Arizona College’s Pharmacy Technician program is designed to provide the education and hands-on training for you to reach your goal of becoming a Pharmacy Technician. You will learn in our Pharmacy Lab using equipment such as laminar airflow hoods, ointment slabs, prescription balances, counting trays, pill crushers, and various teaching aids. We also provide computer training on Pharmacy Management Software.
We offer accelerated morning and evening classes to help you make your dream a reality. We invite you to visit our campus to learn more about our school and our Pharmacy Technician program. Contact us today to start on the path to fulfilling your dream of working as a Pharmacy Technician. Change Lives, Choose Arizona College!
As a Pharmacy Technician, you may work in exciting environments such as:
• Retail Pharmacies
• Hospital Pharmacies
• Long-Term Care Facilities
We want you to be the next future Arizona College graduate! To assist our Pharmacy Technician students in their success, Arizona College offers:
• Morning and evening class schedules
• Financial aid available to those who qualify
• Open lab and tutoring sessions (by appointment)
• A peer mentor program
• New class sessions starting every five weeks
• Career Services placement assistance
Arizona College Program Details
The Pharmacy Technician diploma program is three quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks divided into two five-week sessions. After the on-campus portion of the program, each student completes an off-campus, four-week (160 hours is required) clinical externship in the last session of the program. Including the externship, the entire program requires approximately 34 weeks.
For more information about graduation and placement rates, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other important information about this program, click here.
Pharmacy Technology Diploma Courses
PHM 111 Cardiovascular System
PHM 112 Anti-infectives and Chemotherapy
PHM 113 Digestive and Respiratory Systems
PHM 114 Central Nervous System
PHM 115 Endocrine and Integumentary Systems
PHM 116 Herbals, Vitamins and Supplements
General Pharmacy Technician Courses
PHM 131 Law, Ethics, and Professionalism
PHM 132 Medical Terminology
PHM 133 Pharmacy Calculations
PHM 151 Retail Pharmacy - Daily Practice
PHM 152 Retail Pharmacy - Inventory
PHM 153 Procedures Hospital Pharmacy - Daily Practice
PHM 154 Hospital Pharmacy Management
PHM 121 IV Basics
PHM 122 IV - TPN's and Chemotherapy
PHM 123 IV - Irrigations and Ophthalmics
Pharmacy Computer Courses
PHM 141 Microcomputer Concepts and Keyboarding
PHM 142 Superscript Pharmacy Management Software
EXT 160 Pharmacy Technician Externship
As a way to enhance their resumes and as additional validation of the knowledge they have gained, Arizona College recommends our graduates become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) by passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Also, the CPhT is required for the Pharmacy Technician Full License in Arizona.
To practice as a Pharmacy Technician in Arizona, you must obtain a license from the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. There are two levels of licenses: the Trainee License and the Full License.
The Trainee License is required for our students to practice during their externships. To obtain a Trainee License, students apply at the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy with their U.S. birth certificate and high school diploma or GED. The fee is $46 for a two-year license. Later, graduates may also work under a Trainee License while going through the process to become certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in order to obtain a Full License.
Eventually, to practice as a Pharmacy Technician, graduates must obtain a Full License from the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. To qualify for a Full License, graduates must obtain their certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board by registering for and passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The fee to take the exam is $129. Once the graduate has passed the exam, they will return to the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy with their results, and will be able to convert their Trainee License into a Full License. The fee for the Full License is prorated based on how much time is remaining on the Trainee License.
The PTCB and State Board of Pharmacy will determine on a case-by-case basis whether the applicant will be allowed to receive their license or sit for their certification exam if the applicant has any felonies or misdemeanors.