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Pharmacy Technician

In California, the Pharmacy Technician job market is projected to continue growing at a rapid pace. That’s good news for those looking for a high-paying job with a steady work environment. Between 2018 and 2028, jobs for Pharmacy Technicians are expected to increase by 13.3%, much higher than the national average.
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Average Annual Salary $47,620.00*
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Job Growth ( 2018-2028 ) 13.30%

Why Become a Pharmacy Technician?

If you’re drawn to a healthcare career but prefer to avoid direct patient interaction, becoming a pharmacy technician is the ideal path for you. As a pharmacy technician, you’ll take on the crucial responsibility of preparing and dispensing medication in a pharmacy setting. This role is vital for ensuring the seamless functioning of a pharmacy and delivering high-quality patient care. Collaborating closely with pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, pharmacy technicians prioritize the safe and accurate distribution of medications. They also actively contribute to patient education regarding their medications, playing a key role in enhancing their understanding and well-being. Opting for a career as a pharmacy technician offers numerous benefits within the allied healthcare industry. Experience job security, competitive remuneration, and the flexibility of work schedules. With a relatively short training period, you can swiftly enter the profession and embark on a gratifying journey. Moreover, this career presents opportunities to work in diverse sectors and make a positive impact on people’s lives. The demand for pharmacy technicians is on the rise in California, with projected growth of 13.30% over the next decade, surpassing the national average, as per the EDD Labor Market Statistics. Consider the path of a pharmacy technician to embrace a fulfilling career that combines healthcare, customer service, and continuous professional growth.



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27 week program/
600 clock hours/
25 Credit Hours.

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    What our Pharmacy Technician graduates say

    Program Overview

    Students receive instruction in pharmacy law and drug legislation, drug nomenclature, dosage forms, weights, measures, and calculations. Emphasis is placed on terminology, anatomy, and physiology as it relates to various diagnoses, medications, drug classifications, chemotherapy and antibiotic, automated drug distribution, sterile preparation, and extemporaneous compounding. Students are required to participate in a 120-hour externship in an approved hospital or pharmacy where they will perform various pharmacy functions. Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician program, students are prepared to make a smooth transition into the workplace with the on-the-job experience gained from the externship.

        • Receive and process prescription requests from patients and those sent electronically from doctors’ offices.
        • Accurately count, weigh, pour, and mix medications
      • Prepare accurate prescription labels and package prescriptions
      • Prepare and Process insurance claim forms and manage inventory
      • Establish and maintain patient profiles as well as computerized patient records
    Career opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians are abundant and promising. With the increasing demand for healthcare services, pharmacies play a vital role in providing essential medications and services to patients. This demand translates into a wide range of job opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians. They can find employment in various settings, including retail pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and mail-order pharmacies. Additionally, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and government agencies also offer career prospects. As the healthcare industry continues to grow, so does the need for skilled Pharmacy Technicians. It's a field that offers stability, competitive salaries, and opportunities for advancement. Whether you're starting your career or seeking a change, becoming a Pharmacy Technician opens doors to a fulfilling and rewarding professional journey.
    Pharmacy technicians are an important part of the pharmacy team and have a number of responsibilities. They may prepare and dispense medication, check for prescription accuracy, and provide customer service. They must also be familiar with the pharmacy's computer system and be able to use it to process prescriptions. What are the daily responsibilities of a pharmacy technician? Pharmacy technicians usually work under the supervision of a pharmacist. They may perform some or all of the following tasks:
    • Greeting patients in person and by phone
    • Receiving prescriptions from customers or health professionals
    • Checking that prescriptions are correct and complete
    • Preparing the necessary medication
    • Job of maintaining pharmacy inventory
    • Labelling the medication correctly
    • Stocking the pharmacy shelves
    • Organizing and maintaining the pharmacy dispensary
    • Adhering to safety practices to ensure quality care for patients
    • Checking expirations dates om medications
    • Process patient insurance

    Approved & Recognized: Meeting the highest industry standards

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    HSTI The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is the governing body responsible for certifying pharmacy technicians. Obtaining certification from PTCB is necessary for individuals seeking a career as a Pharmacy Technician

    HealthStaff Training Institute’s Pharmacy Technician program is approved and recognized by PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) and NHA (National Healthcareer Association) for meeting Industry Standards. The successful completion of our program opens the door to  CPht Certification.

    Price Comparison

    Health Staff Training Insitute Other Schools
    Become Graduate in27 weeks30-31 weeks
    Tuition Cost $7,395upto $18,000
    Books & Suppliesincludedupto $750
    ScholarshipInstant Inhouse Pell Grant (time consuming)
    Interest Rate on Payment Plan 0% (In-house 12 months) 1.13% APR to 11.23% APR
    Schedule Lot of options and flexibility Fixed schedule
    Class Size Small with full attention Large class size
    Job Placement assistance Dedicated Career Services team not available


    What is the duration of the Pharmacy Technician Course?
    The Pharmacy Technician Course offered by HealthStaff Training Institute in California is typically completed within 27 weeks.
    Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Course?
    Yes, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll in the Pharmacy Technician Course.
    Is the Pharmacy Technician Course accredited?
    Pharmacy Technician Course at HealthStaff Training Institute is approved by PTCB & NHA.
    What will I learn during the Pharmacy Technician Course?
    The course covers topics such as pharmaceutical calculations, medication dispensing, pharmacy law and ethics, drug classifications, and pharmacy operations.
    Will I be eligible for certification after completing the course?
    Yes, upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Course, you will be eligible to take the certification examination offered by national certifying organizations.
    What are the employment prospects for pharmacy technicians in California?
    Pharmacy technicians are in high demand in California, with employment opportunities in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare settings.
    Does HealthStaff Training Institute provide job placement assistance?
    Yes, HealthStaff Training Institute offers job placement assistance to students upon successful completion of the course. We have a dedicated Career Services Department to help with resume preparation, interview skills, and job placement assistance.
    Are there any financial aid options available for the Pharmacy Technician Course?
    HealthStaff Training Institute provides information about potential financial aid options, such as scholarships, WIOA grants, and payment plans. Please contact the institute for more details.
    Is the Pharmacy Technician Course offered online?
    Yes, you can take the Pharmacy Technician program classroom portion online. The online session will be followed by an externship which is hands-on training.
    What is the instructor-to-student ratio in the course?
    HealthStaff Training Institute maintains a low instructor-to-student ratio to ensure personalized attention and quality education. The exact ratio may vary depending on the class size.
    Will I receive a certificate upon completing the course?
    Yes, upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Course, you will receive a certificate from HealthStaff Training Institute, recognizing your achievement.
    What is the age requirement for enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Course?
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old to enroll in the Pharmacy Technician Course at HealthStaff Training Institute.
    Can I visit the campus and speak with an advisor before enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Course?
    Yes, you can schedule a campus visit to HealthStaff Training Institute to speak with an advisor, tour the facilities, and learn more about the Pharmacy Technician Course.

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