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Pharmacy Technology Program


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Launching Fall 2025

College of the Canyons is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of an innovative Pharmacy Technology Program. This two-semester program is designed to provide students with everything from the fundamentals of pharmacy practice to hands-on externship experiences. Students will have the option to earn either a Certificate of Completion or pursue an Associate of Science (AS) degree.

This program will have national accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for the first graduating class.

 



PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Cost per unit: $46.00
  • Total Units:  18 Units
  • Duration: Complete your certification in just two semesters.
  • Course Delivery: Blended format combining online classes with on-campus laboratory sessions.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Eight courses including externship.
  • Expert Instruction: Learn from experienced professionals in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Hands-on Experience: Gain practical skills through a supervised externship in a real-world pharmacy setting.
  • Career Opportunities: Step directly into rewarding roles in both retail and institutional pharmacy settings.

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Prepare to Launch Your Career in Pharmacy Technology!


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Pharmacy Technology Program prepares entry-level pharmacy technicians to practice in retail, home health, long-term care, and hospital settings. The curriculum covers pharmacology & therapeutics, pharmacy calculations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, and retail and institutional pharmacy practice. 

Students are required to complete 130 hours of externship in a pharmacy setting to successfully complete the program. This externship is designed to provide hands-on, practical experience in a real-world environment, reinforcing the knowledge and skills students have acquired throughout their coursework. The externship enhances students' overall learning experience and better prepares them for their future careers as pharmacy technicians.

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to apply for a Pharmacy Technician license from the state of California and sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). The program will be nationally accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).


Young woman pharmacist smiling confident mixing medicine at pharmacy.

 

 



Pretty young Caucasian woman paying for medicines with credit card in pharmacy. African man pharmacist dispensing drugs for young woman at pharmacy

 

COURSEWORK

  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice: An overview of the roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians in various settings.
  • Pharmacy Calculations: Essential mathematical skills needed to accurately prepare and dispense medication.
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics for Pharmacy Technicians: Detailed study of drugs and their effects on the human body.
  • Community Pharmacy Practice: Training in the operational aspects of retail pharmacy practice.
  • Community Pharmacy Lab: Hands-on experience in a simulated retail pharmacy setting.
  • Institutional Pharmacy Practice: Insights into the workings of pharmacies in hospitals and other institutional settings.
  • Institutional Pharmacy and Sterile Compounding Lab: Advanced skills in preparing sterile medication forms, including adherence to safety standards.
  • Pharmacy Clinical Experience I: Practical experience in a pharmacy setting, applying learned skills under supervision.

This curriculum is structured to ensure that upon graduation, students are well-prepared to pass the pharmacy technician certification exam and excel in their careers.

 

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Questions? Contact Faculty Director

Jaya George
Jaya.George@canyons.edu 

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