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Train to be a Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician training school in San Deigo and Orange County

Learn how you can become a licensed Pharmacy Technician working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist or another health care provider. This program is available at Newbridge College Santa Ana in Orange County, California.

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy Technicians are skilled professionals trained to perform clerical duties and tasks related to preparing and dispensing of pharmaceutical drugs. Pharmacy Technicians are usually included in all pharmacy functions except those which require the proficiency of a licensed pharmacist.

Licensed Pharmacy Technicians routinely find jobs working with pharmacists in hospitals, retail pharmacies, drug stores, nursing homes and other healthcare settings. Common job tasks include processing prescription orders and preparing medications and other health care products for patients under the direction of a pharmacist. Other tasks include keeping patient records, handling inventories and managing insurance claims.

Train to be a Pharmacy Technician At Newbridge College

The Pharmacy Technician training program program at Newbridge College is a career-focused program designed to educate and teach students the fundamental skills needed begin a new career working as a Pharmacy Technician.

The program provides the medical knowledge required to become a certified pharmacy tech, including medical terminology, pharmacy-related general medicine, skin anatomy and pharmacology, along with the laws and regulations governing the pharmacy industry, such as FDA and DEA regulations and ethical codes of conduct.

The Pharmacy Technician program provides students with hands-on training in a real pharmaceutical lab environment where they learn skills and procedures commonly performed by pharmacy technicians in hospitals, retail pharmacies and pharmaceutical laboratories. Key topics include how to perform pharmaceutical calculations, prescription processing, sterile and non-sterile drug compounding, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and complementary alternative medicine.

Students who successfully complete this program earn a Pharmacy Technician diploma and are eligible to apply for licensure through the California State Board of Pharmacy. Graduation does not automatically qualify all individuals for licensing; in addition, students must be fingerprinted and clear a California Department of Justice and FBI Live Scan.

Pharmacy Technician Program Length

  • Day Classes: 36 weeks
  • Evening Classes: 36 weeks

Classes Included in the Program

  • Pharmacy Operations I & II
  • Hospital Operations and Procedures
  • Internal Medicine I & II
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Law

Pharmacy Technician Program Externship Training

As part of their education, students participate in a 6-8 week non-paid externship program training at a pre-approved off-campus location under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist (or other qualified health care professional). This provides students with hands-on work experience and an opportunity to practice their skills in a real work environment. Students must complete their externship training to fulfill graduation requirements.

Campus Locations in Southern California

The Pharmacy Technician program is available at Newbridge College Santa Ana in Orange County.

Occupation and Job Outlook

The pharmaceutical industry is very strong and continues to grow faster than many other industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy-related job prospects are expected to be good over the next decade, and job opportunities for trained pharmacy technicians and aides are predicted to increase up to 32% through 2020.*

Work Environment

Pharmacy technicians and aides work in clean, organized, well-lighted, and well-ventilated areas. Most of their workday is spent on their feet. They may be required to lift heavy boxes or to use stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves.

Pharmacy technicians and aides often have varying schedules that include nights, weekends, and holidays. In facilities that are open 24 hours a day, such as hospital pharmacies, technicians and aides may be required to work nights. Many technicians and aides work part time.

To learn more, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Nationally Accredited Pharmacy Technician Training School

Newbridge College is licensed and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Newbridge College Santa Ana is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency.

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*Growth figures represent a ten-year period ending 2020. Source: "National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix," a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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