Pharmacy Technician Training Program
Licensed Pharmacy Technicians routinely find jobs working with pharmacists in retail pharmacies, hospitals, drug stores and other healthcare settings.
The Pharmacy Technician Training Program at Newbridge College in San Diego provides students with the skills and training needed to begin working in an entry-level position as a pharmacy technician.
- Day Classes: 36 weeks
- Evening Classes: 36 weeks
Program Admission Requirements
- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Command of English language
Campuses Offering this Program
Pharmacy Technician Training Program Course Description
The Pharmacy Technician training program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to begin working as a Pharmacy Technician. During the program, students will learn:
- Hospital operations and practice procedures in diverse pharmacy settings
- Law and Ethics of Pharmacy, codes of ethics, FDA and DEA regulations, referencing and communication
- How to decipher physician's orders, pharmaceutical calculations, medical terminology, and lecture specific prescription drugs
- General internal medicine, pharmacology, microbiology, chemistry, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and antihistamines, vitamins and minerals, and vaccines
- Complementary alternative medicine, including over the counter prescriptions and skin anatomy
On successful completion of the program, graduates receive a Diploma.
Courses Included in this Program
- Pharmacy Law
- Pharmacy Operations I & II
- Internal Medicine I & II
- Hospital Ops & Procedures
Pharmacy Technician Program Externship
Upon completion of their academic requirements, students participate in a 6-8 week externship program with a health care employer, providing students with real-world hands-on work experience. Students will work under the direct supervision of qualified personnel at the signed externship site. Students must complete their externship training to fulfill graduation requirements.
Occupation and Job Outlook
Job growth in the health care industry continues to expand to meet the needs of a growing and aging population in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects are expected to be good, and employment of pharmacy technicians and aides is expected to increase by 32% through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.*
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.
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.
Accredited Training in the San Diego Area
Newbridge College - San Diego East is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as "a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training provided by institutions of higher education and the programs they accredit."
Gainful Employment Program Disclosure
Final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832], by the U.S. Department of Education, require institutions that participate in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (the HEA), to report certain information about students who enrolled in the Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE Programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about their GE programs.
The U.S. Department of Labor lists the following occupations as potential careers for students who complete these programs. For more information regarding Recognized Occupations and Standard Occupational Codes, please visit http://www.onetonline.org.
|Program||Standard Occupational Code (SOC)|
|Pharmacy Technician||29-2052.00 - Pharmacy Technicians|
Students Completing Within Published Program Length - On Time Completion Rate
|Program||Campus (Year)||Number of Students Who Began Program1||Students Available for Graduation2||Graduates3||On Time Completion Rate4||Total Completion Rate5|
|San Diego (2009)||91||91||30||33%||75%|
|San Diego (2010)||74||74||24||32%||82%|
1Students beginning program who are scheduled to complete the program within the reporting calendar year.
2Students beginning program minus students unavailable for graduation (deceased, incarcerated, or called to active military duty).
3Students completing the program within 100% of the published program length.
4Graduates divided by the number of students available for graduation.
5Students completing the program on time, plus those completing within 150% of the published program length.
|Program||Campus (Year)||Number of Graduates1||Graduates Available for Employment2||Graduates Employed in the Field3||Placement Rate Employed in the Field4||Graduates Employed in the Field an average of less than 32 hours5||Graduates Employed in the Field at least 32 hours per week55|
|San Diego (2009)||68||58||16||28%||N/A||N/A|
|San Diego (2010)||61||51||28||55%||N/A||N/A|
1Students completing the program within 100% of the published program length.
2Graduates minus the number of graduates unavailable for employment (graduates who, after graduation, are deceased, incarcerated, called to active military duty, international students who leave the U.S. or do not have a visa allowing employment in the U.S., or are continuing education in an accredited or BPPE-approved postsecondary institution.
3Graduates reporting that they are gainfully employed within six months of graduation in a position for which the skills obtained through the education and training provided by the institution are required or provided a significant advantage to the graduate in obtaining the position.
4Placement rate is calculated by dividing the number of graduates gainfully employed in the field by the number of graduates available for employment.
5This specific statistical information is not maintained by the institution.
Salary and Wage Information
Annual Salary and Wage Reported for Graduates Employed in the Field
|Program||Campus (Year)||Graduates Available for Employment1||Graduates Employed in the Field2||$15,000-$20,000||$20,001-$25,000||$25,001-$30,000||$30,001-$35,000||$35,001-$40,000||$40,001+||Students Not Reporting Salary3|
|San Diego (2009)||58||16||-||15||1||-||-||-||0|
|San Diego (2010)||51||28||-||5||-||-||-||-||23|
1Graduates minus the number of graduates unavailable for employment (graduates who, after graduation, are deceased, incarcerated, called to active military duty, international students who leave the U.S. or do not have a visa allowing employment in the U.S., or are continuing education in an accredited or BPPE-approved postsecondary institution.
2Graduates reporting that they are gainfully employed within six months of graduation in a position for which the skills obtained through the education and training provided by the institution are required or provided a significant advantage to the graduate in obtaining the position.
3Salary information is reported by the graduate; not all graduates reported salary information.
2011 Program Tuition Costs and Length
|Program||Campus||Program Cost*||Clock Hours||Credit Hours||Length (Weeks)|
|Day Class||Eve. Class|
|Pharmacy Technician||San Diego||$16,090.00||720||40.33||36||36|
* Program Cost includes tuition fee, registration fee, student recovery fund, books and supplies for each program.
Median Loan Debt Incurred by Students
|Program||Campus||Median Loan Debt|
|Pharmacy Technician||San Diego||$8,890|
*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. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.