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Program Highlight – Pharmacy Technology

October 10, 2011

Pharmacy TechnicianDid you know that Pharmacy Technology is one of the fastest growing careers in healthcare*? The Carrington College California Pharmacy Technology associate degree program can provide our students with the education necessary to help them enjoy successful Pharmacy Technician careers.

The knowledgeable instructors on our degree program teach their students all the terminology, abbreviations, and symbols used in pharmacies, as well as the administration skills that they will need. Students also learn the characteristics of drugs, the basics of drug distribution methods, pharmacy calculations, and the required standards of ethics and law.

Our Pharmacy Technology program blends classroom instruction with hands-on training in a simulated pharmacy setting; our students can also get valuable, real-world work experience during an externship once they have completed their coursework.

Graduates of our program are awarded an Associate of Science degree in Pharmacy Technology; they can then apply to the CA Board of Pharmacy to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT). This credential allows you to work as a Pharmacy Technician in the state of California.

Our comprehensive curriculum also prepares students to sit the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination; the credential required to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).**

Although not a necessity in California, some states and employers do require certification; and those with the CPhT credential report higher earnings and more promotion opportunities than their non-certified colleagues***.

Find out more by about this program by talking to a Carrington College California Enrollment Services Representative at 1.877.204.5818.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-11 Ed.).

** Carrington College California prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

***According to a survey conducted by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

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