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Prepare for an exciting career in health care with Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology program.
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Carrington Pharmacy Technology Program Details

Program Details

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see page 236 of the Academic Catalog.

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals

Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology certificate program is available at 11 campuses in 5 states. To learn more about each location, explore their campus pages.

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, 428 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415 506 0234 an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org/.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.

The Spokane campus Pharmacy Technology program is approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 1099, Olympia, WA 98507 – 1099, 360 236 4700, hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov.

Carrington’s Health Studies Associate of Science Degree program provides an opportunity for individuals to build on prior education to earn the educational credential that is often needed for advancement in the health and wellness fields.

The Health Studies AS Degree program is an online degree-completion option that offers students a broad base of general education course offerings that can be completed in as few as 7 months.  Visit Our Health Studies Page

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Offered at 11 locations in AZ, CA, ID, NM, and WA.

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Career Opportunities

Pharmacy technicians fill prescription medications and dispense it to customers or health professionals.

What Will I learn?

NERVOUS SYSTEM, ANTI-INFECTIVES AND RETAIL OPERATIONS THEORY

PRESCRIPTION PROCESSING, PHARMACY SOFTWARE AND PHARMACY CALCULATIONS THEORY

Check out our guide on becoming a Pharmacy Technician.

Are you interested in math, anatomy, physiology and health care? Would you like to find a career that combines these interests? Then pharmacy technology may interest you.

Pharmacy Technology FAQ

  • How long does it take to become a pharmacy technician?

    Depending on the program, you may be able to complete a Pharmacy Technology certificate program in under a year.

    The timeframe for becoming a pharmacy technician can vary by state and in terms of certification, licensure and the allowable scope of practice. 1

  • What schooling does a pharmacy tech need?

    There are a few ways to become a pharmacy technician.

    At the most basic level, you will need to earn a high school diploma or equivalency, then learn the necessary skills through on-the-job training.2

    However, there are also post-secondary education programs in pharmacy technology that may possibly open up more career opportunities for you.2

  • How much does a pharmacy tech program cost?

    The cost of a Pharmacy Technology program varies greatly depending on the school you choose to attend, any financial aid you receive, and the location of your program. Refer to the Carrington College Academic Catalog for detailed information on program cost.

  • What degree do you need for a pharmacy tech?

    You do not have to have a degree to become a pharmacy technician. At minimum, you will need to have earned a high school diploma or equivalency and learn the needed skills on the job.

    However, you can also enter this occupation by completing post-secondary education programs in pharmacy technology, which may possibly open up more employment opportunities for you.

    Some employers and states also require you to be certified.3

    Graduates of the Pharmacy Technology program at Carrington College are eligible and prepared to sit for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) national certification exam.

    Carrington College 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.

  • What does a pharmacy technician do?

    According to the BLS, common pharmacy technician job duties include:4

    • Collect information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
    • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
    • Package and label prescriptions
    • Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies
    • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
    • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system
    • Answer phone calls from customers
    • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters

  • Do Pharmacy Technicians need to be certified?

    Most states regulate pharmacy technicians in some way. Check your state’s board of pharmacy for specific requirements. Some common requirements include:3

    • High school diploma or GED
    • Formal training program
    • Exam
    • Fees
    • Continuing education
    • Criminal background check

  • Is a Pharmacy Technician the same as a Pharmacist?

    A pharmacy technician is not a pharmacist. Rather, a pharmacy technician works under the direction of a licensed pharmacist, providing support services to the pharmacist. Some of these services may include measuring, mixing, and counting individual medications and labeling and recording dosages and amounts of medications in accordance with prescriptions.5

    Many pharmacy technicians also interact directly with the public or others, such as medical staff, on a daily basis.

  • How much math do you need to be a pharmacy technician?

    A pharmacy technician should have arithmetic knowledge, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics and the ability to apply them in the role.5

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