Program Overview - Pharmacy Tech

Careers in the pharmacy field are evolving, the role of the pharmacist is evolving, and the need for qualified pharmacy technicians is growing. Pharmacy technicians are a valued member of any pharmacy team, performing much of the preparation of the prescription products, processing insurance information, and customer services duties.

Being licensed and working as a pharmacy technician can also serve as a tremendous starting point for anyone who might be interested in becoming a licensed pharmacist. Many current pharmacists and pharmacy students started out as pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy Technician Program at CSUB

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program at CSUB will teach you the necessary skills for you to become a successful Pharmacy Technician. Class topics include:

  • Pharmacy law and ethics
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Prescription interpretation and processing
  • Third-party insurance billing
  • Brand and generic drug names
  • Drug classes
  • Indications for use and pharmacology

You will be introduced to a variety of pharmacy workplace environments and taught the skills that will enable you to compete for jobs in these professional areas such as:

  • Community pharmacy (chain and independent)
  • Hospital and long term care
  • Nuclear
  • Compounding
  • Industrial

Classes will be taught by licensed pharmacy professionals with years of knowledge and experience to provide you with the tools you will need to enjoy a career working in this highly-respected, ever-changing profession.

Hands-on training will be included as part of the coursework, and the pharmacy lab will provide you with opportunities to learn and practice many of the duties that you will be expected to perform. You will have opportunities to work on a prescription processing computer program, to learn how to accurately input, bill, and label prescriptions. Your enrollment in this program will also provide you with access to Pharmacy Technician University, an online learning source that will further enhance your learning experience.

After the program – road to employment

Upon completion of this program, you will be expected to participate in an externship program where you will get to utilize the skills and knowledge you have obtained during the course of the program. Your externship will be under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

Once your externship has been completed, you will be eligible to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician.  Additionally, this course will also prepare you to take the optional national Pharmacy Technician Certification exam, which when successfully completed, will allow you to be recognized as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

You will also be introduced to the various professional organizations that, as a pharmacy technician, you will be able to join, and advance the profession.

After completion of the program and externship, students will have access to assistance in developing and preparing cover letters and resumes, as well as networking opportunities with local pharmacy professionals.

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We’re now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 class. Spots in the program are first come, first served and the application deadline is August 1, 2016.

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Application and Deadlines

The application deadline for the Fall 2017 semester is July 10, 2017. Apply today!

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