Community colleges, technical schools and some universities offer certificate and 2-year degree programs that can help students prepare for a career as a pharmacy technician.
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The best schools for aspiring pharmacy technicians include both two- and four-year colleges and universities. The four schools profiled below offer comprehensive theoretical training in the field in addition to hands-on training opportunities.
Miami Dade College in Miami, FL
|School Highlight: The pharmacy program will prepare students for jobs as pharmacy technicians.|
The MDC School of Health Sciences is located on a dedicated medical campus and offers a pharmacy technician certificate program. Students can complete the certificate program in 2-3 semesters, which includes off-campus clinical education. Before entering into the Pharmacy Technician Program students must finish the Test of Adult Basic Education, although its completion does not guarantee entrance into the program.
Madonna University in Livonia, MI
|School Highlight: Noncredit registration for certificates can be offered at a discount rate.|
Madonna University is a private 4-year university that U.S. News & World Report tied at #86 among regional universities in the Midwest for 2017. The university offers pre-professional programs that prepare students for careers in the health sector. One of those programs in pre-professional pharmacy.
Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, GA
|School Highlight: School offers a warranty of stipulations for graduates with diplomas, degrees, and technical certificates.|
Atlanta Technical College offers an associate degree in pharmacy technology. Students also have the option of completing a diploma in pharmacy technology that requires fewer humanities courses and can typically be completed in five academic quarters. In addition, the school also has a pharmacist's assistant certificate program.
Central Arizona College in Coolidge, AZ
|School Highlight: The school's average student age is in the mid-30s.|
At Central Arizona College, the pharmacy technician training program confers a certificate and prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, which is offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Students gain familiarity with medical and pharmaceutical terminology and techniques. They also build record-keeping skills and study relevant legal and ethical topics.
Top Pharmacy Technician Schools
The following colleges and universities also offer strong programs for aspiring pharmacy technicians:
- Florida State College at Jacksonville offers an Applied Technology Diploma.
- Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL was the first public community college in Florida.
- At Robert Morris University in Illinois, the pharmacy technician program is available at both the Chicago and DuPage campuses.
- The University of Alaska at Anchorage offers a Pharmacy Technology Certificate.
- Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN offers a Pharmacy Tech. Certificate and a Pharmacy Technician, A.A.S.
- At West Virginia University at Parkersburg, students can pursue a Pharmacy Technician Certificate.
Whether students are looking for a certificate or an associate degree that provides pharmacy technician training, they can find strong, career-focused programs at both two- and four-year institutions across the country.