Top Schools for Pharmacy Technicians

Read about the top schools for pharmacy technicians, who typically work under the supervision of pharmacists to provide patients with prescription medication and healthcare products. Learn about the formal training options at three colleges and universities, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. that offer programs in pharmacy technology.

School Information

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. The three schools discussed below include one community college and two 4-year schools that offer certificate or diploma programs in pharmacy technology. Students at the Atlanta Technical College can also earn an associate degree in the same area.

Top U.S. Schools with Pharmacy Technology Programs

1. Miami Dade College in Miami, FL

Miami Dade College (MDC) is a 4-year college with eight campuses that Community College Week identified as the second-top producer of associate's degrees in 2011. 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.

2. Madonna University in Livonia, MI

Madonna University is a private 4-year university that U.S. News and World Report ranked 96th among regional universities in the Midwest for 2011. The university offers three non-credit medical certificate training programs, including a 50-hour training program for pharmacy technicians. Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of attendance and may elect to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

3. Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology, which takes a minimum of seven academic quarters to complete. 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 to the pharmacy technology program, Atlanta Technical College offers certificate, diploma and associate's degrees in a number of career-oriented areas, including business, healthcare and trades.

List of Ten Good Pharmacy Technician Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Atlanta Technical College Listed among the top 50 U.S. community colleges by Washington Monthly in 2010 Atlanta, GA
Central Arizona College Average student age is in the mid-30s Coolidge, AZ
Florida State College at Jacksonville Accelerated learning program available Jacksonville, FL
Gulf Coast State College First public community college in Florida Panama City, FL
Madonna University Franciscan Catholic university Livonia, MI
Miami Dade College Offers evening pharmacy technician program for working students Miami, FL
Robert Morris University Illinois Pharmacy technician program is available at both the Chicago and DuPage campuses Chicago, IL
University of Alaska at Anchorage Pharmacy technician program is offered completely online Anchorage, AK
Vincennes University Most part-time students are over 21 Vincennes, IN
West Virginia University at Parkersburg Largest community college in West Virginia Parkersburg, WV

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