Top School in Sacramento for Becoming a Pharmacy Technician

School Information

Many of the institutions in the Sacramento area that offer pharmacy technician or technology programs are for-profit or less than 2-year schools. Based on school type, student population and affordability, the following community college is considered a top school in Sacramento for pharmacy technician studies:

  • Winner: Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, offers a pharmacy technology associate's degree program. The college is the only 2-year community college in Sacramento providing this type of program.

School Info Chart

Category Cosumnes River College
Location Sacramento, California
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $1,104 (in state); $7,200 (out-of-state)*
Pharmacy Technician Degrees Offered Associate's
Pharmacy Technician Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 4*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 25%*
Noteworthy Pharmacy technology program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Cosumnes River College

  • Pharmacy technology program combines classroom instruction and lab and clinical experiences
  • Graduates prepared to register with the California State Board of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy technology students participate in clinical experiences in both retail and hospital pharmacies

Located in downtown Sacramento, Cosumnes River College is one of four community colleges within the Los Rios Community College District. The school opened in 1970 with a little more than 2,000 students, but now has an enrollment of more than 13,000. Cosumnes offers degrees in more than 70 areas of study, including pharmacy technology.

The Associate in Science in Pharmacy Technology program prepares students for entry-level jobs as pharmacy technicians working under the guidance of pharmacists. Along with general education classes, coursework focuses on medical terminology, pharmaceutical products and health information management. Other course topics include dosage calculations, pharmacology, retail pharmacy operations and pharmacy laws and regulations. Students also get the chance for hands-on training in the preparation of pharmacy products and the management of pharmacy operations. The 60-credit program culminates with supervised work experience.

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