School and Ranking Information
Most of the schools in Tucson that offer programs for aspiring pharmacy technicians are for-profit schools. Based on degrees and program availability, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the Tucson area for pharmacy technician studies:
- Winner: Pima Community College is located directly in Tucson and is the only public school in the area with pharmacy technician programs. It is also the only college in the area granting an associate's degree in this field. The college has a total of six campuses throughout the area.
School Info Chart
|Category||Pima Community College|
|Distinction||Ranks in the top ten among largest multi-campus community colleges in the U.S.*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,724 (in-state); $8,048 (out-of-state)**|
|Pharmacy Technician Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Pharmacy Technician Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||17**|
|Most Popular Pharmacy Technician Degree Level in 2012-2013||Associate's (12 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||7%**|
|Noteworthy||School accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Pharmacy technology program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists|
Sources: *Pima Community College; **NCES College Navigator.
Pima Community College
- Classroom-based and online formats
- General education coursework supporting pharmacy technology curriculum
- Integrates class instruction with hands-on labs and clinical internships
Founded in 1969, Pima Community College (PCC) is a public, 2-year college in Tucson, Arizona. It enrolls more than 70,000 students in 195 occupational programs and sequences across its six campuses. PCC offers programs with flexible schedules, and students may choose evening, weekend or daytime classes. The health-related professions division offers programs in sports science, nursing and veterinary science, in addition to ten other fields. Many programs are designed to prepare the student for state licensure or certification; for example, its pharmacy technology programs prepare graduates to take Arizona's licensing examination.
Students can earn a certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology. Both programs include core courses in pharmaceutical calculations, drug therapy, pharmacy operations, product sterilization, pharmacy law and ethics. The 2-year curriculum also includes lessons in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. Although the program itself is not designed to transfer to a 4-year college, graduates who later become interested in pursuing careers as pharmacists may be able to transfer relevant credits.