School and Ranking Information
Most of the schools near Stockton, CA, that offer pharmacy technician programs are for-profit institutions; the closest not-for-profit school is nearly 40 miles north of the city. Based on school type, location and student services, the following college is considered a top school for aspiring pharmacy technicians in the Stockton area:
- Winner: Cosumnes River College is located in Sacramento, CA, about 40 miles north of Stockton. It is the closest public community college in the area that provides studies in pharmacy technology. Its 2-year degree program prepares students for national certification exam.
School Info Chart
|Category||Cosumnes River College|
|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||School accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges; Pharmacy technology program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Cosumnes River College
- Pharmacy technology graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Pharmacy Technician Association
- Curriculum combines classroom instruction with hands-on lab experiences
- Day and evening classes
Cosumnes River College is a 2-year, public community college and a member of the Los Rios Community College District. The college offers more than 175 certificate and degree programs through eight departments. The Department of Careers and Technology offers an Associate of Science in Pharmacy Technology.
This 60-credit hour program requires completion of mandatory prerequisite courses in business technology, computer systems and biology prior to admission. Core pharmacy courses cover topics in pharmaceutical information management, retail pharmacy operations and the preparation of pharmaceutical products. These classes familiarize students with concepts like labeling and storing medication, measuring dosages, medical law, recording pharmaceutical data and billing. Students also complete two practicums, one in an acute care setting and one in a retail setting. Credits earned in this program are transferable to a pharmacy school.