School and Ranking Information
While there are only 2 public schools in the Jacksonville area with pharmacy technology programs, there are many for-profit schools nearby with programs in the field. In Florida, all pharmacy technicians must be registered with the state's Board of Pharmacy. To register, aspiring technicians must complete a board-approved training program and submit an application. All of the schools profiled below prepare students for state registration. These schools were also selected as the top three based on their graduation rates:
- Winner: University of Florida - Jacksonville is the winner, with a high overall graduation rate and a nationally ranked graduate pharmacy program.
- Runner-Up #1: According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Fortis College, a for-profit institution, has the next highest graduation rate, so it's the 1st runner-up.
- Runner-Up #2: Florida State College at Jacksonville is the 2nd runner-up due to its graduation rate and public school status.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Florida - Jacksonville||Fortis College||Florida State College at Jacksonville|
|Ranking||#14 for graduate pharmacy programs, national (main campus, 2012)*||N/A||N/A|
|Location||Jacksonville, FL||Orange Park, FL (14 miles from Jacksonville)||Jacksonville, FL|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, private for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees||$3,900 (total program cost, no date given)**|| $14,435 (diploma, no date given),
$23,450 (associate's degree, no date given)**
| $2,790 in-state,
$9,903 out-of-state (2012-2013)***
|Pharmacy Technician Programs Offered||Certificate||Diploma, associate's degree||Certificate|
|Pharmacy Technician Degrees/Certificates/Diplomas Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012||N/A||22***||6***|
|Most Popular Pharmacy Technician Program (2011-2012)||N/A||Associate's (12 awarded)***||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||85% (main campus, for students starting in 2006)***||67% (for students starting in 2009-2010)***||33% (for students starting in 2006)***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **School websites, ***NCES College Navigator.
Winner: University of Florida - Jacksonville
- 97% of students taking the national board exam pass on the first try
- Only 24 students are admitted into this program at one time
The 14-week pharmacy technician program at University of Florida - Jacksonville has a selective admissions process. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, up-to-date vaccinations and no felony or misdemeanor drug sale convictions; they also need to sit for interviews. The curriculum covers pharmacology, inventory management and prescription writing, among other topics. Students are required to complete an 80-hour externship in a local pharmacy.
Runner-Up #1: Fortis College
- The NCES reports a student-faculty ratio of 9:1 in 2012
- As of 2012, 100% job placement rate for graduates of the diploma program
- 70% of associate's-degree students completed the program on time
The pharmacy technology program at Fortis College is offered as a 55-credit diploma or a 99-credit associate's degree option. Students in both programs learn how to read, fill and distribute prescriptions; both programs also include an externship. The associate's program takes 72 weeks to complete and has additional general education requirements, along with a certification review course. Students can earn the pharmacy technology diploma in roughly 42 weeks.
Runner-Up #2: Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Graduates are encouraged to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam
- Per the NCES, 83% of all first-time beginning students received some type of financial aid for the 2011-2012 school year
The pharmacy technician program at Florida State College at Jacksonville can be completed in 1,050 hours. To gain admission, prospective students need to possess a high school diploma or GED. A completed application, a drug screening, CPR certification and a background check are also required. This program's curriculum includes classroom and lab sessions, in addition to a practicum experience.