School and Ranking Information
There are no pharmacy technician degree programs in the Phoenix area, but there are three schools that offer pharmacy technician programs designed to prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. These schools are Central Arizona College (CAC), Phoenix College, and Yavapai College.
- Winner: Of these three schools, CAC has the highest reported graduation rate, per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), so it's the winner.
- Runner-Up #1: Phoenix College is the only school located within Phoenix's city limits, so it's the first runner-up.
- Runner-Up #2: Yavapai College does have a certificate program, but the school is located nearly 80 miles from downtown Phoenix.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Central Arizona College||Phoenix College||Yavapai College|
|Location||Coolidge, AZ (46 miles from Phoenix)||Phoenix, AZ||Prescott, AZ (79 miles from Phoenix)|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $2,160 (in-state);
| $1,854 (in-state);
| $1,824 (in-state);
|Pharmacy Technician Program Levels Offered||Certificate||Recognition of Completion||Certificate|
|Pharmacy Technician Certificates Awarded in 2011-2012||4*||N/A*||6*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2009 Entering Class||29%*||17%*||16%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
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Winner: Central Arizona College
- Pharmacy technician program meets the requirements of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy and the National Pharmacy Technician Association for the PTCB exam
- 85% of all first-time freshmen received some kind of financial aid for 2011-2012, per the NCES
The 36-credit pharmacy technician certificate program at CAC prepares entry-level pharmacy technicians for the PTCB exam. Admission requirements include a high school diploma or GED, prerequisite coursework, and a passing score on the required HESI tests. Some of the core courses include anatomy and physiology, health care laws and ethics, medical terminology, and dosage calculations. Students also complete a pharmacy technician practicum.
Runner-Up #1: Phoenix College
- All classes are taught by interim licensed or practicing registered pharmacists, doctors of pharmacy, or certified pharmacy technicians
- The program is available in both morning and evening formats
The 72-clock-hour pharmacy technician program at Phoenix College prepares students to take the PTCB exam. The program's curriculum includes medical terminology, billing, and drug compounding. Students who complete all didactic coursework may participate in an 80-hour externship. Graduates can find work in retail and hospital pharmacy settings.
Runner-Up #2: Yavapai College
- Program is certified by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
- The PTCB exam pass rate in spring 2012 was 100% for Yavapai students
Yavapai's 20-credit-hour pharmacy technician certificate program takes one year to complete. Students are admitted once yearly in the summer session, and they progress as a cohort through the program in three consecutive terms. This program prepares students for pharmacy-related work in both inpatient and outpatient settings under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Students learn how to calculate drug dosages, manage medical records, and dispense drugs; they also participate in an internship.