Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Government license, IHE Certificate of Completion

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Pharmacy Technician/Assistant. 510805


Program Synopsis Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Program Location: San Tan Campus

Course Objective:
Description: The Pharmacy Technician Certificate prepares entry-level Pharmacy Technicians by emphasizing medical and pharmaceutical terminology, calculations, record keeping, pharmaceutical techniques, law, and ethics. Most core requirements are offered as an online option.

Competencies to be achieved:

* Summarize the roles and responsibilities of the professional pharmacy technician. (Comprehension Level)
* Apply medical and pharmaceutical terminology to understanding and classifying patients' conditions. (Application Level) 
* Identify the most frequently used drugs and describe the purpose, correct dosages, and possible side effects, as well as precautions for all drug classifications. (Comprehension Level)
* Solve pharmaceutical calculations to determine accurate medication dosages.  (Application Level) 
* Perform cashier functions to correctly complete customer transactions.  (Synthesis Level) 
* Demonstrate thorough pharmaceutical recordkeeping practices in the preparation of prescriptions.  (Application Level)
* Interpret and apply pharmaceutical standards in compiling and preparing prescriptions. (Evaluation Level)
* Interpret, evaluate, and apply professional law and ethics as it relates to the pharmacy technician's responsibilities and scope in Arizona.  (Evaluation Level)

Total Cost of Program (include all costs to student including testing, licensure):
Tuition (In-State) 26 x $75 = $1,950
Tuition (Out of State) 26 x $150 = $3,900 
Additional fees: None

Pre-Degree requisite:
* High School Diploma or GED
* Apply for admission to the program with the Program Director before enrollment in the program. 
* Pay for and pass a background check and urinalysis
* For admission to the Pharmacy Technician program, a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.5

Provide a list of all books required for the program (even if cost of books is included in tuition):
* The Pharmacy Technician (Print)  ISBN 9781640431386 
* The Pharmacy Technician Workbook (Print) ISBN 9781640431393 
* The Pharmacy Technician (Digital) ISBN 9781640433915 
* Pharmacy Calculations (Digital) ISBN 9781640435469 
* Pharmacy Calculations (Print) ISBN 9781617318979 
* The Pharmacy Technician (Bundle Print)   ISBN 9781640432208 
* The Pharmacy Technician (Bundle Digital) ISBN 9781640432222 
* Medication Workbook for Pharmacy Technicians: A Pharmacology Primer (Print) ISBN 9780895828835 

Provide a list of all supplies required for the program (even if costs are included in tuition):

WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification:
Name: Veronica Duran
Phone number: 520-494-5111 

Direct Website link to the program:

Additional information:
Background check requirements for licensing and background restrictions for working in the occupation:
Background check castle branch 
Arizona Pharmacy Tech Training License 
Lab fees included in tuition 

Refund Policy (provide a summary if Refund policy is not listed on school website):

Credentials: (The following questions must be answered along with a supporting explanation for each)
Industry Recognized:
(Developed and offered by, or endorsed by a nationally-recognized industry association or organization representing a sizeable portion of the industry sector)
Yes or No: Yes.
Nationally Recognized Industry Association or Organization: Nationally Recognized Industry Association or Organization: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP); .
Stackable: (Part of a sequence of credentials)
Yes or No: Yes
Career Pathway: Courses completed apply towards NAU’s B.S. in Health Sciences-Allied Health through NAU’s 90/30 program.
Portable: (Recognized in other geographical areas; by other educational institutions; or by other industries/companies)
Yes or No (Explain): Yes. HLC accredited courses are recognized by other educational institutions. This certificate can lead towards NAU’s B.S. in Health Sciences-Allied Health. National certification is recognized by other states.
Accredited Curriculum: (This is referring to the course being accredited, not the test or school)
Yes or No: Yes.
Accrediting Agency and link to website: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); ; American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)-Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC); . This program also meets the educational requirements of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy for becoming a licensed Pharmacy Technician. .

Credential Attainment Rate: Percentage of students in the last 24 months who obtained a postsecondary credential during WIOA program participation or within one year after exit from WIOA. Not Tracked at this time.
Not tracked at this time.


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements



Central Arizona College

WIOA Approved Program


Curriculum Competency Based


Training Location(s)

San Tan Campus; Online

Local WIB

2003 - ARIZONA@WORK - Pinal

Type of Attainment:

Certificate; Eligible for PTCB Certification Exam

Name of Credential

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Pell Grant; Scholarship

Refund Policy

See Synopsis.

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - HLC; ASHP; PTCB; AZ State Board of Pharmacy

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)

$800.00 See Synopsis.

Testing/Exam Fees

$50.00 Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

In-State/District Tuition


Other Fees

$400.00 Background & Medical; Uniform; Trainee License

Out-of-State/District Tuition


Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

29-2052.00Pharmacy Technicians
$16.12 per hour
Required Certification: Arizona State Board of Pharmacy License

Provider Status



8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128

Phone Number

(520) 494-5444

Web Address

Last Updated

Apr 01, 2024


Sep 01, 2014


Jun 21, 2020

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