Overview: As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are now used than at any time in human history. When combined with the increased needs of a larger and older population, the pharmacy profession is expected to surge over the next decade and employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than average. Earn your certificate or A.A. degree at Cerritos College and join the ranks of other health care workers working to improve the health of your community!
Pharmacy Technicians: Pharmacy technicians are skilled technical health-care workers who perform a wide variety of non-discretionary pharmacy related tasks under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in a variety of health care settings. Typically, technicians review prescriptions for completeness and authenticity, help prepare and distribute medications, control inventory and place orders, and assist in payment and billing. In some instances, clinically trained Advanced Practice Pharmacy Technicians work as part of a health-care team in an acute care environment.
Program Description: The Pharmacy Technician training program was created in 1978 as a part-time evening program. In 1999, the department was reorganized and the name changed to "Pharmacy Technology Department." At that time the program offered both a Pharmacy Clerk and a Pharmacy Technician training program. Currently, the Technician training program is accredited through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The most recent self-study and site-visit occurred in spring 2011. The program received full accreditation without recommendations. The next accreditation self-study and site-visit will take place in 2017.
Pharmacy Technician Training Program: The certificate program requires 31units for certification and takes 3 to 4 semesters to complete for full time students. The A.A. requires 60 semester units and takes 2 to 3 years to complete. Successful completion of the pharmacy technician program qualifies students for registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy. Graduates are also encouraged to complete the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, the nationally recognized certification exam for pharmacy technicians offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.