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Pharmacy Technician


This program only accepts high school seniors. Juniors are encouraged to enroll in Introduction to Health Careers.


Location: CTEC
Welcome to our incoming August 2020 students. Please watch this quick introductory video from your teacher, Ms. Patteson-Johnston ...

Program Description

If you thrive in a fast paced environment, flourish with organization, and have a deep passion for people, then let ROC bring out the inner Pharmacy Technician in you!


When a customer comes to the pharmacy, they are more than likely ill with some sort of disease state. As a pharmacy technician, one must be extraordinarily compassionate, knowledgeable of the illnesses that are associated with the top 200 medications, and be as accurate as they are amiable.


ROC’s Pharmacy Technician program is a one-year course.  During second semester of the program, some students may have the opportunity to serve an internship at a local pharmacy.

Pharmacy Technician Students Learn:

  • Basic safety and standards.
  • Communication and customer service.
  • Introductions to pharmacology (including drug classifications, pharmaceutical calculations and measurements).
  • Pharmacy laws, regulatory agencies and ethics.
  • Body Systems and Introductions to Pharmacokinetics.
  • Sterile and Non-sterile compounding.
  • Processing and handling of medications and medication orders.
  • Procurement, billing, reimbursement, and inventory management.

Professional Certification opportunities

Designations offered to students completing the Pharmacy Technician program include:

  • Preparatory training to obtain a California Pharmacy Technician state license.

Enrollment Pre-Requisites

Pharmacy Technician students should be proficient in reading and writing comprehension skills. Math skills must include ability to multiply and divide fractions and basic mathematical conversions.

In order to be considered for a second semester internship, students must be at least 18 years of age at time of internship, have a social security number, obtain fingerprint clearance through the Department of Justice, and pass a drug test.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 general elective units each semester toward their high school graduation. College prep course. Meets area “G” approval for UC admission.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Pharmacy Technician students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Pharmacy Clerk
  • Pharmacy Technician / Lead Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Corporate Insurance Auditor
  • Inventory Specialist
  • Pharmacist



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