California Pharmacy Technician Schools, Salary & Certification

California pharmacy technician schools

A pharmacy technician training program will equip with the knowledge and training you need to begin your pharmacy career and the self-confidence you need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s National Certification Exam. A high school diploma or equivalent is required to enroll in any of the following available training programs:

  • Two year associate degree in health, pharmacy technology , biological or natural sciences;
  • Graduation from a school of pharmacy accredited by ACPE;
  • Pharmacy Technician training program accredited by the (ASHP) American Society of Health-System Pharmacists;

California Pharmacy Technician Schools

Listed below are schools (on-campus, online and correspondence) that offer Pharmacy Technician programs in the state of California. As a general rule, you should request information from more than one school during the course of your research as there are important differences between the training programs offered in each school i.e: cost, admissions requirements, courses and curriculums as well as starting dates.

American Career College

American Career College (ACC) offers hands-on training that will prepare students for careers in the healthcare industry at three campuses in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County, California. ACC“s programs combine classroom lectures and hands-on training to prepare students for a Diploma or Associate of Occupational Science degree. All ACC programs include access to trained faculty, a full student services department committed to helping students succeed, and career guidance and services after graduation. ACC is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools; some programs also hold programmatic accreditation or approvals.

Programs vary by campus. Program lengths vary by session and schedule. Financial aid available to those who qualify. ACC cannot guarantee employment. American Career College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

UEI College

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter our school, to graduation and beyond, we are right by your side. Our mission is to prepare students for employment by providing industry-relevant education and training within a positive, supportive and caring environment.

Whether it’s a career in the healthcare field, computers or business, UEI College is here to help. Our quality hands-on training will prepare you for real world situations.

Every member of our faculty and staff works hard to pass on their real-world knowledge and provide tools their students can use to excel in their chosen field and carry that knowledge on well past their time at UEI College. Many of our programs can be completed in as little as 8 – 9 months.*

Need help finding a job? Our career services department will assist you with your search, your resume and your interview skills. Need help paying for school? Our student financial services department will determine if you qualify for financial aid or even scholarships!

If you don’t have your High School Diploma, ask us about your options! As a student in one of our eligible career pathway programs, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your High School Diploma while you complete your career training! Best of all, the opportunity to complete high school is available to you at no additional cost!**

Our schools are accredited and ready to get you started on your path to success.

At UEI College, “We put U First.” ™

**Not all programs are eligible.

Not all programs available at all locations.

*Timing varies by program. UEI – Huntington Park, Anaheim, Chula Vista, El Monte, Encino, Ontario, San Marcos, Stockton, and Morrow are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACC

Charter College

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, law, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.

Milan Institute

We believe that each student at Milan Institute holds the key to his or her own success. Our staff and instructors strive to help each student develop the professionalism that will open a world of creativity and knowledge. Milan Institute offers a college atmosphere conducive to learning and individual growth. Excellent training and job placement assistance enable our students to become enterprising professionals.

Career Step

Career Step, a leading online school, focuses on helping students quickly gain the career skills they need to succeed in rapidly growing industries. With 20 years of experience, the school has trained over 70,000 students in the United States and internationally and offers programs in the allied health, administrative services, and technology industries. Career Step’s training programs are offered entirely online, and the school is committed to helping each enrolling student graduate and successfully transition to a rewarding career.

Career Step training offers you the following benefits:

  • Affordably priced programs that prepare you to earn a good living
  • Flexible online training that lets you learn on your schedule
  • One-on-one instructor access throughout the course
  • Graduate resources to help you turn your education into a job

Career Networks Institute
702 W. Town Country Rd., Suite 720
Orange, California 92868
Phone: 714 437-9697

Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center
5451 Lemon Hill Avenue
Sacramento, California 95824-1529
Phone: 916 433-2600

Modesto Junior College
435 College Avenue #204
Modesto, California 95350
Phone: 209 572-7215

How much does a pharmacy technician make in California?

Pharmacy Technicians who completed a formal training program and have acquired certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) claim the highest salaries. Pharmacy technician wages tend to be higher on the East and West Coasts. So California is a great place to start a career as a pharmacy tech. Employers generally also offer medical and dental insurance, retirement savings plans, paid sick, personal and vacation days as part of the overall salary pack.

The average pharmacy technician hourly salary in California for 2014 is *$19.09 or $39,710 per year. Hospital Pharmacy Technicians earn between $38,000-$43,000 and those in federal executive branch of the government settings earn upwards of $48,000 depending on the number of years of experience and qualifications held.

Job Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for pharmacy technicians will grow faster than the average for all other healthcare careers. California is a great hub for employment for pharmacy technicians due to a growing older population. In areas with an older population generally there is a need for more medical services.

California Pharmacy Technician Certification Requirements

The State of California requires certification for pharmacy technicians that wish to work in this capacity. A national pharmacy technician certification exam is available through the pharmacy technician certification board (PTCB). It offers the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). The examination is divided into three areas of competence:

  • Assisting the pharmacist
  • Maintenance of medication/inventory control systems
  • Helping with the admin. and overall management of the pharmacy.

Once you pass the examination which focuses on drug names and classifications, federal pharmacy law, maths and pharmacy operations, you may use the initials “CPhT” after your name.

Renewal of your California Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT) requires continuing education. In order to have your certification renewed, a pharmacy technician must complete 20 hours of continuing education credits every 2 years accompanied by a renewal application ($100) to the pharmacy board annually.

The other nationally accredited pharmacy technician certification exam is ExCPT. The exam consists of a 110 multiple-choice questions, certifies each applicant who passes for 2 years after which re certification is required.

Is a pharmacy technician license required in California?

Pharmacy technicians need to register with the California Board of Pharmacy. Being registered allows you to practice as a pharmacy technician in CA. To be able to register with the CA Board of Pharmacy you need to have completed either:

  • Associate degree in Pharmacy Technology or a training course accredited by ASHP or graduation from a school of pharmacy accredited by ACPE
  • If certified with PTCB, a copy of your PTCB certificate
  • If qualifying by training assigned by a branch of the federal armed services a copy of your DD214.

For further information on the registration procedure contact:
California State Board of Pharmacy,
Phone: 916-574-7912
Web: pharmacy.ca.gov