Pharmacy Technician Schools in Davie, FL

Pharmacy technicians - or pharmacy techs as they are more commonly known - are a very important part of any pharmacy team, whether that pharmacy is a retail one or located in a hospital, urgent care or long term health facility.

In Davie, as is the case across the State of Florida - and the country as a whole - the demand for pharmacy technicians is increasing, as is interest in joining a profession is that well-paid, has great growth potential and offers away to work in the medical field without spending many years in school.

The state of Florida does not, as some states do, require pharmacy techs to be certified. They do need to register with the State Board of Health but they can legally work without having passed either the PTCE or ExCPT pharmacy technician certification exam.

The fact is, however, that most employers do prefer to hire certified pharmacy techs and certification does usually translate into higher earnings and increased job opportunities. Therefore, for those looking to enter the challenging, but exciting, field taking part in a pharmacy technician program to get the skills they need to pass their certification exam is a wise investment.

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Davie vs Florida Pharmacy Technicians Employment

Of the 30,080 registered pharmacy technicians working in Florida in 2019 8,000 lived in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach of which Davie is, of course, a part.

Salary for Pharmacy Technicians in Davie

Pharmacy techs are reasonably compensated in the Davie metro area. 

The average mean hourly range reported is $15.91. The lowest wages, usually those paid to new techs just starting out, are reported at $11.10 in the 10th percentile but that rises as high as $21.10 in the 90th.

Pharmacy Technician Schools in Davie, Florida

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Many of Davie's pharmacy technicians are graduates of the 7 accredited pharmacy technician schools in the city.

For residents of the area interested in becoming a pharmacy tech there are a wide range of educational paths to choose from to get there. In the area there are eight educational facilities that offer some form of pharmacy tech training.

As each of these programs has something different to offer here is a brief look at them all to help you make a more informed decision between them.

1. McFatter Technical College [Davie Campus]

6500 Nova Drive, Davie, FL 33317 | Tel: 754.321.5700

Located right in Davie itself, William T McFatter Technical College is part of an institution that also includes a high school. As a technical college it specializes in offering vocational courses that will help students of all ages gain the skills they need to enter a hands on career field. The campus is located right in Davie and is very easily accessible.

McFatter Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program

The Pharmacy Technician program at McFatter Tech College is an 11 month 1,050 hour offering that is open to students over the age of 17 who have a high school diploma or GED. It is a hybrid program, meaning that some coursework is completed online on a student's own schedule with the practical portions of the course being completed on campus in the school's lab facilities.

Estimated program cost

The cost of the course is charged on a per credit basis. The cost of each credit varies according to a student's personal status, and there are numerous fees associated with the program, as well as the cost of books and supplies. On average however, according to the school, an adult Florida State resident can expect to pay $4,094, inclusive of all of this.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify, including federal and state grants that do not need to be paid back

Admissions requirements

In addition to the requirements we just mention students entering the Pharmacy Technician program must pass a school administered TABE test, as well as a drug screen and a criminal background check. They must also meet minimum vaccination requirements.

Course content

The just over 1,000 hours it takes to complete this program is divided between self-paced online study and lab based practical education. Students get all the tools and knowledge needed to pass their certification test as well as additional instruction in soft skills like customer service and patient advocacy.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. It is also considered an approved course by the PTCB.

2. Concorde Career Institute [Miramar Campus]

10933 Marks Way Miramar, FL 33025 | Tel: 1-800-693-7010

Concorde Career Institute is a nationwide technical college that maintains campuses across the country, including several in Florida.

Their Miramar campus is located between Pembroke Pines and Miami Gardens and is conveniently located to highways and public transportation and just 13.1 miles from Davie.

It primarily serves adults who are looking to make a career change and offers a number of vocational and technical programs, including their Pharmacy Technician Certificate.

Concorde Career Institute Pharmacy Technician Certificate

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program offered by Concorde is billed as a 'fast track' offering that can be completed in as little as six months of full-time study. Both day and night classes are offered for the campus based portion of the program and online modules, which also play a large part, can be completed at home at a student's own pace.

Estimated program costs

While final costs will vary, according to a student's personal situation, the school does provide a financial estimate calculator on its website as well as access to financial counselors. Aid is available to those who qualify, including federal and state grants that do not need to be paid back after graduation.

Admissions requirements

To be admitted to this program students must be over the age of 18 and have a high school diploma or GED. They must also be able to prove their legal status and pass drug and criminal background checks. Prior to graduation they will also need to complete a basic CPR class and meet minimum vaccination requirements.

Course content 

The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to pass their PTCE or ExCPT certification exam. In addition to lab based classes and the online portions of study, students may be able to secure externships that will allow them to experience life as a pharmacy technician in a real world environment.

Accreditation

The Concorde Institute Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education.

3. Atlantic Technical College [Coconut Creek Campus]

4700 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33063 | Tel: 754-321-5100

Founded in 1973 Atlantic Technical College is a part of the Broward County school system and offers hands on, technical education to area residents at an affordable price. The school has grown from a single small site to a four campus affair and is situated 8.9 miles from Davie.

Atlantic Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is offered at the school's Coconut Creek campus. Students can choose to complete the 1,050 hour program in one of two ways: via 100% campus based tuition or a hybrid model that allows for some coursework to be completed online at the student's convenience. Whichever option a student is admitted for - they must prove their computer literacy to be considered for the hybrid program - at least 50% of the course is completed on campus.

Estimated program costs

The cost of the program for Florida State residents in 2019 was $3,487, a figure that includes all books, supplies and testing fees with the exception of the cost of sitting the certification exam and registering with the state, which adds approximately $300 to the final cost.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify in the form of Federal and state grants as well as subsidized and unsubsidized Federal student loans.

Admissions requirements

To be considered for acceptance into the Atlantic Technical College Pharmacy Technician Certificate program students need to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Students must attend an orientation that includes agreeing to and passing a drug screen and criminal background check.

Those who wish to take their course as a hybrid program must also pass a computer literacy test and demonstrate they will have adequate access to an Internet enabled computer to complete the program in the allotted time.

Course content

The Atlantic Technical College Pharmacy Technician Certificate program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to pass their certification test after graduation and begin work as an entry level pharmacy tech. It includes an extensive practical portion, which is conducted in the school's on campus labs, along with additional training in customer service, patient advocacy and labor rights.

Accreditation

The program is a PTCB Recognized Education/Training Program and is also approved by the Florida State Board of Health.

5780 NW 158th Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014 | Tel: (305) 557-1100

This school which is located 17.1 miles from Davie specializes in offering technical and vocational education to working adults. Courses are offered on a trimester basis, with classes beginning in The Spring, Summer and Fall. It is a part-time program that takes most students 18-24 months to complete. All classes are taught on campus and are offered as evening sessions from 4pm-9pm.

Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College Pharmacy Tech Program

Estimated program costs

The approximate cost of the program for state residents in 2019 was $3,395.00. This figure includes all books, supplies and testing fees charged by the school. It does not include the cost of taking either the PTCE or ExCPT certification exam or of Florida State professional registration. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, including Federal and State grants that do not need to be paid back on graduation.

Admissions requirements

To be admitted to the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program students must be at least 16 years old and not currently enrolled in high school. A high school diploma or GED is not required but students will be required to pass a school set basic skills test. Students must also agree, on enrollment, to take and pass a drug test and background check and to ensure they meet basic vaccination requirements.

Course content

Over the course of 1,050 classroom hours students are taught all they need to know to pass the certification test of their choice and work as an entry level pharmacy tech in a retail, hospital or healthcare facility pharmacy.

Accreditation

This Florida Board of Pharmacy approved pharmacy technician program is PTCB recognized and the school itself is accredited by The Council on Occupational Education.

7100 NW 17th Ave, Miami, FL 33147 | Tel: (305) 693-2490

D. A. Dorsey Technical College forms a part of the Miami Dade Technical Colleges group and has been providing affordable technical education for adults for over 40 years. It is a school that serves a varied student population that includes both young recent high school graduates and working adults looking to make a career change. It's 20.2 miles outside of Davie.

D. A. Dorsey Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program

The Pharmacy Technician program offered at D A Dorsey Technical College is a certificate program that can be completed in approximately 10 months on a full time basis. The program is offered as classroom based instruction with some of the practical portions being completed as an external work placement with a local employer.

Estimated program costs

In 2019 the approximate cost of the program for an adult Florida resident was $3,731.00. This does not include a $606 charge all health science students must pay, that does include the cost of taking the PTCE certification exam and Florida State professional registration. Financial aid is available to those who qualify and students are encouraged to apply for both Federal and state grants to help offset the cost of their studies that do not need to be repaid.

Admissions requirements

To be admitted to the program students must be at least 16 years old and not currently enrolled in high school. They must be able to pass a series of school set basic skills tests and demonstrate reasonable fluency in written and spoken English. They must also be willing to take and pass a drug screen and background test.

Course content

The course is classroom based and offered on a full time weekday basis. It covers all the technical and practical knowledge needed to pass the PTCE exam and includes 20-30 hours of real life, hands on experience with local retail pharmacies and hospital based pharmacies.

Accreditation

The program is a PTCB and Florida Board of Pharmacy Approved Program.

1830 NW 7th St, Miami, FL 33125 | Tel: (786) 401-7114

The Global Medical & Technical Training Institute is a private educational institution that offers vocational and technical education programs geared towards working adults in a number of different fields. The training facility is situated 24.2 miles outside of Davie.

Global Medical & Technical Training Institute Pharmacy Technician Diploma

The Pharmacy Technician program is a diploma program that takes approximately 51 weeks to complete on a full time basis with a total Clocked hours of 1020. It is offered as a campus based learning experience but evening classes are available to better accommodate student schedules.

Estimated program costs

In 2019 the total approximate cost of the program for Florida State residents was $7,790.00, which includes the cost of books and supplies but not the cost of drug screens, background testing or the cost to take either the PTCE or ExPCT certification exam or professional registration with the State of Florida. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, both in the form of unsecured and secured student loans and grants from the Federal and state governments that do not need to be paid back.

Admissions requirements

To be admitted to this Pharmacy Technician program students must be 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED, have a valid social security number and agree to take and pass drug and background checks. They must also be able to pass a basic skills test set by the school that covers Math, English and computer literacy.

Course content

The course is a classroom based offering that also includes a practical work experience element that sees students placed with a local employer to gain real world, hands on experience.

Classes include: Structure & Functions of the Body I, Pharmacy Law & Ethics, Pharmacy Techniques, Principles of Pharmacy Practice, Pharmaceutical Compounding, Non-Sterile Products, Pharmacy Billing & Inventory Management, Pharmacology I - IV, Basic Pharmaceutical Calculations, Basic Pharmaceutical Calculations and Clinical Externship.

By graduation students should have all the knowledge needed to take and pass the PTCB or ExCPT certification test and begin working as an entry level pharmacy tech. 

Accreditation

The course is a PTCB approved one and is also recognized as acceptable by the Florida Board of Health.

7. Miami Dade College [Medical Campus]

950 NW 20th St, Miami, FL 33127 | Tel: 305-237-4000

Miami Dade College (MDC) is one of the largest public colleges in the area and offers a wide range of vocational and degree programs. It accommodates students from all walks of life from new high school graduates to working adults. The Medical campus which is where the pharmacy technician is being offered is located 24 miles outside of Davie.

MDC Pharmacy Technician Program

The Pharmacy Technician Career Technical Certificate is offered from the school's Medical Services Education Department. It is a two-three semester course of study requiring 35 vocational credits (1050 contact hours) to be completed before graduation. While some study can be completed online there is an extensive campus classroom based portion of instruction that is offered during weekday, daytime hours.

This program is highly demanding, and students are therefore more successful if they do not work while in the program. If students must work for financial support, the program strongly recommends a limit of 20 hours of employment per week.

This is an evening program with theory courses beginning at 5:00 p.m. However, the clinical portion of the program is during regular daytime hours (usually Monday through Friday between 8am-5pm).

Estimated program costs

The approximate cost of the course to adult Florida residents in 2019 was $3,187.80. This figure included the cost of books and supplies but not the cost of taking the certification exam of the student’s choice - the PTCE or the ExCPT - or of Florida professional registration, which adds approximately $300 to the final total.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify, and most students are able to obtain Federal Pell and state grants to help cover the cost of their tuition that do not need to be paid back.

Admissions requirements

To enrol in this program, which is traditionally a very competitive one, students must be over the age of 18 and have a high school diploma or GED. They will also be required to meet a basic standard on a school set Test of Adult Basic Education (T.A.B.E) and to pass a drug screen and a criminal background check.

Course content

The course is primarily conducted in the classroom and gives students the skills and knowledge needed to pass their certification exams. According to the school the program's graduate pass rate for the PTCE is almost 100% and 80% of students find employment in their field immediately after certification.

Areas of study include: 

  • Intro to Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Calculations
  • Drug Classifications
  • Practitioner Applications

Accreditation

The Pharmacy Technician Career Technical Certificate offered at Miami Dade College is a PTCB approved educational offering and it is also approved by the Florida Board of Health.

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