California Pharmacy Technician Schools, Salary & Certification

Beginning an exciting and challenging career does not necessarily require several years in school. There are many California pharmacy technician schools that make it easy for students to get qualified for their dream job in a short amount of time. Most of them have programs that make it easy to stay in school and work towards a great career while maintaining another job.

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the only requirement to enroll in a training program and join the 34,870 employed pharmacy technicians in California.

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Pharmacy Technician Schools in California 

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 curriculum as well as starting dates.


Asher College
Location:  1215 Howe Ave Suite 101 Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 900-2850


American College of Healthcare and Technology
Location:  11801 Pierce St., Ste. 100 Riverside, CA 92505
Phone: (951) 729-5320


California State University at Bakersfield
Location:  9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, California 93311-1022
Phone: (661) 654-2441


Cal Regional Technical Training Center
Location: 3520 Brookside Road Stockton, CA 95219
Phone: (800) 927-5159


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


Carrington College
Location: 1313 West Robinhood Drive, Suite B, Stockton CA 95207
Phone: (209) 676-3341


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


Chaffey College
Location:  5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737-3002
Phone: (909) 652-6000


Cosumnes River College
Location: 8401 Center Parkway Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (916) 691-7344


High Desert Medical College
Location: 8401 Center Parkway Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (888) 633 - 4362


Institute of Technology
Location: 2000 24th St Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: (209) 545-3100

InterCoast Colleges
Location: 9738 Lincoln Village Dr #120, Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: (916) 714-5400


Kern High School District Regional Occupation Center
Location: 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: (661) 827-3100


North-West College
Location: 4550 La Sierra Avenue Riverside, CA 92505
Phone: 951-324-4157


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


San Bernardino Valley College
Location: 701 South Mount Vernon Avenue San Bernardino, CA 92410
Phone: (909) 384-4400


San Joaquin Valley College
Location: Northern California (Modesto) | Central California (Bakersfield, Fresno, Santa Maria, Visalia | Southern California (Victoria Valley, Antelope Valley, Ontario, Rancho Mirage, Temecula)
Phone: (866) 544-7898


San Joaquin Delta College
Location: 5151 Pacific Ave Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: 209.954.5151


UEI College
Location: 1860 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: (951) 394-0550


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How much does a pharmacy tech make an hour 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 salary in California* is:

  • Average wages $43,280 or $20.81 per hour
  • 10% of pharmacy techs earn $29,970 or less or $14.41 or less per hour 
  • 10% of pharmacy techs earn $65,150 or more or $31.32 or more per hour.

Here are full details on how pharmacy technician salaries compare throughout the state of California. 

Location

Annual Median Wages (50%)

United States

$33,950

California

$43,280

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

$38,910

$44,090

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

$47,900

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

$42,660

Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade, CA

$43,600

$38,130

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

$41,120

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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 always a need for more medical services.

Certification Requirements

The State of California does not require certification. A national pharmacy technician certification exam is the PTCE exam from PTCB. 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.

There are approx. 21,810 actively PTCB certified pharmacy technicians residing in California. 

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.

On a final note, completing a program at one of the many California pharmacy technician schools is easy because the programs are so flexible to accommodate the lifestyle of any student. Students can choose between associates degrees or degree programs and choose to take classes online if it is more convenient for them. These are just a few of the many choices in California for an excellent pharmacy technician program.

Cities in California

Salary figures courtesy of US Department of Labor.

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