Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    12 weeks
  • Learning Environment

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technician program equips students with the necessary skills to pursue a professional career in various healthcare settings, such as retail pharmacies, hospitals, home healthcare, and more. Upon completing a 225-hour clinical rotation externship, students can choose to take either the Certified Pharmacy Technician exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT) National Health Career Association Certification.

Degrees & Certificates

$320/Credit: 59.75 credits
tech: 60, books: 1036.91, Uniforms $52
Tuition: $19,120


Upon completing a Pharmacy Technician program, graduates can anticipate a wide range of future career opportunities in the pharmaceutical field. The program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively as pharmacy technicians.

Graduates can seek employment in various settings, including retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, mail-order pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies. As pharmacy technicians, they play a crucial role in assisting pharmacists in dispensing medications and providing pharmaceutical services.

In retail pharmacies, graduates can work directly with customers, helping them with prescription orders, managing inventory, and providing information about medications. They may also be involved in processing insurance claims and ensuring accurate medication labeling.

Hospital pharmacy technicians contribute to the healthcare team by preparing and dispensing medications to patients within the hospital setting. They may also be responsible for managing medication stock, compounding sterile preparations, and collaborating closely with pharmacists and healthcare professionals.

Pharmacy technicians in long-term care facilities provide support in managing medication regimens for residents. They assist in medication packaging, labeling, and maintaining accurate medication records. They may also coordinate medication deliveries and work closely with nursing staff to ensure proper medication administration.

Additionally, graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program can explore opportunities in specialized areas such as compounding pharmacies, where they prepare customized medications. They may also choose to pursue further education and training to become certified pharmacy technicians, which can open up additional career pathways and advancement opportunities.

The field of pharmacy continues to evolve and expand, offering a promising job market for pharmacy technicians. With their comprehensive training, attention to detail, and strong communication skills, graduates are well-prepared to contribute to the safe and effective delivery of pharmaceutical care.

Learn more about Hawaiʻi Medical College’s Pharmacy Technician program