link Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technican student in blue scrubs and glasses leans over a lab counter to do work with a beaker. She wears gloves, has dark hair pulled back off her face and glasses with dark frames.Pharmacy Technician Program

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Mission College Pharmacy Technician does not offer an AS/AA degree. The program offers a certificate of completion.

What's New

  • Day Session Starts August 29, 2022
  • Become an essential worker.
  • Get your foot in the door to the growing healthcare field.
  • Low instructor to student ratio.
  • Tour Our Pharmacy Lab.

Financing and Payment Plans

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Financing is available for qualified applicants through Excite Credit Union. Rates are low, over a period of time to make your education goals affordable.

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Schedule and Appointment
  • Talk to Jessica or Noori about an exciting career by request a follow-up meeting for interview and assessment.
  • A career as a pharm tech leads to working in not only places like Walgreens and CVS, but also pharmacies at hospitals, compounding, long-term care facilities, and nursing homes.
  • Day and evening classes available for our accelerated programs.
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Start Your Career!
  • Classes begin again August 29, 2022

Accelerated Pharm Tech

Mission College is proud to offer an accelerated evening or day pharmacy technician program which is  PTCB approved and designed for those who wish to qualify for the California State Board of Pharmacy Technician Licensing.

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  • This 30-week intensive program takes a very practical approach to pharmacy training, and is designed to prepare graduates for work in one of many pharmacy settings in short period of time.
  • The program is excellent for recent high school graduates, college students, ex-healthcare workers, those looking for a career change, and any one who wants entry into the pharmacy or health fields.
  • The curriculum is written by pharmacists, and classes are taught by both pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians practicing in all areas of pharmacy.
  • Students will receive 400 contact hours that include class and lab instruction, tutoring and workshop sessions, externship experiential training in a pharmacy.
  • Graduates of the training program will receive a Certificate of Completion and eligibility for licensure (registration) by the CA State Board of Pharmacy.
  • We are a PTCB approved program
Evening Classes Start in February. Day Classes Start in August
Career Outlook
Skills Needed
  • Integrity and Ethics
  • Accuracy
  • Mathematics
  • Ability to relate to people (interpersonal skills)
  • Communication skills
  • Management skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Diplomacy
  • Computer Literacy
Select Jobs in the Field
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Retail pharmacy, filling prescriptions and answering questions in a place like CVS
  • Closed-door pharmacy that works with specific groups like hospice facilites, jails or online medication companies
  • Hospital pharmacy providing round-the-clock coverage
  • Pharmacy benefit manager, overseeing the operations

Sample Pharm Tech Courses
Hands-on course work in Inpatient and Hospital Pharmacy Practice
The role of a pharmacy technician is to assist the pharmacist in activities related to drug dispensing. Pharmacy technicians must understand how pharmacy operations in hospital and institutional settings function such as their use of aseptic techniques, preparation of parenterals, proper handling of hazardous agents, unit dose repacking, floor stock, and crash carts. Students will understand formulary drugs, common universal precautions to avoid contamination.
Hands-on course work with IV and Compounding Practice

For the purposes of this class, students will learn the actual hands-on tasks directly related to filling and compounding prescription medications. This is a hands on class that will teach you the fundamentals of compounding calculations, packaging & preparation. This is a hand on class and students will enjoy making various creations!

Medical Terminology and Abbreviations
Pharmacy has its own special language, and pharmacy technicians need to be familiar with the abbreviations and symbols used to describe drugs, dosage forms, amounts, administrations, and any other essential information on prescriptions. In this section, students will learn: (1) word structure (2) general terms and concepts of physiology/pharmacology (3) abbreviations and symbols used in prescriptions, medication orders, and other clinical documentation. Students will learn through class discussions, activities, homework, and assigned readings.
Pharmacy Calculations Workshop
Course designed to teach the essential mathematical concepts and skills used on the job by pharmacy technicians. Basic mathematical skills are reinforced by performing drug dose calculations and drug preparations. Students will receive intensive practice in pharmacy math calculations, conversions, measurements, and applications of equations used in calculating dosages, preparing solutions, and determining inventory and profit margins.
Pharmacology Top 200 Drugs; Brand and Generic
This course presents the basic principles of pharmacology. Emphasis is on defining pharmacological classes of drugs, explaining the use of medication, and drug therapy. The student will learn what drugs are used for, cautions to observe in their use, side effects, drug interactions, contra-indications, etc. In addition, students will learn to read drug labels & package inserts, and the trade and generic names of 200 commonly prescribed medications.