Pharmacy Technician Program in Downtown LA

 Pharmacy techician in a pharmacy with medications shelved behind him

Alternative instruction will continue for Fall 2020 semester.  Students should remain in communication with their instructors and follow their instructions. 


Program Description

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Pharmacy Technician Program is a comprehensive 10-week course that will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in retail or other pharmacy settings. This course will examine the knowledge areas critical to the pharmacy technician practice. Pharmacology for technicians, laws and regulations, compounding, medication safety, quality assurance, order entry and fill process, inventory management, billing and reimbursement, information systems usage, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) will be explored.

Taught by experts in the pharmaceutical field, the course curriculum focuses on three core area including: pharmacology, law, and practical wisdom. Students will benefit from engaging lectures and discussions paired with interactive learning activities. 

Program Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Illustrate the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.
  • Identify the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, including pharmacology and therapeutics relating to body systems.
  • Apply pharmacy laws and regulations to given fact patterns.
  • Execute appropriate safety protocols.
  • Calculate and convert quantities and dosages as required for prescription order entry and filling.
  • Use pharmacy information systems for inventory, billing, and reimbursement.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Individuals interested in working in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes
  • Students with a high school diploma or GED equivalent who have taken math and science in high school


Register to view/listen to a prerecorded Pharmacy Technician program webinar here.

Tuition & Fees

Total Program Cost: $1,399

Students are expected to purchase the following textbook for this program:

  • Mosby Pharmacy Technician Exam Review Book (4th edition) by James Mizner (ISBN-13 9780323497244)

Financial Assistance

If you are currently unemployed, you may be able to enroll in this program for free. Please read here for details.

Federal financial aid is not currently available for this program. However, you can apply for a private student loan here.

Program Schedule

View/download the Fall 2020 schedule here.

About the Instructor

Emille Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She also received her certification as a Pharmacy Technician from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). She has been in the pharmacy field since 1998 and worked with sterile and non-sterile compounding in the pharmacy, dispensing and pharmacy billing as a technician supervisor and administrator in a variety of hospital pharmacy settings, including LA Metro Medical Center, Midway Medical Center, East LA Doctors Medical Center, Brotman Medical Center and others. She started her career as an educator with Bryman College in 2004 as a Program Chair for their Pharmacy Technician Department and helped train many students to pass their PTCB exams and become a certified Pharmacy Technician in the healthcare field. She continues to serve and teach in the pharmacy education profession and is currently pursuing her MBA degree in Healthcare Administration at Ashworth College to strengthen her skills as an administrator and educator.


The Fall 2020 program will meet via Zoom on the listed times and dates above. The instructor and participants will actively engage in live discussions and lectures. Login information will be emailed to registered participants a week before the program begins. As a result, it is required that you register by Friday, September 25, 2020 to ensure you receive all crucial information to start the program.

Enroll in the Fall 2020 Pharmacy Technician program here.


This comprehensive 50-hour program teaches the fundamental practices of the pharmacy technician field. It explores the knowledge domains and areas listed in the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) Blueprint published by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Since California law requires a pharmacy technician license to work in a pharmacy, students who complete this program should next take the PTCE to become certified by PTCB, and then apply for the pharmacy technician license from the California State Board of Pharmacy.


For more information about the Pharmacy Technician program, please contact the College of Professional and Global Education via email or (323) 343-4915.