Program Details

Pharmacy Technician

Who Can Enroll?
Students should have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in the Pharmacy Technician Program, as these are required to sit for the PTCB exam. Otherwise, it is sufficient for students to have taken high school math and science.

Course Descriptions

In detail, the course will cover these areas:

  • Role of the pharmacy technician
  • Pharmacy history; discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
  • The “Evolution of Pharmacy”
  • Review of the hospital pharmacy setting, as well as review of settings such as retail, mail order, and home care pharmacy practice; long-term care practice; and the role of government regulatory agencies in pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacy measures; and understanding Roman numerals and abbreviations
  • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, and patient profiles
  • Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, and third-party reimbursements
  • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop order, calculating number of doses required for patient care
  • Major classes of drugs; brand names vs. generic drugs
  • Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products, including antineoplastic agent considerations
  • Basics of I.V. solutions; calculating 24 -hour supply of I.V. solutions; percentages and electrolytes preparations
  • The metric system
  • Apothecaries ’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
  • Children’s doses
  • Allegation method; math review
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN); demonstration of TPN admixture; and hands-on practice of I.V. admixture and parenteral medication preparation.

Class Schedule

Courses will meet two evenings per week from 6:00 p.m. to 9 :30 p.m., exact days to be determined each quarter according to a Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday schedule. A total of 50 classroom hours constitutes one complete session of the course. Classes will meet in university classrooms on the campus of Cal State LA


The instructor is an experienced pharmacist who is familiar with the requirements of the PTCB certification exam.