Pharmacy Technician

Certificate Program

This program is offered in online and hybrid formats.*

This comprehensive 50-hour program, offered by California State University, Long Beach, will prepare you to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting; and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. You will learn dosage calculations, drug classifications, top 200 drugs, IV flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certified Board (PTCB) exam at a Pearson VUE Testing Center. They would also be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT) national examination or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

*Please Note: The hybrid format combines online course material with live Zoom lectures featuring an instructor in real time; and five in-person, hands-on lab classes held on campus. To view all currently available format options, click the Other Start Dates button.
  • Self-motivated and disciplined students
  • Individuals interested in working in the healthcare system
  • Medical assistants
  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
  • Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
  • Reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names
  • Dosage calculations
  • IV flow rates
  • Drug compounding
  • Dose conversions
  • Dispensing of prescriptions
  • Inventory control
  • Billing and reimbursement
  • Complete all online courses and assignments.

"The program was very helpful in improving my math skills, and I enjoyed the hands-on practice that we did, drawing medication into a syringe. The instructor was kind and understanding when we had trouble grasping the concepts of some of the math, so we were able to practice in-class often as well. I miss the program already because I had a lot of fun learning!"

Jennifer Vong Pharmacy Technician

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