Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician certification course with 80-hour clinical externship is offered as an in-person/online hybrid course in Downtown San Francisco/online or as a self-paced online course. Prepare to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting.

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In-Person/Online Hybrid Course

Take the course in Downtown San Francisco and online

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Self-Paced Online Course

Take the course online, on your schedule

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About the Pharmacy Tech Program

Prepare for PTCB Certification

Our comprehensive online or in-person course will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam.

The Pharmacy Technician Profession

Pharmacy Technicians work under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors' orders.

Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with drugs to be administered orally, topically, for the eye, nose etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use.

Other duties include:

  • checking inventories and ordering supplies
  • receiving and checking in supplies
  • assisting customers
  • keeping pharmacy work areas clean
  • completing insurance forms
  • preparing "bingo cards" for nursing home patients


Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population. Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 4% by 2029.

Cost and Length

In-Person/Hybrid Pharmacy Technician Course
Cost: $1,399
Length: 2 - 3 Months
When to Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

Self-Paced Online Pharmacy Technician Course
Cost: $1,399
Length: Up to 9 months (6 months access with possible 3-month extension)
When to Start: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer



As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, CalJOBS provides connections to customer-focused employment training for adults and dislocated workers. SF State is an approved provider for WIOA funds. SF State is listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) on the CalJOBS website.

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