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The North Orange County Community College District School of Continuing Education's (SCE) pharmacy technician certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions as pharmacy technicians in a community or institutional pharmacy. The program exceeds the State Board of Pharmacy's registration requirements. Upon successful completion, the student is eligible to apply for registration as a pharmacy technician with the State of California.

Pharmacy Technician classes are held on a trimester schedule, one night per week for 12 weeks, except for the Summer session when classes meet for 6 weeks. The Pharmacy Technician program is a non-credit program that is based on instructional hours rather than on college units. A student may complete the entire program in 15-18 months.

A Pharmacy Technician Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements.

Required Courses

 MEDO220 - Out-Patient Lab for the Pharmacy Technician (1 class time available.)

TimeDay(s) of WeekCampusRoomClass Begins
6:00 pm - 10:00 pmTThAnaheim4082019-07-09

 MEDO221 - In-Patient Lab for the Pharmacy Technician (1 class time available.)

TimeDay(s) of WeekCampusRoomClass Begins
6:00 pm - 10:00 pmMWAnaheim4082019-07-08

 MEOC104 - Medical Terminology (2 class times available.)

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9:00 am - 1:00 pmTThAnaheim6112019-07-09
6:00 pm - 10:00 pmMWAnaheim6112019-07-08

Is a career working as a Pharmacy Technician right for you?
  • Many technicians work evenings, weekends, and some holidays - would you mind this?
  • Two-thirds of jobs are in retail pharmacies.
  • Do you enjoy precise and detailed work?
  • Do you have good reasoning abilities and enough math abilities to perform pharmaceutical calculations?
  • You must type well, be familiar with data entry, have above average manual dexterity, good eyesight, and normal color vision.
  • Do you have good interpersonal and communication skills?
  • Are you able to work under pressure, deal with patients, nurses, and physicians?
  • You can not have a prior drug or substance abuse problem.
  • An applicant for registration as a pharmacy technician must have a high school diploma or GED; must also be fingerprinted and have a social security number.
  • To become a Certified Pharmacy Technician, one must pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. This exam is voluntary.
Employment Outlook in California

For current occupation outlook information, visit the following links:
EDD - Labor Market Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook

Externship Rotations (320 Hours)
  • Out-patient Externship (120 hours)
  • In-patient Externship (200 hours)
Additional Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Keyboarding Competency

Admissions and Registration: (714) 808-4999