Pharmacy Technology Program

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SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program prepares you to work under the direct supervision of a Registered Pharmacist as part of a team responsible for carrying out doctors’ pharmaceutical orders. Pharmacy Technicians assist in the various activities of compounding, distributing and dispensing of medications.
Learn to work in a pharmacy at SJVC.

Students Will Learn
Throughout SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program, students will learn:

  • • Pharmacy law and ethics
  • • Pharmacology
  • • Computer data entry
  • • Pharmacy science & clinical applications
  • • Prescription processing

Program Outcomes
Graduates can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 7 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months.

Students who graduate with an A.S. Degree are qualified to register with the State Board of Pharmacy to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician, and are eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). Graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification.

A well-trained pharmacy technician can expect to work in a highly respected, professional environment such as franchise pharmacies, hospitals and home health care agencies.

On the job, pharmacy technicians can expect to:

  • • Process prescriptions
  • • Prepare I.V.s
  • • Compound creams, ointments and medication
  • • Operate pharmacy software
  • • Maintain inventory control

SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program is available at 8 of our California campuses:

(* denotes that only the Pharmacy Technology associate degree program is available.  Campuses not marked with an asterisk offer both the certificate and associate degree program.)

Accreditation & Approvals
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

If a certificate or degree in Pharmacy Technology sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, please complete SJVC’s Request Information form. An Admissions Advisor will contact you soon to discuss how you can reach your career goals with SJVC.
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