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Prepare for an exciting career in health care with SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology and Pharmacy Technician programs.

At a Glance

  • Earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 9 months

  • Earn an Associate of Science degree in as few as 15 months

  • Conveniently available at 10 locations

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

SJVC’s pharmacy technician programs prepare you to work under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist as part of a team responsible for carrying out doctors’ pharmaceutical orders. 

Students in the Pharmacy Technology/Pharmacy Technician program learn:

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

SJVC’s Pharmacy technician courses in California:

Pharmacy Math and Computations

This course focuses on the fundamentals of arithmetic processes involving fractions, decimals, ratios, and percentages including the metric, household, and apothecary systems. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the math skills in pharmaceutical applications which are required to determine medication dosages and preparations. Students will also learn business practices in a retail pharmacy.


Pharmacy Clinical Applications1

This course covers the theory of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and related pharmacology of the nervous systems, including mental health and nutrition. A comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical dosage forms, pharmacokinetics, terminology, abbreviations and symbols, the difference between trade and generic drugs, and interpretation of prescriptions in relation to this system will be included. Students will utilize the pharmacy lab in the applications of pharmacy science. Interpretations of doctor’s orders along with prescription filling, refilling, and labeling procedures are practiced.

Career Opportunities

Students qualify to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) upon successful completion of practice examinations administered during their course of study and with the approval of the Pharmacy Liaison. Students also earn their HIPAA Certification.

Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure with the California State Board of Pharmacy providing they meet the requirements as specified by the Board. This includes a Department of Justice criminal background check and database query to determine if an act has been committed that constitutes grounds for denial of licensure. This license is required in the State of California for employment as a pharmacy technician.

If certified, the job market for pharmacy technicians is strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), California has the highest employment level for pharmacy technicians in the U.S. and is also one of the top-paying states for pharm techs. Consider these additional figures:

  • California employed 37,630 pharmacy technicians as of May 2018¹
  • California pharmacy technicians annual mean wage in May 2018 was $42,6101

Program Availability

We offer both degree and certificate Pharmacy Technology programs at the following campuses:

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Accreditation and Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College holds dual institutional accreditations.

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501,(510)748-9001 and also 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

State Approvals


SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Check out our guide on Pharmacy Technician Jobs and Programs in California

The Guide to Pharmacy Technology in California

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