Pharmacy Technician

Florida Board of Pharmacy Approved Program | See Rule: 64B16-26.351, F.A.C.

Program Objective:

The objective of the Pharmacy Technician program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the Health Industry. To accomplish this, the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed as Pharmacy Technicians; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

Occupational Outlook

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Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook:

The Pharmacy Technician Program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment as Pharmacy Technicians. Instruction is designed to prepare students to successfully pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experiences through in class practice. Students are eligible to join HOSA.

Program Content:

The content includes but is not limited to metric system, medical terminology, medicinal drugs, pharmaceutical compounding, USP 795 standards, sterile techniques, USP 797 and USP 800 standards, maintenance of inventory, IV preparation, receiving and handling of hazardous materials, preparing purchase orders, receiving and checking supplies purchased, printing labels, typing prescription labels, delivering medications, pricing prescription drug orders and supplies, prepackaging unit dose packages, patient record systems, control records, data processing automation in pharmacy, computer application, employability skills, leadership and human relations skills, health and safety, including CPR.

Length of Program:

The average length of this program is 1050 (approximately 24 months) for adult students attending part time. Actual time is dependent upon enrollment status and the length of time the student requires to achieve competencies. This program contains occupational completion points designed to prepare students for a position.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school
  • Application
  • Interview by a guidance counselor
  • Fees for supplies and textbooks are required.

Entrance Dates:

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school year. Entrance is dependent upon space availability. Call (305) 557-1100 for more information.

Career Opportunities:

Pharmacy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Community Pharmacy Technician

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
  • Satisfy Basic Skills Requirements
    Mathematics 11     Language 10     Reading 10
  • No financial obligations
  • Students must complete the Clearance packet to received program certificate.

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Program Cost:

  • In-state residents—$2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident—$10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee
  • Material fee—Varies by program
  • Identification Card fee—$5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee—Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours:

Monday—Thursday 4:00 pm—9:00 pm

Approximately Total Cost:


Employment Requirements:

  • Requirements vary per state; on-the-job training or postsecondary training in a Pharmacy Technician program are required in Florida.
  • Register to be licensed with the Florida Board of Pharmacy.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to obtain the Pharmacy Technician Certification offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. (PTCE).


The average wage for this career is $16.87 per hour or $35,100 annually.

Job Outlook:

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4% from 2020 to 2030.


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