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Because of the changes affecting the allied health industry, the role of the pharmacy technician and professionals working within the pharmacy environment, has continued to grow and change. Today, pharmacy technicians work in any number of pharmacy environments, such as retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, home health care, long term care, and managed care. The purpose of this program is to provide the student with the theory and hands-on experience necessary for an entry-level position as a pharmacy technician capable of working in any pharmacy environment or related allied health industry.

Why Choose Pharmacy Technician at AUHS?

The Pharmacy Technician program at AUHS offers a unique bland of education involving realistic training for various practice settings, focus in communication skills and professional conduct, and critical thinking skills.

Other unique features of AUHS Pharmacy Technician program include:

  • 7 month program
  • Both inpatient and outpatient settings for externships
  • Varying practice settings to broaden options for our graduates
  • Excellent career services


At the completion of this training program, the student shall be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of different pharmacy practice settings.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a technician in relationship to pharmacists and of standards and ethics, laws and regulations governing pharmacy practice.
  3. Knowledge and ability to apply, to identify and employ pharmaceutical and medical terms, abbreviations and symbols commonly used in prescribing, dispensing and charting medications.
  4. Knowledge and ability to apply identification, general chemical and physical properties of drugs handled in a pharmacy.
  5. Knowledge and ability to carry out calculations required for common dosage determination and preparation of solutions employing both the metric and apothecary systems.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of drug dosages, a route of administration, and dosage forms.
  7. Knowledge of and ability to perform manipulative and record keeping functions involved in and related to dispensing prescriptions for ambulatory patients.
  8. Knowledge of and ability to perform procedures and techniques related to aseptic compounding and admixture of parenteral product.
  9. Knowledge of and ability to perform the procedures and operations relating to aseptic compounding of cytotoxic agents, including knowledge of applicable state or federal regulations.
  10. Knowledge of and ability to perform the technician functions in an institution drug distribution system.
  11. Knowledge of and ability to perform basic PC computer functions and Microsoft Office package.

Occupational options for Pharmacy Technician

  1. Pharmacy Technician
  2. Pharmacy Managed Care (Prior Authorization)
  3. Pharmacy Buyer
  4. Pharmacy Assistant

Program Outline

Course Number Course Name Quarter Credit Units
PT 1 General Pharmacy Principles & Standards 4
PT 2 Pharmacology 4
PT 3 Pharmaceutical Calculations 4
PT 4 Retail Pharmacy Procedures & Operations 4
PT 5 Pharmacy Law 4
PT 6 Internal Medicine 4
PT 7 Sterile Preparation 4
PT 8 Hospital Pharmacy Procedures & Operations 4
PT 9 Insurance and Inventory 4
PT 10 Internships 12



Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 48 Quarter Credit Units
  • Complete Externship Requirements
  • Student must obtain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at completion of the program

AUHS Graduates are employed at these and other facilities:

  • Harbor UCLA Medical Center
  • UCLA Medical Center
  • USC County
  • Long Beach Memorial Hospital
  • VA Medical Center
  • Fountain Valley Hospital
  • Hoag Hospital
  • Walgreens
  • Torrance Memorial Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
  • Sav-ons Drugs
  • Martin Luther King Hospital
  • Little Company of Mary
  • WellPoint Pharmacy
  • Prescription Solutions
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Centinela Hospital