Unitek pharmacy technician students count and dispense simulated pharmaceuticals under instructor supervision

Pharmacy Technician

Excel in the challenging
field of pharmacy

Pharmacy technicians perform an important role in health care, working under direction of a licensed pharmacist. In California, pharmacy technicians perform tasks related to receiving, dispensing, distribution, maintenance, compounding, manufacturing, packaging and labeling of pharmaceutical products.

Unitek College Pharmacy Technician Program

The Unitek College Pharmacy Technician Program provides a solid foundation for learning the skills and gaining the experience needed to excel as a Pharmacy Technician. The curriculum prepares students to assist a licensed pharmacist in retail and hospital settings, understand abbreviations and symbols used for medications, perform aseptic techniques, prepare parenteral admixtures, and calculate common dosage forms of medications, among other important tasks. The program combines in-class instruction, hands-on lab exercises, and 240 hours of supervised externship. Throughout the program there is a focus on communication, professionalism, problem solving, tech-check-tech activities, and maintaining OSHA and HIPAA guidelines.

Demand for Pharmacy Technicians

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations.1 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services and pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy Technician Duties and Responsibilities Include

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision and direction of a licensed pharmacist. In retail pharmacies, pharmacy technicians stock inventory for prescription and over-the-counter medications, maintain patient medication records, count and pour medication into dispensing containers, type prescription labels, prepare insurance claim forms and manage the cash register.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals perform many of the same duties as their counterparts in retail pharmacies. Hospital pharmacy technicians also assemble 24-hour supplies of medication for patients, repackage medication, prepare commercially unavailable medication, prepare sterile intravenous medication, maintain nursing station medication, collect quality improvement data and deliver medication to nursing units.

Enrollment Process

To enroll in the Unitek College Pharmacy Technician Program, a prospective student must complete the following steps:

  • Career planning session and admissions interview
  • Submit proof of high school education or equivalent
  • Entrance assessment test
  • Admissions application
  • Enrollment agreement
  • Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid

Accreditations and Approvals

The following campuses are programmatically accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist (ASHP): Fremont, Concord, and San Jose.

For 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. ASHP helps its members achieve this mission by advocating and supporting the professional practice of pharmacists in hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care clinics, and other settings spanning the full spectrum of medication use. ASHP serves its members as their collective voice on issues related to medication use and public health.