What does a Pharmacy Tech do?

Our Program

CNEI offers education and training to become a Licensed Pharmacy Technician. Our program will prepare students to meet the standards and requirements for pharmacy technician licensing. The Pharmacy Technician program consists of 6 in classroom lecture levels and 1 externship rotation. The externship allows students to gain real life work experience in the pharmacy environment.

What does a Pharmacy Tech Program do?

Pharmacy techs work under the direction and supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The Pharmacy Tech assists the pharmacist in dispensing prescription medication and prescription drugs to patients. They are responsible for accurately measuring and mixing medications.
Pharmacy Techs carry out critical tasks in the pharmacy such as:

  • Keeping inventories
  • Assist patients and customers
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Collecting data from patients
  • Answering telephone calls
  • Verifying insurance


To become eligible to take the pharmacy technician licensing exam you must meet the
below requirement:

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Complete the Pharmacy Technician Training requirements
  • Pass the National Examination for Pharmacy Technician

Where do I go from Here?

If you believe a Career as a Pharmacy Tech is for you, and you have a high School diploma or GED, call us at 760-416-5955 or visit us. Our program at CNEI will provide you with the education and training to prepare you for the National Examination.

Where do Pharmacy Techs work?

Pharmacy Techs work in Pharmacies located in grocery stores, hospital settings, retail pharmacies, community pharmacies, health care facilities, and other locations.
According to the State of California Department of Employment Development Department, the median average Pharmacy Technician salary is  $40,819.


Program Objective

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions for both institutional and community pharmacy settings. A pharmacy technician, under the supervision of pharmacists, assists in the day-to-day operations to prepare and provide medications to patients and with related tasks in managing pharmacy clinical and business operations. Upon graduation, graduates are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

Program Description

780 Clock Hours/35 Semester Units

The Pharmacy Technician program is designed based on a well-balanced integration of theory and practical instruction in the fundamentals of pharmacy operations. The program consists of six course levels of classroom theory and laboratory instruction totaling 540 hours and externship consisting of 240 hours for a total of 780 hours. The instruction is design following a framework of theory and practical skills to meet eligibility requirements for certification examination upon graduation. The design of the program allows students to start at the beginning of level I through VI and complete all levels to be eligible for placement on an externship rotation. Graduates receive a certificate upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.

Program Content

Course TitleClock HoursSemester Hours
Level I:905.0
Level II:905.0
Level III:905.0
Level IV:905.0
Level V:905.0
Level VI:905.0
Level VII: Externship2405.0