The CNI Pharmacy Technician School Advantage

Accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) Prepares You for the PTCE – National Certification Exam and Then Assists in the Registration/Licensing Process with the State Board of Pharmacy
10 Month Program Will Have You in Your New Career Soon with Evening Classes Available. Classroom and Lab Setting Will Prepare You for Work in Hospitals, Neighborhood Pharmacies, Large Chain Stores, HMOs, and More

Train for a Career at CNI College Pharmacy Technician School Located in Orange County

Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Pharmacy Technicians in California.*

Pharmacy Technicians Occupation Profile

Preparation for your career starts today as a Pharmacy Technician by calling (888) 976-5120 or submitting your information in the form located in the upper right side of page.

Pharmacy Technician Student Reading a Medicine Label in the Pharmacy
Pharmacy Tech Student Working with a Syringe
Pharmacy Tech Training Student Working in the Lab
Pharmacy Technician Training Student Working in the Pharmacy
Pharmacy Tech Student Applying a Medicine Label
Pht Class
Pharmacy Technician Students Working in the Lab
Pharmacy Tech Program Teacher in the Classroom

WHY CHOOSE CNI COLLEGE’S PHARMACY TECHNICIAN SCHOOL?

The Pharmacy Technician Training Diploma program is delivered in residence and offers a comprehensive course of study that combines theory and practical pharmacy procedures designed to prepare students to meet entry level position requirements in the various specialty areas of pharmacy technology.

Our Pharmacy Technician School is designed to efficiently train students in the competent performance of the duties of a pharmacy technician in the most common pharmacy settings such as retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, home health pharmacies, and compounding pharmacies.

The students will learn pharmacy law, ethics, role of the pharmacy technician, pharmacology, drugs that affect the body systems, dosage forms and routes of administration, pharmacy terminology & abbreviation, dosage calculations, and pharmacy procedures at various pharmacy settings. Pharmacy procedures include accurate interpretation of prescriptions and medication orders, preparation and compounding of prescribed medications including sterile products, purchasing and inventory control, and third-party billing.

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases. Also, the number of older people is growing, and older people use more prescription drugs than younger people. Job prospects should be excellent for pharmacy technicians, particularly those with formal training and those with experience in retail settings.**

To work as a pharmacy technician in California, you must possess and keep current a registration/license as a pharmacy technician. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board administers national certification examinations. Certification is voluntary in most states, but is required by some states and employers. (California requires Registration only).

CNI College’s Pharmacy Technician Program is:

Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)

Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

Join the Dynamic Field of Pharmacy Technician

Are you interested in pursuing a future within a vital area of the health care industry? If so, the Pharmacy Technician Program from CNI’s healthcare college could be the right choice for your post-secondary education.

CNI’s in-depth pharmacy technician course curriculum is approved by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), and includes a balanced mix of theoretical and laboratory training. You can also benefit from the opportunity to gain real-life experience through an externship opportunity. Plus, CNI College can prepare you to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE), and even assist you with the California State Board of Pharmacy registration and licensing process.

Located in Orange County, near cities Irvine, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Tustin, CNI Pharmacy Technician School provides comprehensive pharmacy tech training in just 10 months; this training includes nine months of classroom instruction and six weeks of externship. Request more information today to find out how you can prepare to pursue entry-level pharmacy technician positions within a variety of settings, including hospitals, retail pharmacies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), and more. Call 1-800-219-0634 or inquire now for more information about starting your career as a pharmacy tech with CNI Healthcare Training School.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). Licensure to work as a Pharmacy Technician is required by the state of CA. See the Details >>

*CNI College does not guarantee employment.

**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensed Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Pharmacy technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. Pharmacy technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist. Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to the patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications. In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities, including reading patients’ charts and preparing and delivering the medicine to patients. Technicians also assemble a 24-hour supply of medicine for every patient. Still, the pharmacist must check the order and the doses of medicine prepared before they are delivered or given to patients. Also in hospitals and home health care pharmacies, pharmacy technicians prepare intravenous (IV) packs, using sterile techniques, under the supervision of the hospital pharmacist.
Pharmacy Technicians work in clean, organized, well-lit, and well-ventilated areas. Most of the workday is spent on their feet. They may be required to lift heavy boxes or to use stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves. Pharmacy technicians work the same hours that pharmacists work. These may include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, particularly in facilities, such as hospitals and retail pharmacies, that are open 24 hours a day. As their seniority increases, pharmacy technicians often acquire increased control over the hours they work. There are many opportunities for part-time work in both retail and hospital settings.
Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time work, especially for pharmacy technicians with formal training or previous experience. Job openings for pharmacy technicians will result from the expansion of retail pharmacies and other employment settings and from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the work force. Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent from 2012 to 2022**, much faster than the average for all occupations because as the population grows and ages, demand for pharmaceuticals will increase dramatically. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people – who use more prescription drugs than younger people – will spur demand for technicians in all practice settings. With advances in science, more medications are becoming available to treat a greater number of conditions.

**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

Benefits

Click on the link below to learn more about wages and employment trends for Pharmacy Technicians in California.

Pharmacy Technicians Occupation Profile

Working as a pharmacy technician is a great place to start if you are interested in having a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Starting as a pharmacy technician gives you the type of background training that would be necessary to become a pharmacist or work elsewhere in the pharmaceutical industry. As a Pharmacy Technician, you will help prepare prescribed medication for patients, under the direction of a pharmacist. Our training prepares you to retrieve, count, pour, weigh and measure the prescription medication. Prescriptions, which are checked by a pharmacist before being given to a patient, must then be priced and filed. You may also maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance forms, and stock and take inventory of medications. Start your career as a Pharmacy Technician today!

**Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CALIFORNIA PHARMACY TECHNICIAN SCHOOL BENEFITS:

  • CNI will prepare you for the PTCE – national certification exam and then assist in the registration/licensing process with the State Board of Pharmacy.
  • Classroom and lab setting will prepare you for work in hospitals, neighborhood pharmacies, large chain stores, HMOs, and more.
  • Short 10 month program (36 Weeks – Classroom, 6 Weeks – Externship) will have you in your new career soon.
  • Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.**


Course Review

Title Course Number Theory Lab Clinical Outside Class Total Hours Credit Hours
Pharmacy Law, Ethics, and Role of the Pharmacy Technician; Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration  PHT 101  50 30 0 20 100 4
Pharmacology: Drugs that affect the Nervous and Cardiovascular Systems PHT 201  50 30 0 20 100 4
Pharmacology: Drugs that Affect the Endocrine and Gastrointestinal Systems  PHT 301  50 30 0 20 100 4
Outpatient – Retail Pharmacy Procedures; Drugs that Affect Respir System; Purchasing & Invt Control  PHT 401  50 30 0 20 100 4
Inpatient – Hospital Pharmacy Procedures; Vitamin, Mineral & Herbal Preparations; Dosage Calculation  PHT 501  50 30 0 20 100 4
Preparation of Sterile Products; Anti-invectives; Dosage Calculations  PHT 601  50 30 0 20 100 4
Outpatient/Retail Pharmacy Externship PHT 701  0 0 120 30 150 2.5
Inpatient/Home-Health/ or Closed Door Pharmacy Setting  PHT 702  0 0 120 30 150 2.5
TOTALS 300 180 240 180 900 29
PROGRAM TOTALS 300 180 240 180 900 29

Course Descriptions

PHT 101 – PHARMACY LAW, ETHICS, AND ROLE OF THE PHARMACY TECHNICIAN; DOSAGE FORMS AND ROUTES OF ADMINISTRATION
This module will provide students with an understanding of the pharmacy law that governs the field of pharmacy, and the legal duties and responsibilities of the Pharmacist and the Pharmacy Technician, Competency standards and ethical requirements of the pharmacy profession will be discussed. The second half of the module will cover drugs, dosage forms, routes of administration, and how drugs work. Certain drugs are introduced and students will learn their trade and generic names, classifications, indications or uses, and side-effects. Practical pharmacy procedures are introduced and applied daily in the mock pharmacy lab.

PHT 201 – PHARMACOLOGY: DRUGS THAT AFFECT THE NERVOUS AND CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS
This module introduces students to basic pharmacology, how drugs work with focus on the effects of drugs in the Nervous and Cardiovascular systems. Certain drugs are introduced and students will learn their trade and generic names, classifications, indications or uses, and side-effects. Practical pharmacy procedures are introduced and applied daily in the mock pharmacy lab. The special senses introduced along with drugs that affect the conditions that occur in these systems.

PHT 301 – PHARMACOLOGY: DRUGS THAT AFFECT THE ENDOCRINE AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEMS
This module introduces students to the effects of drugs in the Endocrine and Gastrointestinal systems. Certain drugs are introduced and students will learn their trade and generic names, classifications, indications or uses, and sideeffects. Practical pharmacy procedures are introduced and applied daily in the mock pharmacy lab. Muscular and skeletal systems are also introduced along with drugs that affect the conditions that occur in these systems.

PHT 401 – OUTPATIENT – RETAIL PHARMACY PROCEDURES; DRUGS THAT AFFECT RESPIR SYSTEM; PURCHASING & INVT CONTROL
This module introduces students to the common outpatient or retail pharmacy procedures including but not limited to filling prescriptions accurately, extemporaneous compounding, purchasing and inventory control, and third-party billing. Certain drugs are introduced and students will learn their trade and generic names, classifications, indications or uses, and side-effects. Practical pharmacy procedures are introduced and applied daily in the mock pharmacy lab.

PHT 501 – INPATIENT – HOSPITAL PHARMACY PROCEDURES; VITAMIN, MINERAL & HERBAL PREPARATIONS; DOSAGE CALCULATION
This module introduces students to common hospital pharmacy procedures. They learn how to interpret medication or doctor’s orders and prepare the doses for the patients. Unit conversions are introduced among Metric, Apothecary, and Household systems. Basic dosage calculation is presented and practiced to ensure that patients receive accurate doses of medications. Common formulas such as Ratio & Proportion, Unit Cancellation, and Dose Desired / Dose On Hand are presented and practiced. Certain drugs are introduced and students will learn their trade and generic names, classifications, indications or uses, and side-effects. Practical pharmacy procedures are introduced and applied daily in the mock pharmacy lab.

PHT 601 – PREPARATION OF STERILE PRODUCTS; ANTI-INVECTIVES; DOSAGE CALCULATIONS
This module introduces students to the “aseptic technique” in the preparation or compounding of sterile products. Students learn how to prepare various intravenous solutions including large volume parenterals, intravenous piggybacks or syringes, total parenteral nutrition and chemotherapeutic preparation. Pharmacy calculations including compounding calculations, alligation, and flowrates are presented and practiced. Certain drugs are introduced and students will learn their trade and generic names, classifications, indications or uses, and side effects. Practical pharmacy procedures are introduced and applied daily in the mock pharmacy lab. Pre-requisite: Completion of PHT 501 or program director’s approval.

PHT 701 – OUTPATIENT/RETAIL PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP
PHT 702 – INPATIENT/HOME-HEALTH/ OR CLOSED DOOR PHARMACY SETTING

Students who successfully completed all the academic requirements can participate in the 240-hour externship phase of the program which is divided into two, 120-hr rotation between a retail pharmacy setting and a single department in a hospital setting. Externship is performed at an assigned pharmacy facility under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Students of the CNI Orange County pharmacy tech certification progarm will be able to apply their knowledge and technical skills in performing their duties as pharmacy technician student-extern at a real pharmacy setting. Completion of the 240 hours is required to fulfill graduation requirements.

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Once the Mortgage Industry basically took a nose dive, I was not too sure what to do. After being out of school for 10 years, I was overwhelmed thinking about how to start over. I was a new mom and needed to make sure to find something that fit in my crazy schedule. After inquiring at CNI College, I decided to attend here due to all the benefits and the friendly personnel who help me make my decision that the pharmacy technician certification course was the career for me. I like the idea of learning the trade and generic names of the drugs because that is actually used in the profession on a daily basis. Not to mention that the knowledge about the drugs is useful to personal life due to at one point you will have to take a medication for one reason or another.


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