Pharmacy Technician

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The mission of the Pharmacy Technician program is to prepare students for employment in retail and institutional pharmacy practice.


The Pharmacy Technician program is offered in a competency based traditional classroom environment and is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) on the campuses of Avalon, Westside and Winter Park.

The Pharmacy Technician program is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy. Program completers who wish to work as Pharmacy Technicians in the State of Florida must register with the Board of Pharmacy (465.014 F.S.).

Supervised internships at pharmacies are an integral part of the program. All students will complete criminal history and drug testing prior to program entry and again prior to internship.

Training includes, but is not limited to, introduction to medical terminology, pharmacology, medical drugs, pharmacy law, pharmaceutical compounding, sterile techniques, IV and chemotherapy preparation, medical delivery systems, unit dose packaging, patient record systems, processing prescriptions, pharmacy math, medication purchasing, receiving and inventory systems, pharmaceutical automation, computer applications in pharmacy practice, employability and leadership skills, human relations as they relate to pharmacy and first aid, CPR and AIDS.

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Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)

The Pharmacy Technician program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of two Occupational Completion Points. OCPs provide a student with early completion training options linked to employment opportunities established by the Florida Department of Education based on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and accepted industry titles.

Academic Skill Level Required to Complete the Program

Grade 11 math, 10 language and 10 reading.

H170500 OCP Postsecondary Program of Study 1050 Hrs
HSC0003 A* Basic Healthcare Worker 90
PTN0084 B Pharmacy Technician 1 360
PTN0085 Pharmacy Technician 2 300
PTN0086 Pharmacy Technician 3 300
* OCP A, Basic Healthcare Worker, is the foundation of the majority of health-related programs of study. If the student has high school credit for Health Science I and Health Science 2 or an applicant can demonstrate the skills in those courses through a written and performance test for OCP A, the student may start with OCP B, Pharmacy Technician 1.
Dual Enrollment is available for high school students.

Program Overview

Program Overview

Industry Certification/Licensure

Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician program, students take or complete the following:

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
  • Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPT), Florida Department of Health
American Society of Health System Pharmacists Florida Department of Health Pharmacy Technician Certfication Board


The State Board of Education has approved statewide articulation agreements to provide credit for successful completion of industry certification through the Gold Standard program.

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Valencia College:

  • Supervision and Management AS degree – 24 credits

Program Cost

  • $5,262.85
Tuition and Fees


Start Date

March 23, 2020*
* Based on program availability

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