Pharmacy Technician

What Do Pharmacy Technicians Do?

Pharmacy technicians are responsible for assisting pharmacists dispense prescription medication to patients and consumers. 

Pharmacy Technician duties include: taking orders from customers or health professionals, preparing medications, such as counting tablets, measuring amounts or compounding and mixing ointments, stocking, packaging and labeling medications as well as accepting payments and processing insurance.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

Students completing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Program gain the skills and knowledge to qualify for entry-level positions in retail and hospital pharmacies and are prepared to take the national certification offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

After completion of the course and upon licensure, students will be eligible for positions in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Retail pharmacies
  • Mail-order or internet pharmacies
  • Infusion pharmacies and much more

Read more about a career as pharmacy technician on the BAMA blog

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all healthcare 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 the elderly use more prescription drugs than the young.

The Program

This 840 hour program features 600 hours of lecture and hands-on classroom instruction, as well as 240 hour of on-the-job clinical externship to prepare you for a new career.  Students gain basic knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacy calculations, pharmaceutical and medical terminology, abbreviations, and symbols used in prescribing, dispensing and documenting medications. They will also learn standards, ethics and laws as they pertain to pharmacy practice and the duties of pharmacy technicians.

Graduates will be prepared and eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

BAMA is proud to partner with Walgreens to provide students with a 240-hour, on-the-job clinical pharmacy technician externship at one of the largest drugstore chains in the US.

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FAFSA Qualified

The pharmacy technician program qualifies for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). 

Pell Grants, Sub and Unsub Loans are also available to students who qualify.

Please complete your FAFSA Application here, using BAMA school code: 042237.


Admissions assessment, including an interview, is required in order to enroll for this program.

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Pharmacy Technician Program FAQ

To assist you in your research of BAMA's pharmacy technician program, here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions