Get the Skills to Become a Professional Pharmacy Technician

Students of the pharmacy assistant program in class
Get the support and training you need to become a confident and qualified Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Training in San Francisco CA

*** Please note: Our Pharmacy Technician Program is closed for enrollment and will reopen in January 2021 as we currently cater to the current employer demand for training more Medical Assistants to work in the Bay Area. If you’d like to be contacted about the Pharmacy Technician Program when it does reopen, please let us know here. If you’re interested in training to become a Medical Assistant and learning more about our 3-1 training program that includes medical assisting, phlebotomy, and EKG training, please schedule a phone appointment with us here. ***

With BAMA’s Pharmacy Technician Program you’ll get exceptional training, which will prepare you for entry-level positions in retail and hospital pharmacies. You’ll also be prepared to take the national certification offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).


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
  • Accepting payments
  • Processing insurance
  • Assisting pharmacists dispense prescription medication to patients and consumers

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

Becoming a Confident Pharmacy Technician

During the Pharmacy Technician Program, you’ll get 600 hours* of lecture and hands-on classroom instruction, as well as 240 hours* on-the-job clinical externship to prepare you for your new career.

Topics covered during the Pharmacy Technician Program include:

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy calculations
  • Pharmaceutical and medical terminology
  • Abbreviations and symbols used in prescribing
  • Dispensing and documenting medications
  • Standards, ethics and laws as they pertain to pharmacy practice and the duties of pharmacy technicians
  • and more

The best way to see if Bay Area Medical Academy is right for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on our programs, class schedules, and financial aid options. Get more info now >>.

BAMA Has Strong Employer Partnerships

A great testament to our success and quality of teaching is the large number of students who get hired at leading Bay Area medical facilities. 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 more

Externships With Industry Leaders

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BAMA is proud to partner with companies like Walgreens and CVS to provide students with a 240-hour, on-the-job clinical pharmacy technician externship. In addition to being a resume booster, this placement also provides you with first-hand experience, so you’ll graduate with confidence in your skills and abilities.

Prepare for Certification

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 sit for the National Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).


Funding Your Education

At Bay Area Medical Academy we understand that choosing to finance your education is a big decision – but we’re here to help. Our financial assistance representatives can help you understand the best financing options available to you.

Financial assistance is designed to help students with their educational related payments. Don’t let the barrier of cost hold you back, come talk to one of our financial assistance representatives and we’ll assist you in any way that we can.

Schedule an Appointment with an Admissions Representative

Bay Area Medical Academy accepts candidates into the Pharmacy Technician Program based on an admissions procedure which includes an initial interview with one of our Admissions Representatives and a final interview with an instructor.

You can schedule an appointment with an Admissions Representative by calling our main office on 415-217-0077 or by clicking on the button below.


Program Details

Funding and Tuition

Tuition is $10,500.00

Estimated total charges for the entire program is $11,049.00, which includes:

  • Non-refundable registration fee
  • Textbooks
  • Uniforms and ID cards
  • Lab/Materials fee
  • Graduation and administration fee

Depending on your situation, public funding for the program may be available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Department of Rehabilitation.

A payment plan for the program is available and can be discussed with admissions staff.

Admissions Requirements

The requirements for admission into the program are:

  • 18 years or older
  • Graduation from high school or higher level academy
  • Payment of minimum deposit
  • A passing English test score of 70% or higher
  • Interview with pharmacy instructor
  • 1 sealed official transcript
  • Students must also pass a criminal background check

Many BAMA students come to the school with foreign diplomas or college degrees. You can enroll at BAMA if your foreign high school diploma is evaluated for equivalency in the US.

To enroll in the program you’ll first need to meet with admissions staff and interview with the program director. To arrange an admissions appointment, please complete the quick and easy Schedule an Appointment form. Once the form is completed, admissions staff will contact you.

Class Schedules

The schedule for the program is Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the BAMA San Francisco campus.

The program has monthly enrollment at BAMA’s San Francisco campus. Please check our calendar for the next enrollment dates.

Required Textbooks

All required textbooks are included:

  1. Davis, & Guerra. Mosby’s Pharmacy Technician Principles & Practice 5th ed.
  2. Davis, & Guerra. Mosby’s Pharmacy Technician Principles & Practice 5th ed. Workbook and Lab Manual
  3. Mosby’s Drug References for Health Professions

Additional readings: Additional readings will also be required. These will be available within the classroom.  You are responsible for all assigned readings.

Curious about upcoming Pharmacy Technician classes?
View our Class Calendar!

Is a Rewarding Career as a Pharmacy Technician Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about Pharmacy Technician careers and exploring whether Bay Area Medical Academy is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 415-217-0077

Want to learn more? Click here to view the Pharmacy Technician Program brochure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure – Pharmacy Technician

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* Program length when completed in normal time.

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