Community Education Offers Pharmacy Technician Program with Convenient Scheduling

Estrella Mountain Community College's Community Education Department is once again offering its popular Pharmacy Technician program beginning September 12.The 72-hour, 12-week program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field by preparing them for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam.

Pharmacy Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, and other healthcare settings - working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Technicians can expect a starting salary of approximately $30,000 per year.Course content includes medical terminology specific to pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

The program is offered during convenient times for working adults or other interested students with complex schedules. Classes will be offered Tuesday/Thursday evenings 6:30-9:30pm (9/15-12/10/09) or Saturdays 9:00am-3:30pm (9/12-12/12/09). Tuition is $915 (including books).

Ask about our payment plan! For additional information, or to register, please contact the Community Education Department located in Estrella Mountain Community College's SouthWest Skill Center at 623-535-2800 or

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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 11 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Classes are also offered online and at EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Ariz.