Pharmacy Technician Program

Our next session of this course will begin in mid August 2020. Dates and times for registration will be posted here when available. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, details regarding the registration ans admission process, the number of students admitted, and course information may change. Updates will be posted here when available.

In partnership with the Riverside County Office of Education this course prepares students to become licensed Pharmacy Technicians in the State of California and gain entry-level pharmacy technician employment. 

We are able to enroll 28 students for this program. (This number may be reduced due to social distancing requirements in place)

The class will run August - December, 2020 and another class will run January to May 2021

Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Instruction includes:

• Knowledge of laws and regulations.

• Identification of terms, abbreviations, symbols, and drugs.

• Ability to calculate, use of metric and apothecary systems, and dispense


• Record keeping techniques, clerical skills, customer service, retail skills,

insurance and billing.

• American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR training and


• Application for registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy


Admission Requirements:

• High School transcript showing that the student has graduated. This must be presented at registration, no exceptions. (Non US high school graduates must have their education verified to be the equivalent of a US high school diploma by an agency listed here:

• Students must have an educational functioning level of "Exited from Advanced ESL" or "Low Advanced Secondary Education" as determined by CASAS assessments completed during registration. (Reading 236+/Listening 228+).  Strong English reading, speaking and listening skills are required to communicate effectively as a Pharmacy Technician intern.

• Current government-issued photo ID and Social Security card

• Working as a Pharmacy Technician is a physically demanding job. Potential students need to possess the physical ability to stand for long periods of time, bend, and stoop when completing internship hours at a pharmacy.

• Basic keyboarding and computer skills to facilitate learning of software.

• The program is funded through outcome based funding. This means that Riverside Adult School must show that students successfully earn a Pharmacy Technician license as a result of attending the program. Students must commit to applying for their license and meet all of the requirements to become licensed. The cost for obtaining your license is presently covered by Riverside Adult School and the process is completed during class. There are associated costs described below.

Program Requirements:

• Maintain a minimum 76% grade average and a 93% attendance rate.

• Mandatory 120-hour Internship included in program. (Due to COVID-19 this may not be available and will be replaced with instruction/in class hands on practice)


Program Costs:

The program is free to students. There are associated costs that the student is responsible for. Your teacher will discuss the time frame for purchasing the items below once class starts:

• Students must purchase their own uniform/scrubs from the school's vendor. One set is required and must contain the Riverside Adult School logo in the color set by the school. The cost for one set is $35.

• Students must pay for LiveScan fingerprinting which is a requirement to obtain your Pharmacy Technician license. The cost is approximately $69.

• Students must pay for a self query report. The cost is $4.00



The textbooks are provided for your in class use but if you would like to have your own set you can purchase them from the two vendors below. There is also information below about renting the textbooks.


  • Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians: A Worktext, 3rd edition  (ISBN: 978-0323430883)

Paradigm Publishing (

  • Pharmacology for Technicians - Sixth Edition - Text (ISBN: 978-0-76386-776-8)
  • Pharmacy Labs for Technicians Second Edition - Text (ISBN: 978-0-76385-239-9) 
  • Pharmacy Practice for Technicians Sixth Edition (ISBN: 978-0-76386-795-9)


You can also rent the textbooks for a semester for around $100 total from various vendors below:



Questions about the program? Contact


Current Pharmacy Tech Students

Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians E-Book

Paradigm Bookshelf (Pharmacy Practice for Technicians & Pharmacology for Technicians E-Books):

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