The next session of this course will run August 2021 to December 2021. Registration and class information will be posted here when available.

Spring 2021 Schedule:

Class dates: January 11 - May 27, 2021
Students need to be available Monday through Thursday in the morning and afternoon hours. Times are arranged by the teacher.

Due to the community health situation surrounding COVID-19, the Spring 2021 semester of this class will be offered entirely online. 

  • Registration will take place online on December 1st and 2nd. A link will be posted here where students can sign up. Please review the information on this page before applying. Application:
  • Students need to submit proof of high school completion. Copies of the student's high school transcript, GED, or foreign transcript equivalency evaluation need to be emailed to by 8am on December 4th. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • Students will need to complete an online placement test. By December 7th information about how to complete the online placement test will be sent to the students who signed up by the deadline.
  • The placement test needs to be completed before 12am on December 11th.
  • It is likely that there will be more applicants for this program than we have space for. If this occurs, student names will be placed into a lottery and selected randomly via Zoom the week of December 14th. Notifications of admission will be sent following that lottery.

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. 

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 medication.

• Record keeping techniques, clerical skills, customer service, retail skills, insurance and billing.

• American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR training and card. (May not be offered due to COVID-19 restrictions)

• 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 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 (see attendance area below)

• 120-hour Internship included in program. (Due to COVID-19 this may not be available and will be replaced with online instruction)

Spring 2021 Schedule: 
The Spring 2021 class is offered online only. Interaction between the students and teacher will be via Zoom/Google Meets, and Email. Online meetings will be scheduled during the hours of 8am to 4pm. 

Attendance: Due to the online nature of this course, there is no physical attendance requirement. Students must keep in contact with the teacher and submit assigned work online weekly. Students who do not check in with the teacher, and fail to submit assigned work weekly will be dropped from the class. Please communicate with your teacher about any issues that are causing you to lack participation. 

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 required textbooks are provided electronically free of charge. But if you would like to have your own set of all of the texts (and not access them electronically) you can purchase them from the vendor below. There is also information below about renting the textbooks.

Paradigm Publishing (

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

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

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