Licensed Pharmacy Technician
This course prepares students for entry-level employment in various pharmacy settings and practices, such as: assisting the pharmacist with mixing/packaging prescriptions, inventory control and purchasing, collecting payment, and coordinating billing. Theoretical and clinical components include medical terminology, pharmacy law, anatomy/physiology, resume prep, and job interview techniques. Pharmacy externships consisting of 100 hours will be secured for students who meet attendance, conduct, and grade requirements.
Upon completion of the course, students can sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCB Exam). Students will pay $129 for the exam entrance fee. This exam is optional but highly recommended. Students must possess valid state-issued identification.
Additional fees associated with the course include purchasing or renting both the course textbook and workbook. Textbook information will be provided on the first day of class. Students are required to wear uniform scrubs in any solid color.
Classes are held at the Golden Oak Training Center, 21445 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita.
Course Fee: $1400
Completion of the course does not guarantee employment.
After enrolling, students are required to provide proof of diploma/equivalency.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the program?
A: The Pharmacy Technician Program consists of over 240 classroom hours over 18 weeks. A 100-hour externship opportunity for those students who qualify will be offered after the 18 weeks of class. Sitting for the PTCB Exam is highly encouraged after both the classroom portion and externship have been completed.
Q: Will this class help me apply for a California Pharmacy Technician license?
A: Yes. Completing 240 hours of the classroom setting and passing the class with a “B” or better will allow you to apply for the state license. A background check and drug test screening are required for the license. Other requirements apply which will be discussed in class.
Q: What if I have to miss a few days of class? Vacation, work, family matters, etc.
A: This class has a requirement of 240 hours within a classroom setting to qualify for the state license. Students who miss enough class time and are not able to accrue the 240 hours will not be able to apply for the state license in this manner.
Q: Will this class prepare me for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam or the National Healthcareer Association CPhT ExCPT exam?
A: Yes. The subjects and concepts covered in class will help prepare students to sit for either the PTCB or ExCPT exam.
Q: Will Golden Oak help me with employment in the pharmacy field?
A: This program cannot guarantee employment. We do partner with local sites for externships and are often contacted by these sites looking to hire qualified technicians.
Q: What materials will I need, aside from the tuition, for this class?
A: Supplies needed aside from textbooks and scrubs will be index cards, notebooks, pens/pencils, paper, etc.
Q: Do I have to be extremely computer literate to complete this course?
A: No, however, you do need to be competent with a laptop or desktop computer enough to be able to access programs on the computers. The pharmacy world is becoming more and more digitized, and being comfortable with computers will make the technician candidate that much stronger in the pharmacy field. We will be using laptops throughout the semester to simulate day-to-day pharmacy duties and also to play typing games and other activities.
Q: Do I have to be great at math to complete this course?
A: You should be able to complete basic algebraic equations, such as “solving for X.” Some examples of pharmacy math include Days Supply Calculations, IV Flow Rates, Allegations, Roman Numerals, Household Conversions, and more.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you can give me before entering this program?
A: Consider this program as a semester-long job interview. By being late to class or regularly absent, not completing assignments, not arriving with homework completed, or otherwise not being a professional student, it would be difficult for the instructor and Golden Oak administration to recommend that student for a license.