How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

What does a pharmacy technician do? Pharmacy technicians play a vital role in pharmacies. They support licensed pharmacists in day-to-day activities, such as assisting in patient consultations, counter dispensing and prescription preparation.

How do I become a pharmacy technician? Employers may require their pharmacy technicians to have formal training in the field, by attending a pharmacy tech school and/or earning an associate’s degree in pharmacy technology.* Courses in the pharmacy technician program may include topics in medical terminology, prescription processing, pharmacology, and pharmacy procedures and applications. Check with a local employer for further requirements.

SBBCollege offers a Pharmacy Technology program in Bakersfield and Santa Maria. To prepare students for a career as a pharmacy tech, SBBCollege offers a pharmacy technology program in Kern County and Northern Santa Barbara County. The Bakersfield college campus pharmacy tech program, along with the pharm tech program in Santa Maria, prepares students to stock and inventory prescriptive and over-the-counter medications, maintain written or computerized patient medication records, count or pour medications into dispensing containers and much more.

What types of jobs are available for pharmacy technicians? Graduates of SBBCollege’s pharmacy technology program are prepared to work in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies or retail pharmacies as a pharmacy technician, front counter clerk, pharmacy assistant, and pharmacy cashier.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,