Pharmacy Technician


The Pharmacy Technician program at Pittsburgh Career Institute (PCI) provides students with the technical and practical training necessary to work as an assistant to a licensed pharmacist.  Students will study medication preparation, pharmacy computing, and customer service care, among other concepts.

The core curriculum includes classroom lecture, hands-on laboratory work, and a real-world clinical component.  The final externship consists of supervised experiences in a clinical environment ,which requires competencies, logs, and evaluations to be completed by the student.

Graduates of this 15-month program will earn an Associates in Specialized Technology (AST) degree and should possess the skills necessary to seek entry-level employment as a Pharmacy Technician.

Concepts & Skills Taught

  • Preparation and dispensing of medications
  • Setting up, packaging, and labeling routine orders from stock supplies
  • Mixing drugs with parenteral fluids
  • Pharmacy computing
  • Maintaining patient records
  • Inventory and billing
  • Customer service care
  • Clinical externship

Career Outcomes

  • Retail Pharmacies: Assist pharmacist by obtaining prescriptions from drop-off area, help to fill the prescriptions for the pharmacists to check, inventory control, Direct calls as necessary to the pharmacists, every day operations
  • Hospital Pharmacies: Assist by answering the phone, preparing prescriptions, filling cassettes, IV admixture, refilling automated machines used in practice, management of inventory, prepackaging when necessary, placing order on shelves as it comes from the wholesaler
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Nursing homes and more


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