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Pharmacy Technician Training

The pharmacy technician program at American College of Healthcare prepares students for careers assisting pharmacists in pharmacies and healthcare organizations. The program focuses on preparing medications, providing medications and related assistance to patients, and managing pharmacy clinical and business operations. Program courses include: medical and pharmaceutical terminology, drug identification, pharmacy laboratory procedures, prescription interpretation, measurement and testing techniques, pharmacy business operations, prescription preparation, logistics and dispensing operations, and applicable standards and regulations. Get more details below including other California colleges that offer pharmacy technician training.

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American College of Healthcare

3160 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA

American College of Health Care now has two campuses in California – Riverside and Huntington Park.  ACHC was founded in 1993 and in 2009 came under new ownership.  The school offers 6 career training programs in the health care field:

  • Medical Assistant and  Medical Administrative Assistant
  •  Medical Billing and Coding,
  • Pharmacy Technician
  •  Surgical Technology
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Massage Therapist.

The Surgical Technology program and the Pharmacy Technician program can lead to certification status.  The Surgical program can be completed in 17 months, earning the successful graduate a CST (Certified Surgical Technologist).   The Pharmacy program can be completed in 12 months. While licensing of Pharmacy Technicians is not mandatory, the ACHC program prepares participants for a voluntary nationally administered certification exam -- Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) examination.

The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) has accredited the Surgical Technology Program and the American College of Health Care has earned institutional accreditation for its non-degree programs.

Tuition and fees for the Surgical Technology Program as of January 10, 2013 were approximately$32,600.  ACH reported a 73% placement rate for program graduates.  Cost of the Pharmacy Technician Program was about $16,500 with a 75% placement rate.  The other programs had placement rates ranging from the 80% range to 100% for the Medical Administrative Assistant Program.

Students Enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. American College of Healthcare offers a less than two-year award program in pharmacy technician.

Students by Gender (2019)


Students by Race (2019)

Multiple Races2

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician program at American College of Healthcare, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary


Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Pharmacy Technicians


Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, pharmacy technicians employment is expected to grow at a rate of 9.3% from 2014 to 2024

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Student Services

To support students and graduates, American College of Healthcare may provide services including:

  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Career path counseling
  • Assisting students to find work
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