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Pharmacy Technician TRAINING Program

Why wait to begin training for a rewarding career as a pharmacy technician? With heightened concerns for health and public safety, pharmacy technicians are in demand! Unlike self-paced, online programs, San Mateo Adult School’s pharmacy technician program is taught in real-time by a live instructor in a virtual classroom using Zoom technology. 



Cohort #1: 7/22/23- 12/16/23

Cohort #2: 9/18/23 – 03/04/24


Cohort #1:
Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:30pm & Saturdays 9am-12:30pm

Cohort #2:
Mondays & Thursdays 6:00pm-9:30pm





A High School Diploma (or Equivalency) is required to register for this program and to get your Pharmacy Technician license in California. Proof of COVID vaccination is also required for externship. Recommended pre-requisite: Introduction to Healthcare (formerly Intro to Medical Terminology).


Financial assistance and/or payment plans are available for those who qualify. For more information or assistance please contact the Career Education Coordinator at

Register for an information session

Cohort #1

Jan 14, 2023 09:00 AM in Pacific Time

Cohort #2

Feb 25, 2023 10:00 AM in Pacific Time

Students who successfully complete the program qualify for a clinical externship at a local pharmacy!

Program Overview

This 260-hour program covers topics such as pharmacology for technicians, pharmacy law and regulations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, quality assurance, and medication safety. Students will be mailed supplies and complete skills labs virtually.  Must be 18+ years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED. A clean background check is necessary for licensure in CA.

Students will need to have access to internet, PC, laptop, or tablet and access to a printer in order to participate. Program includes a 120-hour externship where you will receive hands-on training in a pharmacy under the direction of a pharmacist. Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician program, you will be eligible to apply for your California Pharmacy Technician License.*

*This program fulfills the education requirements of the California Board of Pharmacy (Business and Professions Code Section 4202) for pharmacy technician licensure.
This training qualifies students to sit for either the PTCE (offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) or the ExCPT (offered through the National Healthcareer Association).
Recommended pre-requisite: Introduction to Healthcare (formerly Intro to Medical Terminology)
 **Textbook, lab coat/scrubs, license application fee is not included in tuition. Payment plan available.
  • 140 classroom hours and 120 clinical hours
  • Pharmacy medical terminology and calculations
  • Reading and interpreting prescriptions
  • Defining generic and brand name drugs
  • Skill/Lab materials


Complete requirements for the externship will be provided during the mandatory information session on the first day of class.

Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of environments with many different job duties. With so many advancement opportunities available, there are many possibilities that are definitely worth working towards. Work places include:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • specialty pharmacies
  • Online/mail-order pharmacies
  • Research labs
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • Colleges
  • Health insurance companies
  • Pharmacy service companies
  • For the Department of Veterans Affairs or for one of the Department of Defense’s military departments


For more information about career pathways for Pharmacy Technicians, please visit this resource:


Contact the Career Education Coordinator for more information.

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