Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacist  putting medication on shelf
Florida Board of Pharmacy Approved Program | See Rule: 64B16-26.351, F.A.C.

Accepting written prescriptions or refill requests from patients.

Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the Pharmacy Technician program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the Health Care Industry. To accomplish this, the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed as Pharmacy Technician; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.


Pharmacy technician’s duties include measuring, weighing, and mixing medical drugs; preparing and labeling medicines. Regulation in issuing medicine to customers, maintaining inventory, and keeping patient medication profilers of specific records or computerized systems are essential elements of training.

Instruction is designed to prepare students to successfully pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experiences through on-the-job training. Students are eligible to join HOSA.

Program Content:

This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

The content includes but is not limited to the metric system, medical terminology, medicinal drugs, pharmaceutical compounding, USP 795 standards, sterile techniques, USP 797 and USP 800 standards, maintenance of inventory, IV preparation, receiving and handling of hazardous materials, preparing purchase orders, receiving and checking supplies purchased, printing labels, typing prescription labels, delivering medications, pricing prescription drug orders and supplies, prepackaging unit dose packages, patient record systems, control records, data processing automation in pharmacy, computer application, employability skills, leadership, and human relations skills, health and safety, including CPR.

Course’s Schedule:

D.A. Dorsey Technical CollegeMonday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Program Structure:

The entire program is 1050 hours. Students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP ABasic Healthcare Worker90 Hours
OCP BPharmacy Technician 1
Pharmacy Technician 2
Pharmacy Technician 3
360 Hours
300 Hours
300 Hours

Total Hours: 1050

Career Opportunites:

  • Pharmacy Technician


The average wage for this career is $16.87 per hour or $35,100 annually.

Contact Information at the Location:

Additional information can be provided by student services:

D.A. Dorsey Technical College
(305) 693-2490
Jackie Benjamin
Don Hylor Jr.
Ext. 2171
Ext. 2172


Healthcare Occupations