Pharm Tech

News & Updates

The Pharm Tech program has been postponed until further notice.

Industry Information

A pharmacy technician helps the licensed pharmacist prepare prescriptions, medications, provides customer services and performs administrative duties. Pharmacy technicians, generally, are responsible for receiving prescription requests, preparing the prescription, preparing sterile solutions, counting medications, and administrative duties such as answering the phone, stocking shelves, or operating a cash register. Career roles may be in a retail or mail-order pharmacy; a hospital or nursing home; and an assisted living facility or penal system. Competitive hourly wages range from $12 to $17 per hour, or more, pending location of employment.


The Pharmacy Technician program offers an Associate of Science Degree and the Certificate of Achievement which will prepare the student for the national certification exam for entry level work as a pharmacy technician.

The program is designed to take 18 months to complete.

Note: Less than 20 completed this program in academic year 2011 - 2012.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

The courses and requirements described herein are subject to change. Students should consult a counselor and the appropriate materials, as directed, to receive the most current requirements.

Download Degree and Certificate Catalog


Eighteen and one half (18.5) units required for the certificate.

The Certificate of Achievement program is designed for students with personal or occupational goals who wish early employment. To qualify for the Certificate, a student must satisfy the following requirements: (1) complete all courses listed for a particular certificate; (2) achieve a "C" average (2.0 GPA) for all courses used to complete the certificate; and, (3) file a Certificate Application form with Admissions and Records by the appropriate deadline(s) identified on the application.

Classes are offered in the evenings and can be completed within a semester - Fall and Spring. Courses are sequential and students advance to the next class upon successful completion with a C or higher grade.

I. Required courses for the certificate (18.5 units)
AHP 100 Medical Terminology 3.0
PHT 108 Introduction to Pharmacy Technology 2.0
PHT 120 Pharmacy Technician Body Systems I 3.0
PHT 125 Pharmacy Technician Body Systems II 3.0
PHT 130 Calculation & Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician 3.0
PHT 140 Pharmacy Technician Operations 4.5
Total Certificate Units 18.5
Total Maximum Units 18.5

 Certificate Application for IVC Pharmacy Technician Certification


Eighteen and one half (18.5) units required for the major.

The Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science (AS) Degree involves satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 semester units with a C average or higher, including grades of C in all courses required for the major, and fulfillment of all IVC district requirements for the associate's degree along with all general education requirements. The degree provides a sound basis for transfer to upper division institutions for additional degrees or for higher vocational preparation. To be eligible to receive an Associate Degree the student must complete the requirements for the major, the District requirements for an Associate Degree, and the General Education requirements. In addition students must maintain a minimum grade point average and meet the minimum grade requirements of their program. Detailed information is available in the college catalog. 

ALL COURSES FOR THIS MAJOR MUST BE COMPLETED WITH A MINIMUM GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER. AHP 100 must be completed prior to enrolling in remaining AHP courses and is offered every semester. AHP 108, 120, and 130 are offered in Fall, and AHP 125 and 140 in Spring.

Associate Degree Application at IVC

I. Required courses for the major (18.5 units)
AHP 100 Medical Terminology 3.0
PHT 108 Introduction to Pharmacy Technology 2.0
PHT 120 Pharmacy Technician Body Systems I 3.0
PHT 125 Pharmacy Technician Body Systems II 3.0
PHT 130 Calculation & Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician 3.0
PHT 140 Pharmacy Technician Operations 4.5
Total Major Units 18.5
IVC Graduation Requirements and GE Pattern: 30
Electives (as needed to reach 60 degree applicable units)
Total Maximum Units 60.0

Program Cost

Tuition $46/unit* subject to change without notice, $18 Health Fee, $1 Student Rep Fee, and optional Parking Fee $20.

Books, Supplies & Uniforms: $1,500 (Typical costs)

* Assumes CA residents. Non-Resident tuition is $200/unit and is subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Paying for the cost of a college education requires a partnership among parents, students and the college. As the cost of higher education continues to rise we want you to know that IVC offers a full array of financial aid programs - grants, work study, scholarships, and fee waivers (we do not participate in the federal loan programs). These programs are available to both full and part time students who are seeking a degree or certificate. For those who qualify, financial aid is available to help with tuition, fees, books and supplies, food, housing, transportation, and childcare. Please log onto our website for additional information:

Career Opportunities, Industry Certification and Licensure

Some of the career opportunities listed may require additional training or completion of a four-year college/university degree. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college should consult a counselor for specific requirements.

*Standard Occupational Classification Code

Pharmacy Technicians positions are found in the following areas:

  • Acute Care and Rehabilitation Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Clinics and Health Centers
  • Correctional Facilities

Industry Certification and Licensure


Imperial Valley College maintains faculty-approved formal course articulation agreements with Imperial Valley high schools and the Imperial Valley ROP (Regional Occupation Program). Courses with articulation agreements follow the California Career Statewide Pathways Templates in the areas of: Administration of Justice, Allied Health Programs, Business, Automotive Technology, Building Construction Technology, Child Development, Computer Information Systems, Health Assistant and Welding.

Students who complete an articulated class offered through a partnering high school or ROP program, receive a qualifying grade in their course, and pass the IVC Credit-by-Exam for the subject area, will be eligible to receive college credit for the articulated corresponding Imperial Valley College class posted to their official transcript. Eligible students will work with the Applied Sciences Office at IVC for the awarding of college credit.

For specific articulation agreements please contact the Applied Sciences Office or the IVC Articulation Officer.


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