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Central Arizona Valley
Institute of Technology
Pharmacists working

Our Pharmacy Science Program

Program Highlights 

  • Prepare prescriptions by measuring, weighing, mixing, and compounding medications.
  • Work alongside and assist licensed pharmacists in retail, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurance companies, and government agencies.
  • Deliver great customer service, manage inventory, and maintain the quality and purity of drugs.

Career Focus

  • Prepared for national certification, immediate employment, and further education.

Program Length

The pharmacy science program is two years in length. Students have the opportunity to obtain Certified Pharmacy Technician industry licensure, as well as, OSHA 10-Hour and CPR instruction.

Students successfully completing the program have the opportunity to earn free dual enrollment college credit assuming you have met all  requirements.

Listing of Instructional Topics 

  • Billing and Reimbursement
  • Compounding
  • Dosage
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medication Errors
  • Patient Communication
  • Patient Rights
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Law
  • State Regulations
  • Workplace Safety

Pharmacy Technician Entry Level Salary Range*

  • Hourly: $12.55-$17.98
  • Annual: $26,100-$35,350

*Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages 

Related Career Pathways

  • Chemist*
  • Clinical Pharmacy Technician
  • Healthcare Administrator*
  • Hemodialysis Technician*
  • Inventory Manager:
  • Mail Order Pharmacy
  • Nuclear Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Patient Support Advocate
  • Pharmacy Cashier
  • Pharmacist*

*with additional education in this field.