The Pharmacy Technician Program at LA ORT

At Los Angeles ORT College we offer a variety of majors in which you can earn diplomas or degrees. One of the diploma programs we have is for pharmacy technician. What exactly does a pharmacy technician do? Think of the job as pharmacist support. Technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists and perform tasks such as:
  • receive and fill patient prescriptions
  • weighing, counting and measuring medicine for the patient
  • labeling the prescriptions
  • cash handling
  • caring for patient records
Another positive for this job is that the field has recently been experiencing an increase in popularity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a part of the US Department of Labor, employment numbers in this profession are growing rapidly. The average growth rate for employment in this field is expected to surpass the average growth rate of many other careers.

Though position advancement is limited, since most pharmacy technicians work 40 hours or less this allows time to further your educational studies. But that is not to say there are not opportunities for growth within this field. You may have the opportunity to be promoted to supervisors or other types of technicians, and some people choose to take on more schooling and become pharmacists.

Some places pharmacy technicians might be employed are at retail or private pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, outpatient hospitals, or online pharmacies. The average starting salary is $19,000 but can vary and increase depending on experience.

At LA ORT our Pharmacy Technician program ensures that you have all the tools necessary to enter this profession. Some things you will learn at ORT are:
  • how to read and fill prescriptions accurately and completely
  • methods of pharmaceutical purchasing
  • billing and collection of payment for insurance
  • state and federal regulations
  • how to prepare medication in both sterile as well as non-sterile environments
  • how to operate and maintain pharmacy equipment
  • how computers play a part in institutional and retail pharmacy environments
  • pharmacy ethics
  • medical terminology
At LA ORT our goal is to make sure that you are prepared to be licensed with the California Board of Pharmacy. Please visit our website for more information on this program, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.