Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technician Program is a 305-hour non-credit program that prepares students with no background in the field for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in serving patients (receiving, processing, and filling prescriptions and medication orders; determining charges and obtaining reimbursements, including insurance and Medicare payments), maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the administration and management of the pharmacy practice.  Graduates may find work at retail or hospital pharmacies.

The online class portion is approximately four months with in-person pharmacy externship to follow and consists of two parts as follows:

  • Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations—145 hours
  • Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Externship—160 hours

The Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations course includes an online lecture. The Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Externship course includes lab practice, lecture, test preparation, and externship hours at a pharmacy site. During the externship, students have a wide range of days and times to choose from among the various community pharmacy sites.  To qualify for participation in an externship, a student will need to achieve a minimum of 70% on exams and other competency attainment requirements before being placed at a pharmacy site.  Students are urged to complete these hours in a timely manner.  A student who achieves a minimum of 70% in both Part 1 and Part 2 will earn the Certificate of Competence from Kapiʻolani Community College.

To be eligible for entry into this program, the student will need to meet certain English and Math prerequisites to register. Please see the section on Program Admission.

Spring 2022

  • February 15, 2022 to June 16, 2022
    w/ Pharmacy Externship to follow
  • Mon. 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Tue. 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Thur. 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Tuition: $2,265 w/Liability Insurance
  • *** The UH System has the HANA Career Pathway tuition subsidy for those who qualify.  More info provided at the information sessions.

Program Info

Program Admission

Admission into the program is on a FIRST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED basis. The program has limited enrollment and you are strongly encouraged to register early to secure a seat.

Qualification or completion of both English 100 (Expository Writing) and Math 82 or higher is required for entry into this program. If you have not completed college-level English and math courses, you may take the ACCUPLACER placement test offered through our testing center at KCC. Minimum reading and math placement scores are required as noted above and valid within the last two years. Relevant course substitutions may be considered. Please inquire with the program coordinator.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information sessions listed below. They will be conducted through Zoom. Program information and expectations as well as registration and qualification procedures will be discussed. Applications will be distributed after each session. PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE ZOOM SESSION.

*** Zoom meeting link:

Zoom meeting ID # 930 4729 9098


November 10, 2021 Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
December 1, 2021 Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
January 5, 2022 Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
January 26, 2022 Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
Registration Procedure

After you qualify for enrollment, you will be provided with online registration instructions. Once full payment has been received, you are enrolled in the program. There is limited seating and students are accepted on a First Qualified, First Accepted basis. Textbooks are provided on the first evening of class.


A 100% refund is given if cancellation of enrollment is made at least ten (10) business days before the start date of the course.  A 50% refund is given if cancellation is made five to nine business days before the start of the program.  No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start of the program.  Student Liability Insurance ($15) is non-refundable.

Financial Aid

The UH System is offering the HANA Career Pathways Tuition Stipend through a federal grant. More information will be provided at the scheduled information sessions.

Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are another option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.

For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.

Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.

Curriculum & Tuition

Spring 2022:
February 15, 2022 to June 16, 2022
w/ Pharmacy Externship to Follow

  • Mondays 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Tuesdays 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Thursdays 6:30pm-9:30pm

Course Fees:

  • Part 1-Pharmacy Technician Foundations – $2,250
  • Student Liability Insurance – $15

Total Cost: $2,265

***The UH System has the HANA Career Pathway tuition subsidy for those who qualify.  More info provided at the information sessions..

Course #: HLTH3700

Location: Course is conducted online with an in-person pharmacy externship

Note: We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons.  All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand the history and development of Pharmacy, laws, and ethics
  • Understand common human diseases and pathological states and its treatments
  • Be able to identify the roots and origins of newly learned medical terminology including drug terms and definitions
  • List factors that affect drug action and adverse effects and be able to identify common side effects of commonly prescribed drugs
  • Demonstrate fluency with pharmacy calculations, dosage formulas, and solution calculations
  • Demonstrate effective compounding and sterile preparations
  • Demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills of an effective pharmacy technician to perform in a pharmacy setting under the supervision of a registered pharmacist
Certificates and National Certification

Students successfully completing the entire course (both classroom and externship) will receive a Certificate of Competence from KCC.  Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  Those passing this exam will be given the designation of CPhT, or Certified Pharmacy Technician.



Contact Information

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