Pharmacy Technician

SPRING and SUMMER 2018: Tuition is $500 discounted through the Dept. of Labor

Program Dates and Schedule:

Section Dates Meeting Days & Times Discounted Tuition
SPRING 2018: February 12 – May 3 Mon. 6pm-9pm
Tue. 6pm-9pm
Thur. 6pm-9pm
$1,465 w/Liability Insurance
SUMMER 2018: June 4 – August 16 Mon. 6pm-9pm
Tue. 6pm-9pm
Thur. 6pm-9pm
$1,465 w/Liability Insurance

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technician Program is a 256 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 Spring and Summer 2018 programs are approximately 2.5 months and consist of two parts as follows:

  • Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations—96 hours
  • Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Applications—160 hours

The Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations course includes in-class lecture. The Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Applications course includes in-class lab practice, lecture, test preparation, and externship hours at a pharmacy site. Students have a wide range of days and times to choose from with the various community pharmacy sites. However, students are urged to complete these hours in a timely manner and must achieve a minimum grade of 70% on exams and other competency attainment requirements in both Part 1 and 2 to earn the Certificate of Competence from Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC).

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.

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 32 (Math Statway 1) or higher is required for entry into this program. Relevant course substitutions may be considered. 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.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information/eligibility session dates listed below to determine your eligibility and to receive approval for registering. No appointment is needed and free parking is available on campus. A brief discussion on the pre-program requirements and expectations will also be presented. Please bring with you a picture I.D. and a copy of college transcripts, report cards or college diplomas, or ACCUPLACER placement test results. PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE SESSION.

November 16, 2017 Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm Kauila 109
December 7, 2017 Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm Kauila 109
January 4, 2018 Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm Kauila 109
January 18, 2018 Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm Kauila 109
February 1, 2018 Thursday 5:15pm-6:00pm Kauila 109

Registration Procedure

After you receive signed approval by attending one of the scheduled information/eligibility sessions, you will need to present the approval form with full tuition payment to the Continuing Education Registration Office in Manono 113 to register. 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

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

Dates Course Fee Course # Location & Time

SPR 2018 section: Feb 12 – May 3

Mondays 6pm-9pm Tuesdays 6pm-9pm Thursdays 6pm-9pm

$1,200: Part 1-Pharmacy Technician Foundations

$250: Part 2-Pharmacy Technician Applications

$15: Student Liability Insurance

Total: $1,465




Kauila Building room 109 and various community pharmacy sites for externship

SUM 2018 section: Jun 4- Aug 16

Mondays 6pm-9pm Tuesdays 6pm-9pm Thursdays 6pm-9pm


***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

  • 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

Degree & National Certifications

Students successfully completing the entire course (both Parts 1 and 2) 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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