Pharmacy Technician

Become a critical part of healthcare and help patients recover and maintain their well-being by studying with the Pharmacy Technician Program at Austin Community College. You’ll learn to distribute safe and effective medication to patients through laboratory work, data entry, inventory management, and customer service.

What Does a Pharmacy Tech Do?

Pharmacy technicians must be highly accurate and detail oriented. Their responsibilities include:

  • Preparing prescriptions and refills
  • Labeling medications
  • Compounding medications
  • Processing claims
  • Taking inventory

How to Become a Pharmacy Tech

Students interested in a pharmacy tech job must get a certificate or an associate's degree from an accredited program. 

ACC’s Pharmacy Technician Program is unique in Texas and one of only a few programs nationwide with a dual-accredited program offering transferable college credits and continuing pharmacy education. Multiple certificates, stackable credits, and an associate degree track allow you to build your resume while working in ACC’s state-of-the-art training facility.

The Pharmacy Technician Program at Austin Community College is a special admissions program with limited availability. Students preparing for the program should select "General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences" as their major on the application. Because requirements may change, consult the program website to confirm current requirements. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study.

Pride Points

100% PTCB national certification completion

98% Job placement after graduation (program effectiveness data)

Credit transferable & dual accredited

Accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-657-3000, and the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810).

Career & Salary Information

Continued advances in pharmaceutical technology will increase the demand for trained pharmacy technicians. Graduates can work in retail and hospital settings, mail-order pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, and in advanced areas such as pediatrics, chemotherapy, and pharmacy informatics or robotics. 

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  • Pharmacy Technicians

    Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

    Hourly Wage: $

    Currently Employed:


    # people are employed as Pharmacy Technicians. This number is expected to # over the next four years.

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Awards & Program Maps


Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Pharmacy Technician

Certificate Level 1

Pharmacy Technician Level 1

Certificate Level 2

Pharmacy Technician Level 2