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Get Started on Your Career Path Today!

Step 1 - Attend a Program Specific Orientation
Step 2 - Basic Skills Testing
Step 3 - Complete an Application
Step 4 - Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)
Step 5 - Request Disability Services (Optional)
Step 6 - Complete & Upload Required Documents
Step 7 - Counselor Interview
Step 8 - Registration & Enrollment

Pharmacy Technician (ATD)



Program Length:
1050 hours (approximately 10 months – full time)

Delivery Method:
Traditional – 100% classroom based
Hybrid:  less than 50% of required instructional hours available via distance education (online)

Days & Times:
Monday – Friday     7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Course Content:

Pharmacy Technicians generally work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist and perform tasks related to receiving, dispensing, distribution, control, maintenance, compounding, manufacturing, packaging and labeling of pharmaceutical products. Currently, pharmacy technicians are responsible for routine tasks previously performed by pharmacists and for mastering new pharmacy technology as it becomes available. Opportunities for advancement may vary with the pharmacy technician’s employer. Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn an Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)


Additional Skills Covered:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutical Procedures
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Computer Literacy
  • CPR, BLS Healthcare Provider
  • Data Processing
  • Employability Skills
  • HIPAA, Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  • Infection Control Procedures
  • Inventory Maintenance
  • IV Preparation
  • Math & Science Skills
  • Medical & Pharmacy Terminology
  • Medication Delivery
  • Metric System
  • Pharmaceutical Compounding
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Law
  • Prescriptions -Pricing, Typing, & Printing Labels
  • Purchase Orders
  • Record Keeping Skills
  • Safety and Security Procedures




  • Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program. For information specific to the Pharmacy Technician program, please e-mail the counselor at  [email protected]


  • Students enrolling in any Health Science Education program must attend a Health Science program orientation.  At that time, information about the required Level II criminal background check and drug screening, per The Joint Commission, will be fully explained. Students who do not have a valid social security number may encounter difficulty with certain state licensing agencies and registries. Contact the program counselor for specific information.


Special Note:

Standard High School or State Awarded High School diploma is required.


Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:

Completing students will be eligible to register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. Students are eligible to take the National Certification exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and State of Florida Ready to Work.


College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:

Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry certification, students may be awarded credits toward an Associate Degree by the Florida College System.  Students must enroll within two (2) years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College.  Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry certifications.


To get started in the Pharmacy Technician program, sign up today for a program orientation!

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for Pharmacy Technicians is expected to grow about 13%* between 2015 and 2023
  • Entry level wages for are about $12/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity