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Pharmacy Technician Certificate

It’s time for a healthy dose of success

A career as a Pharmacy Technician has great implications for your future, with recent estimates provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that the need for qualified Pharmacy Technicians will grow by 20 percent in the next seven years. This program will immerse you into the ever-evolving field of health care and prescription management so you can take full advantage of this in-demand profession.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program at CSUB will fully prepare you for this dynamic and in-demand career, giving you the skills and hands-on training necessary for continued success.



Pharmacy Technician Certification Board approved



The Pharmacy Technician program at CSUB is certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Students that complete the program at CSUB meet the education/training requirement to apply for their PTCB CPhT credential. For more information about this certification, visit the PTCB website


At A Glance

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    Credits24 CEUs

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    Average Completion Time1 year

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    Cost$6,000 (3 courses)

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    LocationCSUB Campus

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    Admission CycleFall and Spring Semesters

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    Next Application DeadlineFall 2024: August 1, 2024

Pharmacy Tech Webinar

Check out our recent Pharmacy Technician Certificate webinar where we covered all the basic features of the Pharmacy Tech program, admission requirements, tuition and payment options, and more!

Program Details

Program Advisor and Instructor

Pat Person, Pharmacy Tech Advisor

Pat Person has been a practicing pharmacist since 1984 and is currently the Pharmacy Manager at Ming & H Drugs in Bakersfield. After attending CSU Bakersfield for one year, he made his way to Corvallis, Ore., and completed his education at Oregon State University.

In addition to his responsibilities as a pharmacist, Person has been active in the local and state pharmacy associations, most recently serving as the president of the California Pharmacists Association. Pat's passion is mentoring, demonstrated by his work as a preceptor for pharmacy students at schools across the country – including University of the Pacific, the University of Washington, Campbell University (North Carolina), and the University of South Carolina.

When not precepting Pharmacy students, Pat enjoys helping students prepare to serve in the profession as technicians. He has been associated with pharmacy tech programs in Bakersfield since 2003 and is excited about the opportunity to bring his knowledge and expertise to the program at CSUB.

Person enjoys opportunities to educate others about the profession of pharmacy and has been a presenter and panel member at the UC Davis Pre-Health Professions National Conference each of the past two years.

How to Apply & Upcoming Deadlines

To apply for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program, follow the steps below. If you have any questions, call us at (661) 654-2441 and we’ll be happy to assist you with your application.

Step 1 – Fill out application

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program application is in PDF format. You can print it and fill it out by hand or fill in all the fields in Acrobat Reader, then print. Be sure to fill in all required fields, and be sure to sign and date at the bottom.

Step 2 – Application fee and submission

After you’ve completed your application, you’ll need to pay a $75 application fee (payable to CSUB by personal check, money order, or 3rd party authorization – no cash or credit cards accepted). 

CSU Bakersfield Extended Education
9001 Stockdale Highway – 30 BDC
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Step 3 – Complete basic math test

After you’ve submitted your application and application fee, you’ll need to complete a basic math skills test in person at our office. We will reach out to setup an appointment after we receive your application. The 24-question test should take you less than 30 minutes.

That’s it!

After you’ve completed the above steps, we’ll process your application and let you know about your admission status.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024 Admission:
August 1, 2024

Spring 2025 Admission:
December 1, 2024


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