Pharmacy Technician Program

With the continued growth of the Buffalo Niagara medical corridor, qualified pharmacy technicians and certified pharmacy technicians are in great demand.

The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) Pharmacy Technician Program offers adults ages 21 and older the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience needed to obtain pharmacy technician employment.

There is no cost to attend this program. BCAT awards every student selected for our workforce development programs with scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and books.  A limited number of students will be accepted for each session.

The Pharmacy Technician Program is taught by Marie Bertola R.Ph., a New York State Registered Pharmacist and licensed instructor. The curriculum focuses on the inner workings of hospital and retail pharmacies, and the classroom reflects multiple professional environments where students are able to practice the skills they learn. Students also learn the science behind the medications dispensed through courses in Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology, along with the mathematics skills needed to complete complex calculations.

This accelerated program is offered once a year and includes 35 weeks of full-time, Monday-Friday classroom instruction followed by a four to six-week internship at one of our clinical affiliates: Kaleida Health; Catholic Health Systems; Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Erie County Medical Center. It prepares students to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification examination to become certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT).

Many types of companies hire pharmacy technicians, including:

• Hospitals
• Long-term care facilities
• Retail chains
• Independent community pharmacies
• Compounding pharmacies
• Mail order pharmacies
• Home infusion companies
• Nuclear pharmacies
• Providers of automated pharmacy systems
• Insurance companies
• Contract providers of pharmaceuticals to the long-term care industry
• Specialty pharmacies

Employers seeking to hire pharmacy technicians expect:

• Successful completion of a Pharmacy Technician program with internship component
• Strong math and science aptitude
• Excellent organizational skills
• Attention to detail
• Accuracy and thoroughness
• A commitment to the prevention of medication errors
• Knowledge of the general chemical and physical properties of drugs in manufacturing and packaging operations
• Knowledge of proper aseptic techniques in packaging and preparation of medication
• Excellent judgment and adherence to prescribed policies and procedures of the workplace
• Ability to multi- task and work efficiently in a fast paced environment
• Strong communication skills
• A serious commitment to attendance requirements

Apply today!

BCAT’s Pharmacy Technician Program is offered once a year. We start accepting applications for the program in February of each year with classes starting in June-July depending on qualified applicants. 

Visit our Enrollment page for details on how to apply. If you would like to speak to a BCAT representative or schedule a tour, please contact (716) 259-1680 or email: Registration open until class is filled. Remember this is a WALK-IN Enrollment Process.

We are partnering with PioneerRx to provide the best pharmacy software for our Pharmacy Technician training program. PioneerRx provides a true pharmacy workflow experience for our students with features and capabilities that are current with the industry’s constant innovation. The service is provided at no cost to our students to assist with real-world pharmacy practices. Learn more about PioneerRx’s pharmacy computer software at  To see how PioneerRx compares to other software providers, visit

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