The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) Pharmacy Technician – Entry Level 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.

Professional development includes mock interview prep and resume building techniques.

This is an intensive accelerated program that prepares students for jobs within the pharmacy industry. This program is 14 weeks of classroom instructional. Classes are Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. After completing the classroom instructional, students will complete a 130-hour internship at one of our current clinical partner sites. 

Additionally, the student will have an opportunity to take the national certification exam offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). BCAT Pharmacy Technician-Entry Level program is an “approved training site by PTCB.” We follow the best practices of PTCB and ASHP in the development of our curriculum.

  1. Buffalo General Hospital High Street Pharmacy
  2. Catholic Health Systems
  3. Discount Pharmacy
  4. Erie County Medical Center
  5. Jericho Road Community Health Center 
  6. John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

 7. Kaleida Health

8. Parkview Health System

9. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

10. Union Medical Pharmacy

11. VNA of WNY Infusion Pharmacy

12. Wegmans Pharmacy

13. Woodmark Pharmacy

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Meet the Instructor

Marie Bertola, RPh
Pharmacy Technician – Entry Level Instructor
New York State Registered Pharmacist and Licensed Instructor

We offer the BCAT’s Pharmacy Technician -Entry Level Program twice a year. Within 6 months, you are ready to start a new career.

  1. July Start Date – (Enrollment Opens in February)
  2. January Start Date – (Enrollment Opens in August)

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. 

What You Will Learn:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Community Pharmacy Software
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Professional Development

Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?


  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care pharmacies
  • Retail chains
  • Independent community pharmacies
  • Compounding pharmacies
  • Mail-order pharmacies
  • Home infusion pharmacies
  • Insurance companies
  • Specialty pharmacies
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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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