About the career. 

BCAT’s Pharmacy Technician – Entry Level program offers adults ages 21 and older the opportunity to gain hands-on experience needed to obtain pharmacy technician employment.

Students 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.

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.

What you will learn. 

This is an intensive accelerated program that prepares students for jobs within the pharmacy industry. This program is 14 weeks of classroom instruction. Classes are Monday-Friday from 9-3:00 pm. 

  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Community Pharmacy Software
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Professional development

After completing the classroom instruction, students will complete a 130-hour internship at one of our current clinical partner sites. 

  • Buffalo General Hospital High Street Pharmacy
  • Catholic Health Systems
  • Discount Pharmacy
  • Erie County Medical Center
  • Jericho Road Community Health Center 
  • John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital
  • Kaleida Health
  • Parkview Health Systems
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Union Medical Pharmacy 
  • VNA of WNY Infusion Pharmacy 
  • Wegmans Pharmacy 
  • Woodmark Pharmacy

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

Program information.

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

  • July 2021; enrollment opens in February 
  • January 2022; enrollment opens in August 
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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 https://www.pioneerrx.com/.  To see how PioneerRx compares to other software providers, visit http://www.pharmacysoftwarereviews.com/.

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