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Associate in Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician

Realize High Personal and Financial Reward Through a Career in Pharmacy

As the demand for quality healthcare continues to grow, so does the need for skilled Pharmacy Technicians. Pharmacies are in constant need of qualified Pharmacy Technicians with a strong knowledgeable of medications and their contraindications, skills to process and dispense prescriptions accurately, and the ability interact professionally with patients, particularly those in a vulnerable state.

Stratford University’s Associate in Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician program will prepare you to assume these roles, and more.  During your training, you will become familiar with medications currently prescribed for the treatment of illnesses and diseases based on a systems method and participate in hands-on lab activities. Specifically, Stratford’s associate degree program will teach you how to:

  • Integrate knowledge from pharmaceutical sciences as a basis for client education
  • Maintain patient records and prepare insurance claims;
  • Build an understanding drugs and their applications;
  • Utilize professional, ethical and legal standards in healthcare customer service;
  • Utilize proper techniques for mixing and dispensing medications; and
  • Label pharmaceutical products, manage inventory, and
  • Recognize the names of trade versus generic drugs

Completion of Stratford’s AAS in Pharmacy Technician program prepares you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s certification exam. You can also sit for certification exams by the National Association of Health Professionals (NAHP), the Nationally Registered Title of Certified Pharmacology Technicians (NRCPhT), and the National Healthcareer Association of Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT).

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Our talented Career Services staff has an excellent track record in helping students overcome barriers to landing their dream job. As a result, Stratford graduates have secured exciting jobs in the DC metropolitan area and throughout the U.S. Some of the finest healthcare facilities in the DC region employ our graduates, including:

  • NOVA Nurses Home Care Agency
  • Infinity Home Health Services
  • Sunrise Senior Living

Here is a sampling of rewarding career paths waiting for you:

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Compounding Lab Technician
  • Pharmacy Service Technician
  • Pharmacy Implementation Specialist

Take the next step towards launching your career as a Pharmacy Technician. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Program Requirements and Online Courses

You can complete your Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician degree through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, through a combination of both online and classroom instruction. Arts and Sciences courses can also be completed online. Students typically complete this program in 60 consecutive weeks (6 quarters).

Credits Required Number of Classes
Core Component 67.5 15
Arts and Sciences 22.5 5
Total Required for Graduation 90 20

Best-in-Class Faculty

Stratford's faculty is comprised of some of the top healthcare professionals in the field all of whom possess either a Pharm. D., a Certified Pharmacy Technician with Master's Degree, a Master’s of Science in Nursing, a Ph.D. or other medical degree. These health care professionals are licensed by the State of Virginia and have expertise in specialty areas such as Maternal Child Health, Medical Surgical Nursing, and Nursing Policy. Because they are practicing professionals, they are able to apply theory and real-life scenarios to classroom instruction. 


As a healthcare student at Stratford, you will obtain practical experience by engaging in on-site clinical experiences and accessing advanced technological resources that will help develop your talents in patient care. Through our Internship Program you can work in some of the top healthcare facilities, including Kaiser Permanente.

State-of-the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers learning environments that facilitate competency-based learning, testing and evaluation, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Our School of Health Science is equipped with advanced medical teaching tools, such as the SIM mannequin and simulation labs—all designed for scenario-based training that will enhance your learning experience. In addition, we maintain small class sizes, which are ideal for lab activities and encourage collaboration and information sharing among students.

Healthcare Programs that Fit Your Busy Schedule

Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or 10 weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September). The accelerated programs at Stratford University allow students to finish a Bachelor’s degree in 30 months or a Master’s degree in 15 months.

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition & fees for this program, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer information on Stratford’s Associate in Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician.

Code Name Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I
Medical Terminology
Basic Clinical Procedures
Anatomy and Physiology II
Pharmacology I
Pharmacology II
Medical Office Practice
Pharmacy Calculations
Institutional & Community Pharmacy Ops
Institutional & Community Pharmacy Lab I
Institutional & Community Pharmacy Lab 2
Advanced Administration Technical Lab
Pharmacy Maintenance, Safety & Quality A
Administrative Inpatient and Outpatient
Pharmacy Externship

See the Arts and Sciences Elective Pool Requirements

Code Name Credits