2018 Vocational Program Rankings: Pharmacy Technician

The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the twelve most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” database. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under the federal government’s gainful employment criteria—pass, at risk (“zone”), or fail.

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NameMedian annual earningsAnnual debt payments as pct of earningsAnnual debt paymentsEstimated total debtGainful employment outcome
Clark College ( WA ) *$32,5170$0$0Pass
Southeast Community College ( NE ) *$31,0962.12$662$5,172Pass
Chemeketa Community College ( OR ) *$29,8462.24$669$5,227Pass
Unitek College ( CA ) °$28,5352.69$770$6,016Pass
Arizona College ( AZ ) °$27,7364.72$1,311$10,243Pass
Midlands Technical College ( SC ) *$26,9670$0$0Pass
Linn-Benton Community College ( OR ) *$26,7121.65$441$3,446Pass
Edmonds Community College ( WA ) *$26,5350$0$0Pass
Austin Community College ( TX ) *$25,8570$0$0Pass
Career College Of Northern Nevada ( NV ) °$25,6265.14$1,319$10,305Pass
Lakeshore Technical College ( WI ) *$25,6161.88$483$3,774Pass
Everest College ( CO ) $25,1945.27$1,330$10,391Pass
Capstone College ( CA ) °$25,1742.74$691$5,399Pass
Pima Medical Institute ( AZ ) °$24,8394.16$1,035$8,086Pass
Vance - Granville Community College ( NC ) *$24,7740$0$0Pass
Greenville Technical College ( SC ) *$24,4461.06$260$2,031Pass
Southeast Technical Institute ( SD ) *$23,8602.97$759$5,930Pass
Front Range Community College ( CO ) *$23,8541.64$393$3,071Pass
Blake Austin College ( CA ) °$23,7934.5$1,071$8,368Pass
Ogeechee Technical College ( GA ) *$23,6870$0$0Pass
Asher College ( CA ) °$23,3892.96$694$5,422Pass
Davidson County Community College ( NC ) *$23,0900$0$0Pass
Ayers Career College ( LA ) °$23,0055.69$1,311$10,243Pass
Carrington College ( ID ) °$22,9815.15$1,184$9,251Pass
Guilford Technical Community College ( NC ) *$22,9000.57$131$1,024Pass
Concorde Career College ( TN ) °$22,7945.05$1,153$9,008Pass
Milan Institute ( CA ) °$22,7545.76$1,311$10,243Pass
Concorde Career Institute ( FL ) °$22,7514.36$992$7,750Pass
Fortis Institute ( NJ ) °$22,7204.58$1,086$8,485Pass
Sanford-Brown College ( FL ) °$22,6976.66$1,512$11,813Pass
Western Dakota Technical Institute ( SD ) *$22,6293.28$759$5,930Pass
Carrington College ( AZ ) °$22,5425.62$1,267$9,899Pass
Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts ( CA ) °$22,3656.76$1,512$11,813Pass
American University Of Health Sciences ( CA ) °$22,0732.71$600$4,688Pass
Career Networks Institute ( CA ) °$21,9365.23$1,176$9,188Pass
Cci Training Center ( TX ) °$21,8764.75$1,040$8,126Pass
Everest College ( MO ) $21,7626.03$1,314$10,266Pass
Provo College ( UT ) °$21,7477.7$1,716$13,407Pass
Eagle Gate College ( UT ) °$21,6597.59$1,645$12,852Pass
Polaris Career Center - Adult Education Department ( OH ) *$21,6431.97$434$3,391Pass
Miami Dade College ( FL ) *$21,2910$0$0Pass
Charles A. Jones Skills And Business Education Center ( CA ) *$21,2220$0$0Pass
Lincoln College Of Technology ( IN ) °$21,1744.68$992$7,750Pass
American Career College ( CA ) °$21,1625.71$1,287$10,055Pass
Pioneer Pacific College ( OR ) °$21,0949.32$1,967$15,368Zone
Tucson College ( AZ ) °$21,0805.68$1,198$9,360Pass
Tennessee College Of Applied Technology-Memphis ( TN ) *$21,0260$0$0Pass
Brightwood College ( TX ) °$20,9176.21$1,299$10,149Pass
Everest College ( UT ) °$20,7856.73$1,399$10,930Pass
Davis Applied Technology College ( UT ) *$20,7200$0$0Pass
Concorde Career Institute ( FL ) °$20,6965.01$1,070$8,360Pass
Heritage Institute ( FL ) °$20,5765.97$1,229$9,602Pass
Rasmussen College ( MN ) °$20,3977.3$1,492$11,657Pass
Fortis Institute ( MD ) °$20,3414.84$985$7,696Pass
American Career College ( CA ) °$20,2896.46$1,311$10,243Pass
Atlanta Technical College ( GA ) *$20,2560$0$0Pass
American National University ( IN ) °$20,2476.58$1,333$10,415Pass
Horry - Georgetown Technical College ( SC ) *$20,2110.88$178$1,391Pass
Ultimate Medical Academy ( FL ) $20,2016.33$1,280$10,001Pass
Everest College ( OR ) $20,0347.82$1,567$12,243Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$19,9874.32$903$7,055Pass
Chattanooga State Community College ( TN ) *$19,9542.3$459$3,586Pass
Community Care College ( OK ) °$19,9535.33$1,065$8,321Pass
Everest College ( IL ) $19,9526.89$1,502$11,735Pass
Texas State Technical College ( TX ) *$19,9513.75$784$6,125Pass
Southern Careers Institute ( TX ) °$19,9404.87$972$7,594Pass
Sanford-Brown College ( TX ) °$19,9065.28$1,107$8,649Pass
Midwest Institute ( MO ) °$19,8506.6$1,311$10,243Pass
Sinclair Community College ( OH ) *$19,7641.85$379$2,961Pass
Sanford-Brown College ( NY ) °$19,6804.87$1,049$8,196Pass
Unitech Training Academy ( LA ) °$19,6695.15$1,023$7,993Pass
Remington College ( TX ) $19,6636.45$1,269$9,915Pass
Brightwood College ( NV ) °$19,5875.61$1,173$9,165Pass
Cleveland Institute Of Dental - Medical Assistants ( OH ) °$19,4916.9$1,346$10,516Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$19,4015.44$1,062$8,297Pass
Everest Institute ( PA ) $19,3637.52$1,458$11,391Pass
Yti Career Institute - Altoona ( PA ) °$19,3045.49$1,060$8,282Pass
Midwest Technical Institute ( IL ) °$19,2865.77$1,113$8,696Pass
Fortis College ( LA ) °$19,2835.64$1,089$8,508Pass
Heritage College ( CO ) °$19,2676.78$1,311$10,243Pass
Southern Crescent Technical College ( GA ) *$19,1760$0$0Pass
Sbi Campus - An Affiliate Of Sanford-Brown ( NY ) °$19,1577.53$1,443$11,274Pass
Virginia College ( AL ) °$19,15510.93$2,094$16,360Zone
North-West College ( CA ) °$19,1293.91$804$6,282Pass
Lamar State College - Orange ( TX ) *$19,1110$0$0Pass
Renton Technical College ( WA ) *$18,9950$0$0Pass
Laurel Business Institute ( PA ) °$18,7668.2$1,722$13,454Zone
Platt College ( OK ) °$18,7445.42$1,037$8,102Pass
Sullivan University ( KY ) °$18,71410.55$1,976$15,438Zone
Pennco Tech ( NJ ) °$18,5763.48$647$5,055Pass
Dawn Career Institute ( DE ) °$18,5054.36$808$6,313Pass
Franklin Technology Center ( MO ) *$18,4704.48$828$6,469Pass
Albany Technical College ( GA ) *$18,0650$0$0Pass
Georgia Northwestern Technical College ( GA ) *$18,0370$0$0Pass
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$17,8493.54$633$4,946Pass
Fortis College ( AL ) °$17,8284.18$754$5,891Pass
Institute Of Technology ( CA ) °$17,8087.06$1,301$10,165Pass
Brightwood Career Institute ( PA ) °$17,7166.62$1,207$9,430Pass
United Education Institute ( CA ) °$17,6217.11$1,310$10,235Pass
Institute For Business & Technology ( CA ) °$17,6066.19$1,184$9,251Pass
Everest Institute ( MI ) $17,5797.48$1,327$10,368Pass
Technical Education Center Osceola ( FL ) *$17,4970$0$0Pass
Heritage Institute ( FL ) °$17,4887.42$1,311$10,243Pass
Academy Of Careers And Technology ( WV ) *$17,4370$0$0Pass
Harris School Of Business ( NJ ) °$17,3525.7$1,041$8,133Pass
Great Lakes Institute Of Technology ( PA ) °$17,2126.58$1,134$8,860Pass
Pennsylvania Institute Of Technology ( PA ) $17,1945.58$1,043$8,149Pass
Los Angeles Ort Technical Institute ( CA ) $17,1564.57$833$6,508Pass
Laurel Technical Institute ( PA ) °$17,07411.53$2,026$15,829Zone
North-West College ( CA ) °$17,0653.98$792$6,188Pass
Heritage College ( OK ) °$16,8827.76$1,311$10,243Pass
Onondaga Cortland Madison Boces ( NY ) *$16,8624.77$842$6,579Pass
Saint Louis College Of Health Careers ( MO ) °$16,6897.73$1,311$10,243Pass
Brightwood College ( MD ) °$16,5617.54$1,256$9,813Pass
North-West College ( CA ) °$16,5374.12$759$5,930Pass
Everest College ( VA ) $16,4219.85$1,622$12,673Zone
Everest University ( FL ) $16,4208.48$1,429$11,165Pass
Trumbull Career And Technical Center-Adult Training Center ( OH ) *$16,4111.99$348$2,719Pass
American National University ( VA ) °$16,3217.92$1,294$10,110Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( NJ ) °$16,2975.8$1,033$8,071Pass
University Of Antelope Valley ( CA ) °$16,2535.65$999$7,805Pass
National College ( TN ) °$16,1127.55$1,324$10,344Pass
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$15,9686.77$1,125$8,790Pass
Southern State Community College ( OH ) *$15,9151.07$171$1,336Pass
Professional Careers Institute ( TX ) °$15,7965.2$873$6,821Pass
Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts ( TX ) °$15,79313.58$2,145$16,759Fail
All-State Career ( MD ) °$15,6953.93$663$5,180Pass
Fortis College ( AL ) °$15,4886.65$1,031$8,055Pass
Northwestern College ( IL ) °$15,3449.54$1,565$12,227Zone
Coyne College ( IL ) °$15,2427.47$1,311$10,243Pass
Dorsey School Of Business ( MI ) °$15,0574.5$759$5,930Pass
Brightwood Career Institute ( PA ) °$15,0227.82$1,298$10,141Pass
Brightwood College ( IN ) °$14,8177.74$1,311$10,243Pass
Uei College ( CA ) °$14,8118.76$1,311$10,243Zone
Fortis Institute ( TN ) °$14,4756.6$996$7,782Pass
International Business College ( TX ) °$14,4475.03$791$6,180Pass
Chester Career College ( VA ) °$14,3122.83$458$3,578Pass
Brightwood College ( OH ) °$14,1969.23$1,311$10,243Pass
Baker College ( MI ) $14,0368.2$1,195$9,337Zone
Mattia College ( FL ) °$13,9104.96$735$5,743Pass
Florida Education Institute ( FL ) °$13,8638.89$1,311$10,243Zone
Vatterott College ( MO ) °$13,55218.27$2,761$21,572Fail
American College Of Healthcare ( CA ) °$12,3747.13$1,126$8,797Pass
Intercoast Colleges ( CA ) °$10,0388.21$1,311$10,243Zone
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