Pharmacy Technician (Diploma) - Birmingham, Alabama
Get the hands-on training you need to pursue a rewarding career as a pharmacy technician. The Pharmacy Technician diploma program at Virginia College in Birmingham offers small class sizes, experienced instructors, a well-supplied pharmacy laboratory and an intensive externship program designed to prepare you to work in a retail or institutional pharmacy.
In Virginia College's 15-month pharmacy technician training program, you will receive instruction related to basic business and retail skills, medical terminology, pharmacology and pharmacy calculations. Our experienced instructors have worked in retail pharmacies, hospital and nursing home pharmacies, and mail-order pharmacies, which makes them uniquely qualified to instruct you in both theory and practice.
In our real-world pharmacy lab, you'll receive instruction on how to use the laminar flow hood, make IV solutions, prepare ampoules, mix creams, emulsions and pastes as well as aseptic techniques, sterile compounding, and drug dispensing – all in a realistic retail pharmacy setting. Our pharmacy lab is stocked with prescription bottles, labels, pharmacy computers and cash registers to offer a true-to-life pharmacy experience.
One of the most important and exciting elements of Virginia College in Birmingham's pharmacy technician program is your 180-hour externship. You'll spend that time working in at least two different practice settings such as a retail pharmacy or a hospital supervised by and learning directly from experienced pharmacists and pharmacy staff members.
In order to become certified pharmacy technicians, pharmacy tech program graduates take a national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (CPhT). The curriculum includes a certification review course to prepare for this exam. Though certification is not required to work as a pharmacy technician in Alabama, it does underscore the quality of your academic training and your commitment to a successful career as a pharmacy technician. A one-time testing fee for this exam is included in Virginia College tuition. Virginia College tuition also includes pharmacy technician graduates' immunizations, books and state board licensing fees .
Pharmacy technician graduates from Virginia College in Birmingham have gone on to work in a number of local pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens and others.
Learn more about dynamic careers in this growing1 industry. Fill out the Request More Information form today and take the first step toward a successful pharmacy technician career.
1 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Handbook, 2012 Edition, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.