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Pharmacy Technician


Pharmacy Technician

Fast Facts

Median salary:
Tuition and fees:
$20,000 - $24,080
Program length:
55 weeks

Hands-On Pharmacy Technician Training

Prepare for a career as a pharmacy technician in as little as 55 weeks.

If you’re looking for a growing career in the world of healthcare, consider Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician program. Pharmacy technicians work with prescription medications under a licensed pharmacist, help customers, and talk to physicians’ offices.

In Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician training course, you’ll learn skills such as sterilizing equipment, creating prescription labels, and keeping inventory, preparing you for a satisfying career in as little as 15 months. No experience is necessary to enroll in our Pharmacy Technician training, only a desire to learn.

Hands-On Pharmacy Technician Classes Get You Career-Ready

When you enroll in the Pharmacy Technician course at Virginia College, you can develop the hands-on skills required as a pharmacy technician as well as the interpersonal skills that pharmacists look for in technicians. You’ll participate in labs, listen to informative lectures, and gain real-world experience through our pharmacy technician externship program.

Skills that Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician program will help you develop include:

  • Transcribing doctors’ orders
  • Preparing prescription medications
  • Interacting with patients and doctors’ offices
  • Labeling prescription medications

If Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician program sounds like right fit for you, contact us today to learn how you can enroll.

How to Become a Certified Pharmacy Technician

Upon graduation from Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician training course, you should be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (CPhT) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Our program includes a certification review course to prepare you for this exam.

A one-time testing fee for this exam is included in your tuition. Virginia College tuition also includes pharmacy technician graduates' immunizations, books and state board licensing fees.† Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Experience What It’s Like to Work as a Pharmacy Technician

At Virginia College, you can gain the knowledge and technical skills that pharmacists are looking for in a pharmacy technician. With a lab that simulates an actual pharmacy and an externship where you will work in the field, you will learn what being a pharmacy technician is really like.

A pharmacy lab and externship prepare you with real-world experience.

Through hands-on training in our pharmacy lab, you'll learn how to use a variety of pharmacy equipment and tools; make IV solutions; mix creams, emulsions and pastes; as well as learn about sterile compounding and drug dispensing. Our pharmacy lab is stocked with prescription bottles, labels, pharmacy computers and cash registers to offer a true-to-life pharmacy experience.

This program also includes an 11-week externship, where you'll get on-the-job experience working under a licensed pharmacist. Your externship may be with a pharmacy, pharmaceutical distributor, or related medical product provider in your area.

Where do Virginia College Pharmacy Technician graduates work?

Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician program graduates have found employment in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Privately owned pharmacies
  • Retail pharmacies
  • Mail-order pharmacies
  • Hospitals

What do pharmacy technicians do?

While the responsibilities of a pharmacy technician vary from job to job, most work under licensed pharmacists, fill prescription medications, and interact with customers. As a graduate of Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician training course, you will be ready to handle the following responsibilities:

  • Answer phone calls from customers and physicians’ offices
  • Measure prescription medications
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Take medication inventory and alert the pharmacist when supplies are low
  • Enter customer information into a computer system
  • Assist customers who want to speak with a pharmacist to ask questions about medications

Learn more about what a pharmacy tech does on the job.

Pharmacy Technician Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a pharmacy technician is $30,410.* This rate will vary depending on location, experience, and specialization.

If you’re looking for a Pharmacy Technician training program, request more information to learn how we can help you achieve your career goals. Pharmacy technician classes are forming now.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, (accessed August 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or a particular salary.

†The College makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students and graduates are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed, or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, job outlook, and salary information may be found at the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB),; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),; and your state pharmacy board:

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