Prepare for a career as a pharmacy technician in as little as 36 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 9 months. No experience is necessary to enroll in our Pharmacy Technician training, only a desire to learn.
In the Pharmacy Technician diploma/certificate program, you will:
I’ve worked for my company for five and a half years now. I started out as a regular technician. I worked my way up to lead technician, where I’m responsible now for other technicians coming in. I credit everything I’ve learned as a pharmacy technician to Virginia College.
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:
If Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician program sounds like right fit for you, contact us today to learn how you can enroll.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia College’s Pharmacy Technician program graduates have found employment in a variety of settings, such as:
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:
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.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (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), http://www.ptcb.org; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm; and your state pharmacy board:
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