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Pharmacy Technician

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$21,370 and $45,7101
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
36 weeks

Hands-On Pharmacy Technician Training

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 Tech 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:

  • Get hands-on training from instructors with real-world experience
  • Alternate between attending classes on campus and online, adding flexibility to your schedule
  • Take one class at a time, allowing you to focus on one subject before moving on to the next
  • Know your entire schedule from the start so it’s easy to plan around school
  • Gain actual work experience through an externship
Edwin, Graduate

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.

Edwin, Graduate

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. (Read our related post, how to turn your externship into a job.)

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

  • How to transcribe doctors’ orders
  • How to prepare prescription medications
  • How to process insurance claims
  • How to interact with patients and doctors’ offices
  • How to label prescription medications

If our pharmacy technician school sounds like a right fit for you, contact us today to learn how you can enroll.

Download Infographic: Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook

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’s pharmacy tech school, you can gain the knowledge and technical skills that pharmacists are looking for in a pharmacy technician. With experienced instructors, labs and an externship, you can 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
  • perform sterile compounding
  • complete 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 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. After completing our Pharmacy Technician classes, you will be ready to handle the following responsibilities:

  • Answering phone calls from customers and physicians’ offices
  • Measuring prescription medications
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Taking medication inventory and alerting the pharmacist when supplies are low
  • Processing insurance claims
  • Accepting payments from customers
  • Entering customer information into a computer system
  • Assisting customers who want to speak with a pharmacist to ask questions about medications

From our blog: Learn more about what a pharmacy tech does on the job.

Pharmacy Technician Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national annual wage range for pharmacy technicians is between $21,370 and $45,710 per year.1 Individual salaries will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.

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

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1 The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $30,920 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,370, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $45,710. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at (visited October 19, 2017). 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 any particular salary.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as 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.

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