Pharmacy Technician - Diploma / Certificate

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With a diploma or certificate from the Pharmacy Technician program at Virginia College you could be on your way to a career in this fast-growing, rewarding field in just 15 months.

Pharmacy Tech Jobs are Out There!

Pharmacy technician (also called "pharm tech") positions are expected to increase 20% by 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. 1 Virginia College offers a Pharmacy Technician diploma/certificate program designed to help you seek entry-level pharmacy technician jobs in settings like retail pharmacies, grocery stores, hospitals or anywhere medicines are dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.

Pharm Tech Duties

Pharmacy techs perform a variety of duties under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Our pharmacy technician curriculum will help prepare you for these duties, including:

  • Taking patient information
  • Counting or pouring medications into dispensing containers
  • Managing the cash register
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Keeping inventory
  • Conducting other routine pharmacy tasks

How to Prepare for Pharmacy Tech Jobs

In this 15-month training program in Pharmacy Technician from Virginia College, our expert instructors will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with the latest pharmacy technology and informatics. We will also teach you about the importance of patient and medication safety — including sterile technique and effective infection control procedures.

For information about program accreditation and specific class requirements at the campus nearest you, please click "Download Curriculum" below.

Hands-on Training for Pharmacy Technician Careers

In addition to your work in the classroom, you will get hands-on training in our well-supplied pharmacy lab. During these simulated lab experiences, 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.

On-the-job Work Experience is Part of the Program

An exciting part of this program is the 11-week externship, where you'll get on-the-job experience working under a licensed pharmacist. You might get placed with one of our National Externship partners which include:

  • Cardinal Health
  • CVS
  • Kmart
  • Omnicare
  • PharMerica
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • Winn Dixie/BI LO
  • Fred's Pharmacy

Getting Pharm Tech Certification — The Exam Fee is Included in Your Tuition!

In order to become a certified pharmacy technician, you must take a national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (CPhT). Our curriculum includes a certification review course to your prepare for this exam. 2 Certification is not required to work as a pharmacy technician in some states, but it can be a valuable asset when applying for jobs. 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.

Helping You Get Pharmacy Tech Jobs

Our Student Career Development team can help prepare you for success in this growing field by reviewing your resume, assisting in interview techniques and generating job leads. This team has relationships with local employers who like to hire Pharmacy Technician graduates from Virginia College because they are job ready!

Start Today!

Ready to learn more about a career in this dynamic career field? Complete the Request More Information form today and learn more about the Pharmacy Technician diploma/certificate program at Virginia College.

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014 Edition

2 Note: 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.

For North Carolina: Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at: North Carolina Board of Pharmacy registration information:; Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB); Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):