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Certificate in Pharmacy Technician

Start a Rewarding Career in Healthcare with Pharmacy Technician Training

If you want a job in healthcare that doesn’t involve direct patient care, a career as a Pharmacy Technician may be a rewarding path for you. You can provide valuable support to pharmacists and prepare necessary medications for customers and health professionals. And Washington is one of the top-paying states in the country for this occupation. Contact Charter College today to begin training for a career as a Pharmacy Technician.

Pharmacy Technician Classes and Curriculum

The Certificate in Pharmacy Technician program provides you with the knowledge and technical skills you need to find an entry-level position as a pharmacy technician. In classrooms and labs, you learn how to calculate drug dosages, identify sterile and nonsterile products, prepare dosage forms, and use computer technology to enhance your potential for employment. In addition, you will complete assignments such as reading, exercises, problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations.

Pharmacy technician topics that you will cover include:

  • Pharmacy Operations and Administration
  • Pharmacy Calculations and Measurements
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Compounding
  • Infection Control and Safety
  • Pharmacy Law and Ethics
  • Health Care Compliance

View the complete list of Pharmacy Technician courses in the Charter College Handbook.

Pharmacy Technician Certifications

To become employed and practice as a Pharmacy Technician, you must pass a national exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). To work in Washington, you must also be licensed by the Washington Department of Health.

Pharmacy Technician Externship Requirement

As part of the Certificate in Pharmacy Technician training program, you are required to complete a 180-hour externship program in a sponsored pharmacy facility under the direction of a site supervisor. You must complete 63 credit hours in the Pharmacy Technician program and demonstrate program competencies to the lead instructor before you begin your externship. You will also need to be licensed as a Pharmacy Assistant by the Washington Department of Health, Board of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission before you attend the externship.

Pharmacy Technician Program Length

40 weeks or 10 months

In as little as 10 months, you can get started on a rewarding career as a pharmacy technician. Charter College starts classes every five weeks providing unparalleled flexibility and our unique learning approach helps you to graduate on time.

Pharmacy Technician Blended Learning Delivery Method

The Certificate in Pharmacy Technician program is available in a blended learning format. The combination of classroom and online learning gives you the flexibility to balance your classwork with family, work, and other commitments.

Pharmacy Technician Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Pharmacy Technician program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the transcribing skills, compounding procedures, and appropriate operational functions of pharmacy technicians defined by state and local regulations and/or licensure requirements.
  • Explain the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior necessary to perform as a competent entry level pharmacy technician in a variety of settings.
  • Identify and describe the legal and ethical standards, guidelines, and regulations pertinent to the pharmacy field and pharmacy technicians.
  • Demonstrate the importance of professionalism, communication, and collaboration skills in the professional setting.
  • Explain and perform appropriate administrative tasks effectively.

Prepare for Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Careers

The Certificate in Pharmacy Technician program prepares you to handle the duties and requirements of entry-level Pharmacy Technician positions. You can seek employment in hospitals, medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, private pharmacies, outpatient clinics, and pharmaceutical companies.

Charter College Campuses that Offer Pharmacy Technician Training

The Certificate in Pharmacy Technician program is available at Charter College in Fife, Lacey, and Vancouver, WA.

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Virtual Lab Tour 

Take a self-guided, virtual tour of our Pharmacy Tech lab by clicking the play button below.