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Pharmacy Tech Program Prepares Students for Growing Career Field

Thanks to the pharmacy technician program offered through Charter College, Seattle area students can earn a certificate in as little as 10 months and launch a new career.

A career in the growing health care field offers great opportunity, too with employment for pharmacy technicians in Fife and Lynnwood expected to grow by 1.3% to 3.4% per year.1,2 Financially, it could be a good move for students to make as well. Pharmacy technicians in Fife earned $42,558 last year, and Lynnwood pharmacy techs earned just over  $42,000 on average.3,4 Nationally, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies Pharmacy Technician as growing at a faster than average rate of over 20% through 2022.5

Why the demand for pharmacy technicians? Pharmacy technicians provide valuable support to licensed pharmacists. The certificate program at Charter College prepares students for this role with training in the fundamentals of pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, preparation of sterile dosage forms, customer service, pharmacy law and ethics, and pharmacy operations. The program includes hands-on instruction led by experienced industry professionals.

Through the Charter College innovative Blended Learning format, pharmacy technician students at Fife and Lynnwood campuses in the Seattle area have the convenience and flexibility of online classes along with the added benefit of hands-on training twice a week. On-campus resources, including tutoring and IT support, are free and easily accessible.

Employment opportunities for graduates from the Charter College pharmacy technician program could include positions in hospitals, medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, private pharmacies, outpatient clinics, and pharmaceutical companies. 

Students earning a pharmacy technician certificate through Charter College can be assured are receiving quality training through an accredited institution. Charter College Fife and Lynnwood became nationally accredited in 2012 through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.


1 Washington State Employment Security Department, Occupation Employment Projections, Pierce County, Retrieved April 3, 2014,

2 Washington State Employment Security Department, Occupation Employment Projections, Snohomish County, Retrieved April 3 2014,

3 Washington State Employment Security Department, Wage Projections, Tacoma, WA MD, Retrieved April 3, 2014,

4 Washington State Employment Security Department, Wage Projections, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA MD, Retrieved April 3, 2014,

5 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at (visited April 21, 2014).