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Pharmacy Technician Training

Pharmacy technicians provide valuable support to licensed pharmacists. If you have been considering a career in healthcare, consider Charter College for pharmacy technician training.

Our Pharmacy Technician training program prepares students for employment as an entry-level assistant to a licensed pharmacist. Our program provides the fundamentals of pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, preparation of sterile dosage forms, customer service, pharmacy law and ethics, and pharmacy operations. Our program includes hands-on experience to prepare students for a career as a Pharmacy Technician.

Employment opportunities for graduates with their pharmacy technician certificate can include positions in hospitals, medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, private pharmacies, outpatient clinics, and pharmaceutical companies. 

All students must attest to (see Admissions Requirements – Institutional) having a high school diploma, a recognized equivalency certificate (e.g., GED), or have passed State-authorized examination recognized as the equivalent of a high school diploma (e.g., (e.g., High School Equivalent Test (HiSET) or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), or other State-authorized examination).

Washington students: In order to work in the state of Washington as a Pharmacy Technician, students are required to pass a national pharmacy technician certification examination administered by a program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Program Highlights:

  • Training in pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, preparation of sterile dosage forms, and pharmacy operations
  • Customer service
  • Pharmacy law and ethics
  • 180-hour externship at a local pharmacy or clinic

Program Length:

10 months*

Begin on a path to a career as a Pharmacy Technician started sooner. Charter College offers a flexible year-round schedule. Classes enrolling now.

Offered at Charter College campuses in Lacey, Fife, and Vancouver.

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*Students must meet admission requirements found in the Catalog & Student Handbook.