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Pharmacy Technician Program

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

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for employment as an entry-level assistant to a licensed pharmacist. The program provides 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 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. 

Washington students: To meet Graduation Requirements, all Pharmacy Technician students must pass, or attempt at least twice, a certification examination. Students who do not pass, or attempt at least twice, a certification examination, are able to complete the program but will not be considered a graduate. Students unable to pass the examination on the first attempt may continue to externship.

To meet work requirements in Washington, all 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). Charter College will sponsor students who take the national exam with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board which is accredited by 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

Program Length:

10 months*

Get 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.