The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program prepares students for the role of support personnel in hospital, clinical, community, and other pharmacy settings. Working under the direction of a licensed pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians provide assistance to the pharmacist in a variety of technical tasks involving the packaging, distribution, compounding, labeling, and recording of drugs. Students will receive training in drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, third-party billing, and Washington State pharmacy law. In addition to lecture, students will have hands-on training in a lab environment and an opportunity to complete a practicum experience. This certificate requires four to five quarters of full-time attendance to complete the program of study, and has 15-20 credits of prerequisite course requirements prior to fall entry.
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If you are interested in working in the field of Pharmacy, our Workforce Planning Guide is designed to provide you with recommended courses to complete your Pharmacy Technician , certificate. Of course, educational plans may vary, based on which quarter you begin, how many credits are taken, and placement into Math and English. To keep you on the best pathway, we encourage you to consult with an Academic Advisor for scheduling options.
Program Maps are an integral part of our Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a suggested quarterly sequence of courses so you could earn your degree within two years of full-time study. Your Program Map is also designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, which is required of all SVC students. To start creating your Educational Plan, please consult with an Academic Advisor.
Program Map - Pharmacy Technician Certificate