Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Program Details
Credential: 
Certificate
Academic Division: 
Workforce Development

A Career in Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Technician program is designed for you to prepare to work as a pharmacy technician in hospitals, clinics or local pharmacies. Complete required courses to be eligible to sit for the Virginia State Board of Pharmacy exam and the National Certification Program for Pharmacy Technicians (PTCB). Entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician in Virginia requires one of the two certifications. You are encouraged to seek internships or work experience while completing coursework to further employment opportunities.

WCG & FANTIC Grant approved

Required Courses: 

Healthcare Communication 12 hours

Learn the essential elements of written and oral communication in healthcare settings. Discuss appropriate terminology, patient confidentiality, cultural and other influences on healthcare decisions, body language, and verbalizing pain as well as healthcare etiquette. Participants will role-play to gain confidence in communication skills.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II 28 hours

Study the human body through a systems approach, focusing on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Focus on the lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.

Pharmacy Practice 24 hours

This course will introduce you to professional roles and responsibilities in the pharmacy. Learn to manage information in pharmaceutical records systems, maintain drug inventory, prepare patient information and comply with laws and regulations governing pharmacies. Gain hands-on experience through laboratory exercises in counting, measuring, compounding, packaging and labeling prescriptions.

Note: This course should be completed in conjunction with Pharmacy Mathematics.

Pharmacy Mathematics 24 hours

Review fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, weights, metric measures (apothecary and household), dose calculations, and IV flow rates as applied in pharmacology.

Note: This course should be taken in conjunction with Pharmacy Practice.

Note: Participants should bring an inexpensive scientific calculator to each class.

Pharmacology I 24 hours

Study pharmacology through a systems approach, focusing on the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Note: Because the courses concentrate on different systems of the body, levels I and II can be interchanged in order.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Mathematics.

Pharmacology II 24 hours

Focus on the lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.

Note: Because the courses concentrate on different systems of the body, levels I and II can be interchanged in order.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Mathematics.

Pharmacy Technician Exam Prep 9 hours

Prepare for the National Certification Program for Pharmacy Technicians. Review study guides and self-assessment provided by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy. Complete mock exams to determine areas of strength and weakness and develop an individualized study plan.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pharmacology I and Pharmacology II.

Register Online

Register for classes using the Thomas Nelson Workforce Development Online Registration System.