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.

Required Courses

Mandatory Info Session  

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This mandatory info session will provide an overview for the Pharmacy Technician Program.  Participants will be provided information about course objectives and much more.  Limited seating, registration required.  Register online today!

Pharmacy Practice   (24 hours / 6-classes)

  • 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 / 6-classes)

  • 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. Participants should bring a calculator to each class.

Pharmacology I (24 hours / 6-classes)

  • 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 / 6-classes)

  • 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 (6 hours /2-classes)

  • 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 online using the Thomas Nelson Workforce Development registration system.

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