Pharmacy Tech

This certificate program is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a pharmacy technician. The coursework will fulfill the requirements of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy and prepare students to take the national examinations, Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or Exam Certified Phlebotomy Technician (ExCPT). Trained, experienced pharmacy technicians, who can demonstrate the right skills and knowledge, have many exciting and respected career options, and are well-positioned to pursue postsecondary study in the pharmacy field.

Pharmacy Tech I

Course Competencies:

  • Exploring the World of Pharmacy
  • Building a Professional Career
  • Communicating in the Pharmacy Setting
  • Applying Pharmacy Calculations
  • Incorporating Safety Procedures
  • Introducing Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Pharmacy Tech II
Course Competencies:
  • Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients
  • Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems
  • Participating in the Administration and Management of Pharmacy Practice
  • Describing the Opioid Crisis
  • Examining the Key Factors of Drug Addiction
  • Understanding Pain Management Protocols
  • Working with Patients and Caregivers

Quick Facts: Pharmacy Technicians

2019 Median Pay

$33,950 per year ($16.32 per hour)

Typical Entry-Level Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs, 2019


Job Outlook, 2019-29

4% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2019-29