Pharmacy Technicians function as a vital member of the health care team preparing medications under the guidance of a pharmacist. They serve patients in a variety of pharmacy settings such as retail drug stores, department or grocery stores, medical clinics, nursing homes, mail-order pharmacies, and specialized oncology facilities.
Pharmacy Technician duties may include:
- stock, order, and maintain drug and equipment inventory
- maintain patient medication and medical records
- assist in dispensing of medications
- bill for pharmacy services, goods, and prescriptions
- non-sterile and sterile compounding of medications
- measure, mix, count, and/or label medications
- operate and maintain computerized dispensing and/or robotic machinery
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.”
The BLS lists Washington as the top paying state for pharmacy technicians in 2016 with a median hourly wage of $20.28 for about $42,000 annually. This is above the national median wage the BLS records as $15.47 an hour.
We are a Washington State approved training program and a candidate program for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacy Technician Training Accreditation.
Combining convenient on-line instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, the YVC Pharmacy Technician Program prepares students for a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Instruction includes core courses essential to all health care professionals as well as specialty courses in pharmacy technology. A simulation of a pharmacy drug preparation area in the Allied Health Laboratory allows for hands-on practice of essential psycho-motor skills. Our computer simulated lab uses innovative software powered by PioneerRX, which use real pharmacy management practices in the performance of day to day tasks and workflow processes.
The YVC Pharmacy Technician Program partners with community pharmacies in a variety of pharmacy workplace settings in the valley to provide our students with actual experiences to prepare students for entry level positions.
The following costs are ESTIMATES of the expenses students can expect during the program.
These costs do not include coursework taken prior to entry.
- Full time tuition per quarter: $1309.38*
- Total certificate lab fees:$75.00*
- Books/supplies per quarter: $250.00
- Pharmacy Assistant Application Fee for the WA State Department of Health: $25.00
Total approximate costs for the one-year certificate program of 4 quarters of full-time attendance is $6,890.52.
*Tuition and lab fees are subject to change.
**Rates subject to change; please see current rate listed in the Business Office (Deccio Higher Education Center).
The estimated costs do not include transportation, room and board, or other personal needs.