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Pharmacy Technician

Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, this certificate prepares students for a career as a pharmacy technician. Instruction includes core courses essential to 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 psychomotor skills. Clinical practice in hospitals and retail pharmacies provide actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Apply Here Deadline: August 1 by 1 pm.

About the Program

This certificate is 55 credits and the associate of applied science degree option is 90 credits in length. Students may complete the certificate course of study in a year or the applied associate degree in two years.  A program application is required, and twenty students may be accepted annually by the use of a competitive point system.

We are a Washington State approved training program, accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and a recognized and approved program by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

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Combining convenient on-line instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised experiential practice, the YVC Pharmacy Technician Program prepares students for a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, CPhT. 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 psychomotor skills.  Our computer-simulated lab uses innovative software powered by Pionee​​rRX,​ which use real pharmacy management practices in the performance of day to day tasks and workflow processes​.

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 Pionee​​rRX,​  which us​e 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.

Program Prerequisites include:

  • MATH 075 (or placement into MATH 085 Pre-algebra)
  • Placement into college level English, ENGL&101
  • Pharmacy Assistant License Application completed for the Washington State Department of Health

Additional coursework is located in our catalog.

Course Requirements

Contact Us

Pharmacy Technician Program

alliedhealth@yvcc.edu  509.574.4913​​