Pharmacy Technician Programs Alexandria, VA

Explosive growth in the senior population, prevalence of chronic illnesses, and heavy reliance on prescription medications by both groups increase the need for pharmacy technicians. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12 percent growth in employment for pharmacy technicians from 2016 to 2026 – a rate that is faster than the average for all occupations. As pharmacy technicians take on a greater role in pharmacy operations, training and certification are essential. Employers are more likely to hire Certified Pharmacy Technicians who have the confidence to make the day-to-day operations of the pharmacy and dispense prescriptions under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Certified pharmacy technicians work in community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and mail-order pharmacies.

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Northern Virginia Community College

The pharmacy technician program at NVCC includes an optional pharmacy externship. The program prepares students to function as an integral member of the pharmacy team. It includes guidance, academic instruction, and professional training to help students achieve their greatest academic, personal, and professional potential. Course topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, pharmacy terminology, anatomy and physiology, body systems, aseptic techniques, inventory management, billing and insurance, and generic and brand name drugs. Attendance and class participation account for a major part of the grade. Missing more than 8 hours of the class will result in dismissal from the program.

Admission criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Demonstrate math proficiency and a understanding of the metric system
  • Provide proof of GED or high school diploma
  • Take a placement test if you do not have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete a drug screen
  • Complete a background check
  • Obtain CR certification
  • Provide documentation of MMR, varicella, and hepatitis immunization and a TB skin test

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Stratford University

The Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician program at Stratford University may be completed in 24 months. The program produces pharmacy technicians capable of assisting pharmacists with the preparation and dispensing of medications. Graduates are eligible to sit the PTCB exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician and work in community pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, home health care agencies, and drug wholesalers. Course topics include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, diseases of the human body, pharmacy calculations, institutional and community pharmacy operations, pharmacy informatics and technology, pharmacy administration, administrative care management, and pharmacy externship. To graduate with the degree, students must complete the core requirements, arts and science requirements, specialization requirements, and elective requirements. A clinical externship will emphasize the filling of drug orders, managing customer complaints, verifying insurance benefits, screen and review requests, select and prepare medications, process return drugs, and answer phones.

Admission criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstrate English Language proficiency
  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Submit official academic transcripts
  • Drug screen, background check, immunization, and CPR certification may be required for participating in the clinical externship

Students must complete 90 credits (20 courses) to earn the associates degree. Tuition costs $370 per credit.

West Potomac Academy

The pharmacy technician program at West Potomac Academy includes instruction in the classroom as well as clinical pharmacy experiences to prepare students to dispense medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Students will meet the state competency requirements for pharmacy technicians and also gain exposure of an arena of pharmacy related careers. In the classroom, students will learn customer service and interpersonal skills, the role of the pharmacy technician, inventory control, finance, safety, pharmacy operations, medication maintenance, dispensing medications, and billing and insurance. Program graduates will receive 1 credit. They may also move on the 2-credit course that builds on the foundation of the first course. Students learn inventory control systems, assisting pharmacists, administration and management of a pharmacy practice, and customer care. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared for success on the Nationally accredited Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).

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Metropolitan Institute of Health & Technology

The Metropolitan Institute of Health & Technology offers a pharmacy technician program that provides students with the skills need to function as a capable pharmacy technician in multiple pharmacy settings. The school maintains small class sizes to offer students the personalized attention they need to succeed. Classroom theory, hands-on lab, and a pharmacy externship furnish the skills, training, and experience need to rise to the challenge of safe and competent care.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application
  • Proof of high school diploma or equivalent
  • Attend a one-on-one interview to complete the admissions process
  • Demonstrate English proficiency

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Unitech Training Academy

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for entry-level employment in a retail or hospital pharmacy. The curriculum includes theory and practical experiences in a real-world pharmacy and emphasizes the importance of confidentiality, ethics, and professionalism. Course topics include introduction to pharmacy technician, pharmacy calculations, health insurance billing, community and institutional pharmacy operations, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, healthcare provider CPR, and pharmacy terminology. A pharmacy externship will conclude the course of study. The program covers a total of 63.07-quarter credit hours.

Admission criteria:

  • Be 17 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass the Wonderlic exam with a score of 13 or higher
  • Complete a background check and drug screen
  • Provide up-to-date immunization records

The total cost of tuition is $15,400 and includes registration and lab equipment.

ASNAAH Healthcare Training

ASNAAH Healthcare Training’s pharmacy technician program covers 100 contact hours of instruction in 10 weeks. The training provides the tools needed to produce graduates who are knowledgeable and skilled to work in a variety of pharmacy settings. Students will learn the role and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician, the laws that govern practice, receiving prescriptions, preparation and dispensing of medications, pharmacy terminology, drugs and their effects on the human body, pharmacy calculations, inventory and labeling, billing and insurance, and customer service. Graduates will be eligible to sit a national exam offered by the PTCB or NHA.

Admission criteria:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Valid photo identification
  • A criminal background check completed by ASNAH
  • Social security card
  • Valid CPR certificate (AHA Healthcare Provider)
  • TB test (PPD test/Chest X-ray, Quantiferon gold test)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Submit a completed application and fee of $50

Tuition for the program is $2000.

 

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