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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program FREE Orientation

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Pharmacy Technician is among the fastest growing occupations in California, predicted to grow by 25-35% through 2018. Come to this FREE orientation to learn how the Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Program can prepare you for a career in this high-demand field in 9 months. You'll get a chance to meet our instructors and tour our Pharmacy Tech lab. Get answers to all your questions about the profession, the industry, career paths, jobs, this program, payment plans and how to enroll. You can start Jan. 2, 2018!

Now Modularized So You Can Start Throughout the Year!

The Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program totals over 460 hours of instruction, including valuable clinical training and an externship in which you will receive on-the-job training at a community pharmacy training site. Our comprehensive, certificate program is broken down into 6 class modules, and you can begin your training with 4 of the modules. With this format, you can get started on your new career as a Pharmacy Technician almost any month of the year!

Pharmacy Technicians primarily assist the pharmacist, review prescriptions for completeness and authenticity, help prepare and distribute medications, control inventory and place orders, assist in payment and billing. The work is very rewarding, including financially. Full-time Pharmacy Technicians earn between $31,000 and $46,000 per year (part-time positions also exist) and often receive benefits. Pharmacy Techs working in a clinical environment like a hospital typically earn 30-40% more per hour, up to $79,000 per year.

Our program curriculum meets the requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). When you complete the required course work and meet the state requirements, you are able to obtain a State of California Pharmacy Technician license and can work in retail pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Program Features

• 6 required modules (classes) for the certificate.
• Start the program at the beginning of any of module except Hospital Pharmacy Services or Externship. The 5 classroom modules will be offered twice a year (repeating about every 6 months).
• Finish with your Externship module at a community pharmacy training site. This module is offered throughout the year.
• Complete our program in about 9 months.
• Class times conveniently scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays. Attend school while you work.
• Gain hands-on experience with software systems used in pharmacies, medical offices and hospitals.
• Our clinical training gives you greater opportunities to earn money as a Pharmacy Tech and to advance in your career.
• Quality, experienced instructors who know the profession.
AFFORDABLE! Program cost is $3,300 plus books, materials and other required fees. Or pay as you go in three installments (total $3,550). Fees are due before first class; Refund requests only honored if made five days prior to first class.
• Compare to programs costing thousands and thousands more!

To register for the free orientation, add the orientation class to your cart and checkout. Also, please complete this orientation questionnaire so we can learn more about you.

Classes meet Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:45-10 pm and Saturdays 9 am-5 pm. Dates and times are subject to change.

Upcoming Module Schedule

C. Pharmacology    Jan. 2-Feb. 1, 2018
Learn the use and side effects of prescription medications, nonprescription medications and alternative therapies used to treat diseases affecting the muscular, skeletal, respiratory, renal, cardiovascular, hematologic and other body systems. Learn the brand and generic name, standard pronunciation, routes of administration for each medication studied and the medical terminology and abbreviations associated with the various medication therapies.

D. Hospital Pharmacy Services   Feb. 3-Feb. 15 (no meeting Feb. 16-19)
Gain hands-on training in an hospital (inpatient) pharmacy setting, covering pharmacy patient profile maintenance and medication preparation, order processing and distribution using manual and automated systems. Note that you cannot start the program with this module.

E. Sterile and Non Sterile Products & Compounding   Feb. 20-March 29 (No meeting March 31-April 6)
Learn to prepare non sterile compound mediations, including creams, ointments, lotions, gels, suspensions, syrups and capsules. Receive hands-on training in the preparation of sterile products, like IVs, which are used in hospitals and other clinical facilities. Covers aseptic techniques, parenteral calculations, sterile dosage forms and quality assurance procedures.

A. Pharmacy Calculations  April 10-May 5
Learn to perform the calculations related to drug dosage, measurements of strength and preparations of medications.

B. Retail Pharmacy Operations   May 8-June 19
Gain an understanding of the roles and opportunities open to pharmacy technicians in retail, closed-door, home healthcare, and mail order pharmacy settings. Become competent in handling and gain hands-on experience preparing medications in our lab. Learn about pharmaceutical dosage forms, practice prescription labeling and perform role-playing scenarios. An emphasis will be on workforce professionalism and handling and preparing medications following legal and ethical guidelines.

F. Pharmacy Externship   120 hours, schedule TBA approx. June 21-Sept. 20
After you have successfully completed all 5 classroom modules, practice your Pharmacy Technician skills in a real-life community pharmacy. Externships schedules are flexible so you will start your externship anytime in the year after you have completed your classroom training.

Click here to pay in full and enroll in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Full Program.

Click here to pay in 3 installments and enroll in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program-Part 1.

Note:  To participate in the clinical experiences, you must be a high school grad and at least 18 years old. You will also need to get a clear criminal background check and a clear drug screen (this and other lab materials will cost about $200).


Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

West Los Angeles College

MultipleInstructor :
1.Verej Isanians2.Christine Tannious 

Class Fee: 


Registration Closes On
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/21/2018 - 3/21/2018 Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Culver City, West Los Angeles College  Map Christine Tannious  ; Verej Isanians 

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