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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program-Part 1 B-C-D (starting May 8 with Retail Pharmacy Operations)

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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program - Part 1

Pharmacy Technicians primarily assist the pharmacist, help prepare and distribute medications, review prescriptions for completeness and authenticity, assist in payment and billing, control inventory and place orders. Full-time Pharmacy Techs 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. Pharmacy Technician is among the fastest growing occupations in California, predicted to grow by 25-35% through 2018. The Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Program can prepare you for a career in this high-demand field in 9 months.

Program Features

  • Certificate program can be completed in 9 months.
  • Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays. Attend school while you work!
  • 8 start times a year, you can begin your training almost any month.
  • Our clinical training gives you greater opportunities to earn money as a Pharmacy Tech and to advance in your career.
  • AFFORDABLE! Program cost is $3,300 plus books, materials and other required fees. Or pay as you go in three installments (total $3,550).
  • 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.
  • Program is WorkSource Center (iTRAIN) approved and can be provided FREE to job seekers who qualify for occupational training. CLICK HERE to find your local WorkSource Center.

Program Schedule - Part 1

B. Retail Pharmacy Operations   May 8-June 19 (No meeting May 26-28)
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.

C. Pharmacology    June 21-July 26
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   July 28-Aug. 9
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.

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

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

To enroll in enroll in the full 9-month program, click here to go to the Pharmacy Technician Full Program.

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).

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Class Details

40 Sessions
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Weekly - Tue, Thu.  
  Weekly - Sat.  

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Verej Isanians  2.Christine Tannious 



Please read:  PART 1 COVERS ONLY the modules listed in the description and costs $1,450. Part 2, covering your remaining classroom modules, costs $1,450 and will be due before you start that portion of class work. Part 3 covers the Externship module and will cost $650 and be due before you begin your Externship.

Class Fee: 


Registration Closes On
Friday, May 11, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 05/26/2018)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
5/8/2018 - 8/9/2018 Weekly - Tue, Thu 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM Culver City, West Los Angeles College  Map Christine Tannious  ; Verej Isanians 
5/12/2018 - 8/4/2018 Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Culver City, West Los Angeles College  Map Christine Tannious  ; Verej Isanians 

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