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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

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. The work is very rewarding, including financially. 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.
Pharmacy Technician Program Begins Feb. 20, 2018

If you missed our last Information Session, view a slideshare of it at the bottom to learn how our program prepares you to work in this exciting field. Please complete this orientation questionnaire so we can learn more about you!

Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Program Features
Certificate program can be completed in 6 months, plus externship.
• Class times conveniently scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays. Attend school while you work!
Certificate program is broken down into 6 class modules, allowing you to begin almost any month.
• Over 460 hours of instruction, including clinical training and externship.
• 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). 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!
• 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 Schedule
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.

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.

F. Pharmacy Externship   120 hours, schedule TBA approx. Aug. 14-Nov. 13
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.

To enroll in the full program, add the class to your cart and checkout. Also, please complete this orientation questionnaire so we can learn more about you.

To enroll in the program and pay in 3 installments, click here to go to the
Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program-Part 1.

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

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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