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Pharmacy Technician

Career Studies Certificate

Pharmacy technician assists a pharmacist in giving out prescribed medication.

Be part of a rewarding health care field after just two semesters

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations

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Do you want to be part of a growing field in health care without spending years and years in school?

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician prepares you to work in hospitals, clinics and retail pharmacies, where you are the liaison between pharmacists and customers or patients.

TCC's certificate is recognized by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy as an approved training program. You will learn how to order, stock, package, prepare and dispense medications under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Get started in one of the most trusted fields in health care. Pharmacy ranks second in Gallup’s annual poll in ethics and honesty among professions.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work prepares students to sit for the Virginia Pharmacy Technician exam and the national exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

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Admission Forms and Information

The Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician requires the following:

What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Portsmouth Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
24 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,448.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Graduates of this program are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce in retail and clinical settings. You can also choose to pursue another health professions program at TCC.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • have excellent communication skills
  • are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • are detail-oriented
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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100% pass rate on the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Exam. After 8 classes, you're ready to take the test!

Gain hands-on experience with a second-semester internship that could lead to immediate employment

Day and evening classes offered

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $27,622


Health care careers still in high demand (TCC CareerFocus magazine)


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* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.