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Pharmacy Technology


Pharmacy technology programs prepare people to help dispense drugs to patients in hospitals and customers in pharmacies.

Pharmacy technology programs include topics such as:

This program prepares people to work in drugstores, hospitals, clinics, and drug companies.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in pharmacy technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Some schools require students to complete general education courses along with pharmacy courses as part of an associate degree program. This might include courses in English composition, social science, and physical and natural sciences.

In addition, many programs include externships or clerkships as part of their curriculum. These are valuable hands-on opportunities to apply the information you have learned and the skills you have developed in an actual pharmacy setting.

Things to Know

Students need to buy their own lab coats and name tags for their clerkships.

You can sit for a national certification exam after you graduate from a pharmacy technology program.

If you choose to get certified, you must renew your certification every two years by taking continuing education courses.


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Job Corps - Columbia Basin

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Edmonds Community College

North Seattle College

Pima Medical Institute-Renton

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle

Renton Technical College

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Carrington College

Spokane Community College

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Charter College--Fife

Clover Park Technical College

Vancouver Area

Charter College--Vancouver

Clark College

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Charter College--Lacey

Skagit Valley College

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Yakima Valley College