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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program Beginning Spring 2014


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Pharmacy Technician is among the fastest growing occupations in California, predicted to grow by 25-35% through 2018. The West LA College Pharmacy Technician Program can prepare you for a career in this high-demand field in 9 months. Classes begin April 15. If you missed our recent FREE Orientation, then view a slideshare of it at the bottom to learn how our program prepares you to work in this exciting field.



Our Most Comprehensive Program Ever! Advanced Clinical Training Now Included.
Our Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program now includes 80 hours of advanced clinical training to better prepare you to work in all clinical pharmacy settings, including acute care hospitals and assisted living, home care, and long-term care facilities. This clinical training will also give you greater opportunities to earn money as a Pharmacy Tech and to advance in your career.

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 Techs earn between $30,000 and $40,000 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 $76,000 per year.

Our comprehensive, certificate program is comprised of 8 courses and totals over 490 hours of instruction, including an externship in which you will receive on-the-job training at a community pharmacy training site. Our program curriculum meets the requirements of the Association 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.

Pharmacy Technician Program Features
• 8 required courses for the certificate.
• Can be completed in about 9 months.
• Program starts April 15 and ends early January 2015.
• Classes conveniently scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays.  Attend school while you work.
• Externship at a community pharmacy training site.
• 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!

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Classes meet Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:45-10 pm and Saturdays 9 am-4:05 pm. The Pharmacy Operations class will meet 9 am-4:55 pm on Saturdays. Dates and times indicated below are provided for general program information only and are subject to change.

Introduction to Pharmacy  April 15-May 3
Pharmacy Technician students will gain an understanding of the roles and opportunities open to pharmacy technicians in various practice settings. Learn about pharmaceutical dosage forms, the drug development process and drug classification systems. We will introduce prescription labeling and law and ethics for pharmacy practice.

Pharmacy Calculations  April 26-May 29 (no meeting May 24)
Learn to perform the calculations related to drug dosage, measurements of strength and preparations of medications.

Pharmacology/Body Systems 1  May 27-June 14 and June 24-July 12  (no meeting July 3-6)
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.

Computers in Health Occupations  June 17-21
An introduction to the use of computers in a variety of healthcare settings. Gain hands-on experience with software systems used in pharmacies, medical offices, and hospitals.

Sterile Products  July 8-Aug. 9
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.

Pharmacy Operations  Aug. 12-Oct. 4  (no meeting Aug. 30)
Become competent in handling and preparing medications in both the outpatient and compounding pharmacy settings. An emphasis will be on handling and preparing medications following legal and ethical guidelines.

Inpatient Pharmacy Services  Oct. 7-18
Gain hands-on training in an inpatient (hospital) pharmacy setting, covering pharmacy patient profile maintenance and medication preparation, order processing and distribution using manual and automated systems.

Pharmacy Externship 120 hours, schedule TBA Oct. 21-Jan. 8, 2015
Practice your skills developed in other Pharmacy Tech courses in a community pharmacy.

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.

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).

If you missed our Free Orientation, then view a slideshow of it below.

Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Training at West Los Angeles College

Class ID: 25897
CEU's: 0
Class Fee: $3,300.00
Schedule Information:
Skip dates:
(No class on 7/3/2014, 4/12/2014, 11/11/2014, 11/27/2014, 11/29/2014, 12/23/2014, 12/25/2014, 12/27/2014, 12/30/2014, 1/1/2015, 1/3/2015)
DatesClass DaysTimesLocationInstructor(s)
4/12/2014-1/10/2015Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:05 PMCulver City, West Los Angeles College  Map Christine Tannious ; Verej Isanians 
4/15/2014-1/8/2015Weekly - Tue, Thu 6:45 PM - 10:00 PMCulver City, West Los Angeles College  Map Christine Tannious ; Verej Isanians 
Registration Closes On: April 12, 2014 12:00 AM



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