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Pharmacy Technician in a pharmacy


Pharmacy Technician


West offers both a “For-Credit” and Westside Extension career training path to prepare for a career as a Pharmacy Technician.  Both paths meet the state requirements to obtain a State of California Pharmacy Technician license allowing you to work in retail pharmacies, hospitals and other healthcare settings. 


"For-College Credit" Program

The "For-College Credit" path allows students to earn basic and advanced Certificates of Achievement and/or an Associate Degree. Classes taken on this path may fulfill requirements for other Associate Degrees and/or toward university transfer requirements. Qualified students may also receive financial aid if enrolled on this path. 


Westside Extension Career Training Program

The Westside Extension Career Training path allows students to train to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician in 9 months, a few months faster than the “For-College Credit” program. The Westside Extension path is structured as 6 modules and is comprised of approximately 460 hours of instruction, including a 120-hour externship program. The modules allow you to start training up to 8 times a year, beginning in almost any month. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays. No pre-requisite classes are needed for this not-for-credit, fee-based program offered through Westside Extension. Click here for more details on this program.