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Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Career Training Program

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Get trained for a new career as a Pharmacy Technician in just 9 months!  

NEW PHARMACY
TECHNICIAN PROGRAM
STARTING OCT. or NOV. 2017
or JAN. 2018
 

In 9 Months You Could Become a Pharmacy Tech!

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 an exciting career in this field. 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. 

The Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Program can prepare you for a career in this high-demand field in 9 months. Join us at our next Pharmacy Technician Program FREE Orientation to learn about the profession and our exciting program, meet our instructors and tour our lab 

Pharmacy Technicians primarily assist the pharmacist, review prescriptions for completeness and authenticity, help prepare and distribute medications, control inventory and place orders and assist in payment and billing. Clinical Pharmacy Technicians work as part of a healthcare team in a fast-paced environment. The work is very rewarding, including financially. Full-time Pharmacy Technicians 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.
 

Modularized So You Can Start Throughout the Year
The Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program totals over 460 hours of instruction, including valuable clinical training and an externship in which you will receive on-the-job training at a community pharmacy training site.  Our comprehensive, certificate program is broken down into 6 class modules, and you can begin your training with 4 of the modules. With this format, you can get started on your new career as a Pharmacy Technician almost any month of the year!

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. Compare our Pharmacy Tech program to ones costing thousands more or offering much fewer hours!

 


Who Can Enroll?

The Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Program is open to all students who will be age 18 or above by the time they start their externship. To register for the program, you must pay either the entire program fee up front or pay as you go in three installments. Only students who have registered for the program and paid their class fees may attend class. No exceptions! Registration for this program is handled through the Westside Extension office, not through West's Admissions & Records office.

This is a not-for-credit, fee-based program. While there is substantial rigor and you must successfully pass each module to continue, no grades are earned or transcripted. Your coursework will not apply to a college degree, will not transferable, and will not be counted towards any financial aid (though you may use financial aid funds to pay for the program). 

To get started, complete our Pharmacy Tech questionnaire at the bottom of this screen. If you missed the last Westside Extension FREE Orientation, then view a recent slideshare of our last orientation to learn how the Westside Extension program prepares you to work in this exciting field. Get started on your new career today!


Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician Program Features

 
  • 6 required modules (classes) for the Westside Extension Pharmacy Technician certificate.
  • Start the program in January, February, April, May, June, August, October or November. 
  • Start the program at the beginning of any of module except Hospital Pharmacy Services or Externship. The 5 classroom modules will be offered twice a year (repeating about every 6 months).
  • Finish with your Externship module at a community pharmacy training site. This module is offered throughout the year.
  • Can be completed in about 9 months.
  • Classes conveniently scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays.  Attend school while you work. See below for the list of classes.
  • Gain hands-on experience with software systems used in pharmacies, medical offices and hospitals.
  • Our clinical training gives you greater opportunities to earn money as a Pharmacy Tech and to advance in your career.
  • 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 our program to less comprehensive programs costing thousands more!
  • If you missed our last FREE Orientation, then view a slideshare of it to learn how our program prepares you to work in this exciting field. Get started on your new career today!

Pharmacy Technician Certificate - 9 Months

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program prepares you to work in retail and clinical pharmacies and other work environments.  

6 Required Modules for the Certificate Program

  • Pharmacy Calculations
  • Retail Pharmacy Operations
  • Pharmacology
  • Hospital Pharmacy Services
  • Sterile and Non Sterile Products & Compounding
  • Community Pharmacy Externship

Classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:45-10 pm & Saturdays 9 am-5 pm.


After Your Coursework is Complete - Becoming Licensed to Work

When you complete the Basic Pharmacy Technician Certificate you must become licensed as a Pharmacy Technician by the California State Board of Pharmacy before you can become eligible to work as a pharmacy tech. Your instructor will be able to help guide you through the process of becoming licensed. As is also the case for the "for-credit" program, you will be required to clear a criminal background check and drug screen as part of the licensing process.

To review the State requirements and download the license application from the California State Board of Pharmacy.


Program Costs

Our comprehensive program costs $3,300, plus the additional costs listed below.  Or you can pay as you go in three installments, totaling $3,550, plus the additional costs listed below.  Compare our cost to less comprehensive programs that cost many thousands more!  Financial Aid is not available for this not-for-credit program.  Contact the Westside Extension office at (310) 287-4475 for more information.

 

Additional costs for the program are:

  • A basic function calculator (approximately $20)
  • 2-3 sets of Scrubs (approximately $27-$52 per set) from ProWear Plus or the West LA College Bookstore
  • Criminal background check (approximately $62)
  • Clear drug screen (approximately $22)
  • Textbooks (approximately $190-$265)
  • Live Scan (electronic fingerprinting) for Licensing ($71)
  • Application Fee for Licensing for the Board of Pharmacy ($80)
  • Practitioner Self-Query Report ($16)

ABOUT YOU

Tell us about you: Answer the questions on this questionnaire and we'll get in touch with you. It only takes a few minutes to complete and it's free! Note that completing the questionnaire does not automatically register you for the next FREE ORIENTATION, which will be on Oct. 16. Please click on this link to Register for the Next FREE ORIENTATION. If you missed our last Orientation, then view a slideshare of it. Get started on your new career today!

 

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