pharmacy technician



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 West Los Angeles College 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. 


West's highly regarded Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program is offered through Westside Extension and is better than ever. We've added advanced inpatient and sterile products instruction to the program. This additional 80 hours of training will better prepare you to work in clinical environments like hospitals and give you greater opportunities to earn money and to advance.  


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 $44,000 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, basic certificate program is comprised of 8 courses and totals over 490 hours of instruction, including an externship at a community pharmacy training site. This exciting program can be completed in about 9 months. Our program curriculum meets the requirements of the Association of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). Compare our Pharmacy Tech program to ones costing thousands more or offering much fewer hours!


To get started, complete our Pharmacy Tech questionnaire at the bottom of this screen. On Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 pm, join us for a free live orientation where you'll meet the instructors and see the Pharmacy Tech lab. Get answers to all your questions about the job of a pharmacy tech, the industry, career paths, this program, payment plans, credit by examination and how to enroll. Get started on a new career today!


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Who may take this program?

West's Pharmacy Technician Program is open to all students who are 18 years of age and have earned a high school diploma (or GED).  Before commencing the clinical portion of this program, you will be required to clear a criminal background check  and drug screen.


To register for the program, you must pay either the entire program fee 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 is handled through the Westside Extension office.


It is highly recommended that you have college level course work in Math 115 and English 28 with a grade of "C" or better OR completion of the college assessment examination offered in the Student Assessment Center in the Student Services Bldg.


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Pharmacy Technician Program Features


  • 8 required courses for the Pharmacy Technician certificate
  • Can be completed in about 9 months.
  • The next training program begins Oct. 7 and ends mid July 2015  (Our Pharmacy Tech Programs generally start every six months in April and October.)
  • Classes conveniently scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays.  Attend school while you work. See below for the list of classes.
  • Externship at a community pharmacy training site.
  • 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! 


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Pharmacy Technician Certificate - 9 Months


The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program prepares you to work in retail pharmacies.  The certificate is approved by the California Community College Chancellor's Office.


Pharmacy Technician Basic Certificate Program--8 Classes

  • Introduction to Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Calculations
  • Body Systems I/Pharmacology
  • Computers in Health Occupations                    
  • Sterile Products  (New!)
  • Pharmacy Operations
  • Inpatient Pharmacy Services  (New!)
  • Community Pharmacy Externship
    Classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:45-10 pm & Saturdays usually from 9am-4:05 pm.
    Program starts Oct. 7 and ends mid July 2015  
    (The following program will likely start in April 2015, with an orientation in late March.)
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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.

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

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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 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
  • 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)

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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 Sept. 24, 2014.  Click here to register for the FREE ORIENTATION. Get started on your new career today!


Scroll the bar on the right to see the questions.

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