The Pharmacy Technician Program will prepare students to assist pharmacists in their day-to-day tasks.  These professionals work under the supervision of licensed Pharmacists and other health care providers.  Program certification requires 219 hours classroom instructions and a 240-hour externship, total clock hours 459.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • Collect, organize, and evaluate patients information for accuracy
  • Prepare medication orders, inventory, stock shelves, and fill prescriptions
  • Perform aseptic technique in a horizontal LAH and prepare IV piggyback orders
  • Compute pharmaceutical calculations, reconstitute sterile drugs, and proper storage of medications
  • Compound suspensions, suppositories, capsules, creams, eye and eardrops, gels, ointments, and chewables


  • $2500 includes STRF, supplies, extern, and exam certification
  • $125 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)
  • Fee does not include CPR, uniform, fingerprint, drug screening, and textbooks
  • VCC does not provide financial aid.
  • Payment plan available

TEXTBOOK: Required textbooks are sold separately

  • The 21st Century Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Tech/ Lab Manual by Mosby’s 1/E
  • Math Calculation for Pharmacy Technician 2/E
  • Pharmacy Management Software/ A Work text 2/E 



Graduates will be qualified to apply for state registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the National Certification Exam (NHA) are optional.