Pharmacy Technician

This certificate provides training to perform Pharmacy Technician duties in local retail and healthcare facilities.

This is a G3 program.  Students may qualify for free tuition, fees, and books.


Pharmacy Technician

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Health and Life Sciences Division

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Program Information

For the life of the program from 2015 to the present, the PTCE pass rate is 85%.

Occupational Objective: Pharmacy technicians are individuals who help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals, measuring amounts of medication for prescriptions, packaging and labeling prescriptions, accepting payment and providing information to patients. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals.

Admission Requirements

In addition to admission to the college, students must also meet eligibility requirements specific to this program, and only a limited number of students are admitted into a given cohort. If there are more applicants during a cycle than there are available positions in the cohort, eligible applicants will be ranked according to specific criteria and students are admitted or deferred according to that rank.

Please see the Admissions Information Book below for program requirements, minimum eligibility requirements, applicant ranking criteria, and other important information for prospective students.



Information Sessions

Information sessions are provided each application cycle for prospective students. The purpose of these sessions is to help students to decide if this program and profession will be right for them, and to walk students through the application and admissions process. Attendees will also be able to ask the faculty questions about the program and the profession.

Attendance at an information session is strongly encouraged for all students. Refer to the current Admissions Information Book for information regarding whether your application will be ranked based on attendance.

Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022, 4:00pm in Keats 107
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 12:00pm via Zoom
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022, 4:00pm in Keats 107
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12:00pm via Zoom
  • Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10:00am via Zoom
  • Thursday, December 1, 2022, 4:00pm in Keats 107
  • Thursday, December 8, 2022, 4:00pm in Keats 107

Register for an information session (required for attendance).

Apply for Admission

Applications are accepted through the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal. Hardcopy applications and applications received outside of the portal will not be considered for admission. Applying to other health sciences programs has no impact on an applicant’s qualifications for this program. Applications for previous years are not valid for current or future application years.

All applicants must be current PVCC students to begin their health sciences application. If you are not a current PVCC student, please click the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page and complete a VCCS/PVCC application.

Applications for the Spring 2023 cohort will close at 5:00pm on January 13th.  Applications are reviewed and accepted on a "rolling" basis, meaning admissions may end sooner if all seats are filled.  Sign into the Health and Life Sciences Application Portal to begin your application.