Pharmacy Technician

Course Instructor

Course Description

General Course Prerequisites:

  • Course approved lab coats must be purchased
  • Students must have current immunizations, TB test, and purchase liability insurance.
  • Strong Attendance
  • Fees: This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922
  • Strong Communication Skills, Good Human Relation Skills, Maturity, responsibility & honesty, Sensitivity to patient privacy

Pharmacy Technician 1

Course #: 830526 - Grades:  11, 12 - Credits:  One

The Pharmacy Technician 1 course will meet every other day for the full-year, beginning on the first day of the new academic year.  

Topics covered by this course are:

  • History of pharmacy
  • Career paths
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical/pharmacy abbreviations 
  • Generic/brand identification
  • Patient/medication safety
  • Community/hospital pharmacy
  • Medical/anatomy terminology

Pharmacy Technician 2

Course #:  830626 – Grades: 12 – Credits:  Two

The Pharmacy Technician 2 course meets every day for the full academic year.  This course incorporates both classroom and clinical pharmacy experiences. The student will be given the opportunity to meet state pharmacy technician competencies as well as be exposed to the larger arena of pharmacy careers. Students in this course are eligible to sit for the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Certification provided they have a Social Security Number or a control number issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as required by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

All students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician 2 course participate in an clinical experience program during second semester with Walgreens Pharmacy. 

Topics covered by this course are:

  • Roles of the Pharmacy Technician
  • Training and Licensure Options
  • DEA forms, Controlled Substance Procedures
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacy Abbreviations
  • Pharmacy Calculations
  • I.V. and Oral Syringe Measurement and Sterile Technique for I.V. Preparations
  • Capsule Packing
  • Suspension and Solution Preparation

Certifications for Pharmacy Technician 2

  • American Heart Association Health Care Provider BLS CPR w/AED
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians of Virginia (RPhT)
  • Workplace Readiness Certification