Virginia Western Community College


Virginia Western Community College - Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

General Info

Virginia Western Community College is a two-year public institution of higher education operating under a statewide system of community colleges. The College operates under the policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Virginia Western Community College Board.

The Program

The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare students to assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. Students will obtain a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, prepare, and dispense medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

The Curriculum

Pharmacy Technician program curriculum has been approved by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to meet the training requirements necessary for pharmacy technician registration.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for admission to the college.
  1. Developmental courses are required for students with deficiencies in English and mathematics.
  2. High school diploma or the equivalent
  3. Completion of Algebra I with a grade of "C" or better by end of Spring semester. Students who have not completed Algebra I in high school with a "C" or better will be required to take the placement test. Those who do not place above Algebra I and into Algebra II or higher on the placement test will be required to take developmental courses.
  4. Current high school or cumulative college GPA of 2.25 or higher. Cumulative college GPA is based on 12 or more credit hours in a 12-month period. GPA is calculated at the end of fall semester prior to admissions.

Admissions Procedure

  • Upon completing an application to the college and a separate application to the Pharmacy Technician program, students seeking admission to the Pharmacy Technician program must have official transcripts from all schools and colleges attended (transcripts from Virginia Western Community College or other Virginia community colleges attended are not required) forwarded to the Health Technology Information Specialist's office at Virginia Western including transcripts showing completion of a high school diploma or GED.
  • It is required that applicants submit official high school transcripts, GED scores, and all official college transcripts in one envelope to the Virginia Western Health Technology Information Office with the Virginia Western application and the Pharmacy Technician application.
  • Applicants are encouraged to see the Pharmacy Technician Advisor for information, evaluation, and advising regarding the program. Early application is encouraged.
  • Upon receipt of the qualified student's completed file by the Program Director, the applicant will be contacted for an interview.
  • Interviews typically begin in February for the fall program. Applicants whose credentials are completed by April 30 will be considered by the Pharmacy Technician Admissions Committee.


Virginia Board of Pharmacy Approved Pharmacy Technician Training Program.

Academic Degree

Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the job market as technicians, skilled, and semi-skilled workers. Upon completion of a certificate program, the graduate should have:
    1. A background in general education;
    2. The educational background and occupational training necessary for immediate employment;
    3. The skills and knowledge needed to perform satisfactorily on the job.


Virginia Western Community College
3094 Colonial Avenue Southwest
Roanoke, VA 24015

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Added: Fri Jul 23 2010
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