Virginia Pharmacy Technician Requirements and Training Programs

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Pharmacy technicians work pharmacy counters, attending to customers’ needs and dispensing medication. They work in various health care settings, from hospitals to retail locations, executing numerous tasks that don’t need the professional judgment of a pharmacist. Their primary responsibilities include managing inventory, labeling, dispensing and formulating medications, billing, and data entry. Pharmacy techs must communicate effectively with customers and other medical professionals. They should be knowledgeable about the medications they dispense in order to respond to patient questions. Virginia’s pharmacy technician training programs, managed by the Board of Pharmacy, ensures prospective technicians obtain the knowledge and techniques required to support licensed pharmacists. A Board-developed state exam measures technicians’ knowledge of the basic responsibilities as required by Virginia Law.

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Virginia Pharmacy Technician Requirements

License Requirement

Licensed pharmacies must, by law, hire board-registered pharmacy technicians only. If you’re enrolled in an approved pharmacy technician training program, you can work as a technician behind the counter for a period of nine months. However, you must complete the program and fulfill all other requirements for registration during the 9-month grace period. Your employer, for inspection purposes, must maintain records on site indicating that you’re enrolled in an approved program. While Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy accepts PTCB certification as a prerequisite for registration (in lieu of state training), applying to take the exam does not grant permission to work as a pharmacy technician. If you want to work while waiting to take the PTCB, you must enroll in a state-approved training program.

After graduating from the program, you must pass a Board of Pharmacy approved examination before submitting your online application for registration. There are currently only two Board approved exams: the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Exam or the ExCPT exam.

Age Requirement

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to register as a pharmacy technician in Virginia.

Education Requirement

Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy does not prohibit non-high school graduates from registering as pharmacy technicians. However, many Board approved training providers require a high school diploma or GED as a prerequisite to enrollment. Also, if you were to take the national certification route for registering with the Board, you’ll need to have a high school diploma to take the PTCB or ExCPT exam.

Other Requirements

The Board of Pharmacy requires all candidates seeking registration to complete a criminal background check. The Board may refuse to grant registration based on a review of your criminal history. Pending felony charges or crimes involving moral turpitude, and violations of state, federal or local drug laws can affect your ability to register as a pharmacy technician. If you have a history or substance abuse or drug dependency, the Board will need confirmation from your doctor that you’re capable of performing your duties as a pharmacy technician.

The Pharmacy Technician Program

Content

State approved training programs provide classroom instruction along with laboratory and clinical experience to prepare graduates for employment as pharmacy technicians at hospitals, retail outlets, health care agencies, and other health care settings. The training covers all aspects of federal and state laws as they pertain to the pharmaceuticals. Other essential topics include pharmacology (drugs and their interactions in the human body), side effects, and the use and abuse of drugs. Pharmaceutical calculations helps students learn the basics of drug preparations, and package and distributions helps them assist pharmacists with these common activities. To complete the training, students must participate in a practical learning experience by working for a stipulated period in a hospital or community pharmacy.

Program graduates are prepared to sit Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy exam as well as the PTCB or ExCPT exams for national certification.

Duration and Cost

Pharmacy technician training costs depend on the what the program offers in terms of certification. Certificate and diploma programs run for 6 to 20 weeks, and the average cost of tuition is $8,500. Other programs facilitate as much as 36 weeks of instruction and cost $14,800 for tuition only. All programs have associated costs attached, which students must budget for: textbooks, course materials, registration, background screening, CPR, uniform, immunization and exam fees are just some of the extra costs of pharmacy tech training.

National Exams

Graduates of Virginia’s state-approved pharmacy technician programs may apply for the state’s pharmacy technician exam, managed by Schroeder Measurement Technologies. The exam contains 50 questions, which candidates must complete in one hour. There are multiple versions of the standardized test. The passing grade for the exam is 75 percent or over. Candidates should be knowledgeable of the following six domains to increase chances of success: The key domains include, drug storage and inventory management, alternate drug delivery systems, dispensing process, regulated sales and record keeping, drug identification and general pharmacy laws. Testing centers for the state exam are available in Abingdon, Roanoke, Norfolk, Richmond, and in the Washington, DC area. The fee for testing is $75.50.

If you prefer national certification (good if you plan to move to another state), you can apply for the ExCPT exam, accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, to earn the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). National certification increases your employment opportunities nationwide. The cost for the exam is $105.

As an alternative to formal training and state certification, you can challenge the PTCB exam for national certification, which the Board of Pharmacy accepts for registration. The PTCB exam contains 90 multiple choice questions in the two-hour exam. You must score 650 out of 900 to pass the exam. The PTCB requires a high school diploma and criminal background check for Board certification. You must also meet the biennial continuing education requirements to maintain certification. Registration for the PTCB exam is $129.

Acquiring Your State License

Application

Currently, the Board of Pharmacy accepts online application for registration only. After filling out and submitting the application online, you must submit copies of your social security card, state ID to validate your citizenship or resident alien status, PTCB certification or certificate of completion from a state-approved program, and your results from the state certification exam. The Board will also need a report from your criminal background check and the $25 fee to process the application. Once approved, the Board will notify you of your successful registration within 7 to 10 business days.

Renewal

You must maintain your registration in order to continue working as a pharmacy technician. Registration is due annually, and the cost for the renewal is $25. Pharmacy techs must also complete a minimum of 5 hours of continuing pharmacy education annually. The hours must be from an ACPE approved program or certain Category 1 CME, or a program that the Board of Pharmacy approved. Credits earned outside of these requirements will not qualify for registration renewal.

Transfers

Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy does not approve transfers from other states through reciprocity or otherwise. Out-of-state technicians, certified by the PTCB, can apply for registration using their national certification. All other technicians must complete a state-approved training program and apply for registration as outlined above.

Virginia Board of Pharmacy
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
Phone: (804) 367-4456
Fax: (804) 527-4472
Automated License Verification: (804) 270-6836
Email: [email protected]

State Approved Pharmacy Technician Training Programs in Virginia

Abingdon, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Washington County Public Schools

225 Stanley Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

540-628-1870

Virginia Highlands Community College

P.O. Box 828, Abingdon, VA 24210

276-739-2400

Arlington, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Arlington Career Center

816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204

703-228-5800

Arlington Career Center

816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA 22204

703-228-5800

Arrington, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Blue Ridge Medical Center

4038 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Arrington VA 22922

434-263-4810

Big Stone Gap, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Mountain Empire Community College

3441 Mountail Empire Rd., Big Stone Gap VA 24219

276-523-2400

Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

276-523-7489

Carlisle, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Ahold Pharmacy Tech Training Program

1149 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17013

717-960-5776

Charlottesville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

American National University

3926 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22911

434-295-0136

Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Edu. Center

1000 E. Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

434-973-4461

Chester, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Chester Career College

751 West Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23836

804-751-9191

Chesapeake, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Everest College-Chesapeake

825 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake, VA 23320

757-361-3900

Clintwood, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Hancock Lambert

P.O. Box 146, Clintwood, VA 24228

276-926-6707

Danville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

American National University

336 Old Riverside Drive, Danville, VA 24541

434-793-6822

Danville Community College

1008 South Main Street, Danville, VA 24541

434-797-8494

Medical Solutions Academy

Danville VA 24540

434-836-8393

Deerfield, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Walgreen Company- Walgreen’s Tech Builder

200 Wilmot Road- MS #2161, Deerfield, IL 60015

847-914-2309

Dublin, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

New River Community College

5251 College Drive, Dublin, VA 24084

540-674-3633

Fairfax, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Fairfax County Public Schools

3877 Fairfax Ridge Road, Fairfax VA 22030

571-423-4552

Fairfax Family Practice

3650 Joseph Siewick Drive, Suite 101, Fairfax VA 22033

Falls Church, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Stratford University

Falls Church, VA 22043

703-734-5314

Fisherville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Valley Vocational Technical Center

49 Hornet Road, Fishersville, VA 22939

540-245-5002

Franklin, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Paul D. Camp Community College

100 N. College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851

757-569-6050

Fredericksburg, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

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Career Training Solutions

10304 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 400, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

540-373-2200

Cowan Pharmacy Technician Program

2571 Cowan Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

540-479-6900

Health Care Solutions by Katoria LLC

1135 Heatherstone Dr. Suite 22, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

540-735-0801

Metropolitan Technical Institute

Fredericksburg VA 22404

703-249-5050

Glen Allen, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Stratford University

11104 W. Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060

804-290-4231

Grundy, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Buchanan County Public Schools

P.O. Box 833, Grundy, VA 24614

276-935-4551

Buchanan General Hospital

Route 5, Box 20, Grundy, VA 24614

276-935-8718

Harrisonburg, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

American National University

1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802

540-432-0943

Hampton, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Thomas Nelson Community College

Office of Workforce Training & Continued Education

99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, VA 23666

757-825-2937

Henrico, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Allied Pharmacy Technician Training Program

5809 Lakeside Ave. Suite G1-C, Henrico, VA 23228

804-554-7859

Virginia Pharmacy

2212 Carlisle Avenue, Henrico, VA 23231

804-334-2274

Edgenuity Online Pharmacy Technician Training

9507 Woodman Road, Suite B, Henrico, VA 23228

804-517-4029

J.T. Pharmacy

9507-B Woodman Road, Henrico, VA 23228

804-517-4029

Highland Springs, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Henrico County Public Schools

100 Tech Drive, Highland Springs, VA 23075

804-781-1820

Hillsville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Nuckolls Certified Pharmacy Technician Training (NCPTT)

100 Carroll Street, Hillsville, VA 24343

276-728-2731

Leesburg, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Loudoun County Public School – C.S. Monroe Technology Center

715 Children’s Center Rd., SW, Leesburg VA 20175

703-771-6463

The Compounding Center

36-C Catoctin Cir SE, Leesburg VA 20175

703-779-3301

Locust Grove, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Germanna Community College

2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508

540-423-9030

Lorton, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Metropolitan Institute of Health and Technology

8170 C Silverbrook Road, Lorton VA 22079

703-463-0695

Lynchburg, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

American National University

104 Candlewood Court, Lynchburg, VA 24502

434-239-3500

Central Virginia Community College

3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502

434-832-7680

Manassas, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

ECPI-Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

10021 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA 20109

703-330-5300

Martinsville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

American National University

905 North Memorial Blvd., Martinsville, VA 24112

540-632-5621

Patrick Henry Community College

645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville VA 24112

276-656-0248

Matthews, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Harris Teeter’s Technician Training Program

701 Crestdale Road, Matthews, NC 28105

704-844-4147

Mechanicsville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Hanover County Public Schools

Mechanicsville, VA 23116

804-365-4546

Family Care Pharmacy

7016 Lee Park Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23111

804-514-1406

Middleton, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Lord Fairfax Community College

Middletown, VA 22645

Monroe, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Old Dominion Job Corp Center

1073 Father Judge Road, Monroe, VA 24574

434-929-4081

Newport News, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

New Horizons Regional Education Center

13400 Woodside Lane, Newport News, VA 23608

757-874-4444

Stratford University

836 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601

757-873-4235

Professional Technical Learning Center, LLC

11524 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 202, Newport News VA 23601

757-232-0469

Norfolk, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Fortis College

6300 Center Drive, Bldg. 22, Norfolk, VA 23502

757-499-5447

Gray’s Pharmacy

4712 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk VA 23508

757-489-4848

Norfolk Public Schools

1330 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502

757-368-4150

Portsmouth, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Tidewater Community College

120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701

757-822-2301

NCA Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Portsmouth, VA 23701

757-761-2120

Powhatan, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Gregg Management Training Program

1800 South Creek One, Powhatan, VA 23139

804-379-6986

Richlands, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Southwest Virginia Community College

P.O. Box SVCC, Richlands, VA 24641

276-964-2555

Richmond, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Bremo Pharmacy Technician Preparatory Course

2002 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230

804-285-8055

Cardiac Connections Health Educators, LLC

1506 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23230

804-308-3588

Dream Academy Pharmacy Technician Program

2 East Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, VA 23222

804-228-8200

Family 1st of Virginia Healthcare and Safety Training Center

2317 Westwood Avenue, Suite 201-B, Richmond, VA 23230

804-359-9378

Fortis College

2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, VA 23230

Global Institute of Technology Services

1311 High Point Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230

804-562-4798

Sargeant Reynolds Community College

700 East Jackson Street, Richmond, VA 23219

804-786-1375

VCU School of Pharmacy

Richmond, VA 23298

804-828-4246

Virginia College in Richmond

7200 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225

804-977-5138

Westwood Pharmacy

5823 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226

804-288-1933

The Technician Trainer

7166 Club Road, Richmond VA 23228

804-304-3630

Professional Career Institute

Richmond, VA 23236

804-327-9740

Richmond Technical Center

Richmond, VA 23230

804-780-6237

Roanoke, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

The Kroger Company

3631 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke VA 24019

540-563-3602

Virginia Western Community College

3093 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke VA 24015

540-857-6476

West Pharmacy

2012 Electric Rd., Roanoke, VA 24018

540-774-5500

Down Home Pharmacy Technician Training Program

40 Summers Way #101, Roanoke, VA 24019

540-966-4858

Fast Track Health Care Education

3201 Brandon Ave. Suite 8, Roanoke, VA 24018

540-819-9400

New Horizons            New Horizons Healthcare

3716 Melrose Ave, NW, Roanoke VA 24017

540-283-2552

Rustburg, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

ExCelTech Training

P.O. Box 1005, Rustburg, VA 24588

434-332-1730

Saint Paul, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Hamilton Pharmacy

16610 Russell Street, Saint Paul, VA 24283

276-762-9080

Salem, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

National College

1813 E. Main Street, Salem, VA 24153

540-986-1800 X235

Scottsville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Scottsville Pharmacy Technician Training Program

295B East Main Street, Scottsville, VA 24590

434-286-6009

South Boston, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Halifax County Public Schools

P.O. Box 310, South Boston, VA 24592

434-575-2077

Springfield, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Northern Virginia Community College

6699 Springfield Center Dr., Springfield, VA 22150

703-822-6523

Stockton, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Pharmacy Technicians University

3120 W. March Lane, Stockton, CA 95219

209-472-2240

Suffolk, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Medical Training of Virginia, LLC

P.O. Box 1147, Suffolk, VA 23439

757-404-3251

SpeedGifter

140 W. Washington Street, Suite 106, Suffolk, VA 23434

888-596-5885

Virginia Beach, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

ECPI University

5501 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

757-497-8400

Stratford University

555 S. Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

757-497-4466

West Point, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

West Point Pharmacy

West Point, VA 23181

804-843-4450

Weyers Cave, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Blue Ridge Community College

P.O. Box 80, Weyers Cave, VA 24486

540-453-2215

Wilkesboro, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Wilkes Community College

1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

336-838-6276

Williamsburg, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Heart to Heart Career Training Center

312 Waller Mill Rd, Suite 600, Williamsburg VA 23185

888-505-1277

Woodbridge, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Woodbridge Pharmacy

14904 Jefferson Davis Hwy #206, Woodbridge VA 22191

703-491-6802

America School of Nursing & Allied Health

14910 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191

703-490-8402

Express Pharmacy

1690 Old Bridge Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22192

703-494-8000

Everest College

14555 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192

571-408-2101

Stratford University Woodbridge Campus

14349 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192

703-897-1982

Wytheville, VA Pharmacy Technician training programs:

Wytheville Community College

1000 E. Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382

276-223-4829

Other Pharmacy Technician training programs approved by Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy:

CVS/pharmacy

1 CVS DRIVE – mail code 2325, Woonsocket RI 02895

401-770-7055

MRxI Professional Pharmacy Technician Program

1001 Ogden Avenue, Suite 201, Downers Grove IL 60515

630-541-3600

National College of Business and Technology

1328 Hwy 11 West, Bristol, TN 37620

423-878-4440

Rite Aid Corporation

30 Hunter Lane, Camp Hill, PA 17011

717-975-5768

Univ. of Florida College of Pharmacy (online)

Gainesville FL 32609

352-273-6275

Supervalu Pharmacies

3030 Cullerton Dr., Franklin Park IL 60131

847-916-4272

Target Corporation

1000 Nicollet Mall, TPS-1799, Minneapolis, MN 55431

804-418-7403

National College of Business and Technology

420 Hilltop Drive, Princeton, WV 24740

304-431-1600

Pass PTCB.com

5806 Woody Grove Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079

571-332-0212

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