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Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares professionals to to enter the pharmacy technician field, one of the fastest growing jobs in the US, and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam for Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist primarily in retail pharmacies or hospitals.

Course content includes an explanation of pharmacy law and ethics; an extensive review of medical terminology and abbreviations used in pharmacy; defining drugs by generic brand names; an overview of the health system as it relates to pharmacy technicians; inventory methodology; compounding techniques; aseptic techniques; pharmacy calculations; and basic pharmacology including anatomy and physiology. To be successful in this class, students must have taken math and science in high school. This training includes a review of basic math.

Registration in this course includes instruction, textbooks, drug test, background check, certification preparation, practice exams and a one-time certification exam. 

Requirements for the PTCB Certification Exam


  • A high school diploma or GED
  • No conviction of a felony related to drugs
  • No felony during the five (5) years prior to the exam
  • If felony more than five (5) years prior to the exam, court documents must be provided for review by PTCB to determine eligibility prior to the exam

Applications to work as a Pharmacy Technician in West Virginia are handled through the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.  Individuals that are certified pharmacy technicians (pass the PTCB exam) are required to complete a 20 hour workplace based training program under the supervision of a Pharmacist prior to applying for registration with the WV Board of Pharmacy.  KVCTC will work with students to obtain placement for a 20 hour workplace experience.  An optional, six week unpaid clinical experience in a hospital setting is available to students that complete the course and pass the PTCB certification exam.


Financial Aid Information

Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Grant Program funds may be available for students who demonstrate financial need to continue their education on a part-time basis at the post-secondary level. 

Contact Cynthia Woodworth (304.205.6690); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for information on eligibility requirements and applications for HEAPS grants.


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Information on salary and benefits 




Phone: (304) 205.6603
Online: Register Now!
2001 Union Carbide Drive
S. Charleston, WV 25303

Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, gender, age,color, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin. For more information: Michelle Bissell, Title IX Coordinator (304) 205-6600.