Certificate

This program is being discontinued. Students currently enrolled need to complete it by the end of the Spring/Summer 2022 semester.

If you have questions about this program please contact a program advisor or contact a general student advisor.

The Pharmacy Technology certificate program prepares students for a career in the field of pharmacy technology using the latest advances in processes and technologies. Students will learn how to balance a high attention to detail with patient care. Through a variety of learning experiences and clinical assignments, students will be prepared for entry-level positions in hospitals, retail stores, and other specialty areas of pharmacy practice, where they will work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.

This is a high demand, high skill program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Career Outlook

Hourly wages for pharmacy technicians vary greatly depending on the work site. Recently, Washtenaw County has shown an increase in pharmacy technician wages due to high demand.

Average hourly wage: $14.62 (~$30,000 annually)

Retail chain stores tend to have lower wages compared to hospitals, home health care agencies and pharmacy software companies.

Accreditation

WCC's Pharmacy Tech two-semester certificate program has been awarded full accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP-ACPE) since 1998.

To qualify, programs must meet or exceed 80 criteria standards, which cover areas such as training sites and experiential learning (WCC provides 360 clinical hours in 1 semester), a standard ratio of lab to classroom instruction, and a diverse curriculum that includes pharmacy math, background on drug basics, pharmacy law, and ethics.