The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work in community and hospital pharmacies assisting pharmacists. This course provides training in basic calculations and other areas to prepare individuals to enter the job market. This class introduces students to various pharmacy practice settings and covers drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, and daily pharmacy operations. This program trains individuals to effectively assist in pharmaceutical preparations and complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment, although on the job training is still a part of pharmacy training. Students in the Pharmacy Technician program are members of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to seek certification through the Virginia Board of Pharmacy by taking the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Examination. Pharmacy Tech is a one year program that is available to 11th or 12th grade students.