The Pharmacy Technician program consists of both classroom and clinical education and provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to qualify for entry-level positions in retail and chain, hospital, and mail order pharmacies.
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties. Their duties include receiving prescription requests, counting tablets, packaging, compounding, labeling bottles, and recording of drugs. Hospital duties include making drug mixtures to fight infection, preparing cancer medications, and making 24 hour liquid food. Technicians perform administrative functions such as answering phones, stocking shelves and operating cash registers.
Graduates of this program will complete the "Application for Pharmacy Technician" under the Program Director's certification with submission to the Washington State Department of Health - Board of Pharmacy to obtain certification.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 25% from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The scientific advances to new drugs and increased number of middle-aged and elderly people, who use more prescription drugs, will spur the demand for pharmacy technicians. Pay varies by experiences, employer and locality. For current available jobs and pay information in Washington, visit www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.
Pharmacy Tech Program Requirements
- Completion of prerequisites, transfer students can see which prerequisites transfer here
- Completion of immunizations record
The Pharmacy Tech certificate, after completing your prerequisites, has a total of 36 credits and is usually completed in three (3) quarters; typically two (2) quarters of educational courses and one (1) quarter of education course work concurrently with a 264 hr. practicum at an approved affiliate. During the third quarter, or after completing the program, you will be responsible for taking and paying for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) national test. You must pass this test in order to submit your requests for licensure to the state of Washington. There are two test options available for you to take, PTCB or ExCPT. Review our Pharmacy Tech Planning Sheet to help you map out your plan.
If you would like to set up an advising appointment, please contact Enrollment Services. For additional Pharmacy Tech program information and questions please contact one of our Pharmacy Tech advisors: