Pharmacy Technician ASHP/ACPE Accredited Certificate

Changes have been made to the program course list and total credit hours. See addendum for details.

Pharmacy Technicians process prescriptions, prepare intravenous drugs, order and stock medications, prepare billing, and operate and troubleshoot automated drug-dispensing systems.

Successful graduates of this program are educated and trained in pharmacy technician duties and responsibilities under the dual guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

The structured classroom curriculum includes customer service, communication, prescription processing, aseptic technique, human relations, and pharmacy calculations. The clinical component of the program gives students the chance to practice the skills received in the classroom and laboratory environment. This prepares students to assume the role of a pharmacy technician in Community, hospital, long term care, compounding and other various types of pharmacies.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

This program is a combination of online, classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience. During the clinical experience quarter, students are required to attend 32 hours per week of clinical experience, Tuesday through Friday. Actual times may vary by pharmacy; most will be day shift hours. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of insurance.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician degree, students will be able to:

  • Perform mathematical calculations essential to the duties of pharmacy technicians in a variety of settings.
  • Select appropriate medication from inventory.
  • Apply state and federal laws pertaining to processing, handling, and dispensing of medications including controlled substances.
  • Apply patient and medication safety practices in aspects of the pharmacy technician’s roles.
  • Fill prescriptions/medication orders to ensure completeness, accuracy, authenticity, and safety.
  • Summarize the national test standards and information in order to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Employability Requirements

Graduation from a Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC)-approved technical training program. The PQAC requires all applicants to provide proof of passing a national pharmacy technician certification examination. Four hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-901-120. A comprehensive background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state licensing. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure. Drug use, criminal background checks, and immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician.

Physical Requirements

Students of the pharmacy technician program are required to be able to discriminate increment readings on syringes and discriminate different colored and shaped objects. Students need to be able to recognize and respond to voices under protective garb and on the phone. Excellent fine motor skills are required. Must be able to type 35 WPM. Standing for long periods of time (8-12 hours) and manipulating needles and syringes while holding their arms out in front of them is required. Ability to stand and work for long periods of time in safety equipment and garb is required. Students are expected to be able to lift 25 lbs. and push and pull carts up to 50 lbs.

Program Length

This program is approximately five quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer and winter starts.

Completion Requirements


Before starting the program, a student must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. To enter the program, a student must meet the prerequisite for college-level reading, writing, and math. They must have completed CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and CAH 102 Medical Terminology or equivalent course and be college level math ready. Students must maintain a “B” or above in all technical and general education courses to enter and continue in the program.

Students will have a comprehensive background check performed prior to their clinical rotation. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students must be at least 18 years of age by the time clinical experience starts. Students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This could include, but is not limited to, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Hepatitis B series and titer, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Current Flu, Tuberculosis Test, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations.

Students must have current American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Professional certification. Proof of immunizations records should be submitted the first day of class, unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Program Course List

CAH 105CLComputer Applications



ENGL& 101English Composition I



CMST& 220Public Speaking



MAT 108Math for Health Occupations



PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology



SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology



CAH 102Medical Terminology I


COLL 102College Success for All


PT 121Introduction to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Law


PT 120Pharmacology Part I


PT 122Generic Drug Names Part I


PT 127Pharmacy Lab #1


PT 133Pharmaceutical Calculations


PT 135Hospital Practice with Sterile Processing


PT 155Clinical Capstone Research


PT 157Pharmacy Lab #2


PT 163CAPCommunity Pharmacy Clinical Capstone


PT 165


Total Credit Hours:75


ENGL& 101 or higher

PSYC& 100DIV or higher, but not PSY 112