This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.
The Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Achievement prepares students to be registered pharmacy technicians and for employment in a variety of pharmacy
settings. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the Pharmacy Technician certificate and are qualified to apply to the
California State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a pharmacy technician. Registration is a legal requirement for employment. Graduates of the
certificate program are also encouraged to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. While not currently a state requirement for
employment, many employers provide increased compensation to pharmacy technicians once they become nationally certified.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
For students interested in an Associate Degree, a Pharmacy Technician major is available.
Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to perform technical duties in the systematic operation of the
pharmacy--providing health care services and medications to patients. Technicians may perform many of the same duties as pharmacists; however, all of a
technician's work must be checked by a pharmacist before medicine can be dispensed to a patient.
Duties may include, but are not limited to: 1) compounding (measuring, weighing, and mixing) medicinal drugs; 2) preparing and labeling medicines; 3)
filling bottles and capsules with the correct quantity of medicine; 4) issuing medicines to customers; 5) stocking and taking inventory of prescription
and over the counter medications; 6) maintaining patients' medication profiles on computerized or written records or forms; 7) filling orders for unit
doses and prepackaged pharmaceuticals; and 8) preparing insurance claim forms. Depending on the position, the technician may also manage third party
billing, answer telephones, direct customers to items or to the pharmacist for medication consultation, receive written prescriptions, clean and
sterilize dispensing bottles and instruments, answer questions regarding non-drug products, and operate a cash register. Since pharmacy technicians
interact daily with co-workers, patients and health care professionals, good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
A licensed pharmacy technician can find employment in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, home health care pharmacies, nursing home pharmacies,
clinic pharmacies, mail order prescription pharmacies, and with pharmaceutical companies. Employment opportunities for graduates of community college
Pharmacy Technician programs are excellent. Changes in the California State Pharmacy Law requiring registration have created an increasing demand for
trained pharmacy technicians.
Successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program qualifies the student to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for licensure as a
pharmacy technician, which is a legal requirement for employment. Graduates are encouraged to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification
Exam. Currently not a requirement, many employers provide increased compensation to pharmacy technicians once they become nationally certified.
- Pharmacologically classify a drug after having been presented with its generic name, brand (trade) name, chemical name and indication;
- interpret current federal and state legislation and name the agencies regulating the practice of pharmacy;
- create patient profiles utilizing information obtained from the prescription and the patient;
- read and write proper medical notation on the drug order and interpret information on drug labels and stock bottles;
- calculate the oral dosages of drugs, both solid and liquid forms based on currently accepted pharmaceutical mathematics;
- describe the pharmacological action, therapeutic effects, common side effects, doses and drug interactions of common medications prescribed to treat dysfunction of selected body systems; and
- describe common pharmaceutical measuring, weighing and compounding devices and accurately use the metric, apothecary, avoirdupois and household systems to count and measure.
The requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program are:
Complete 19.5 units from
- Pharmacy Technician Requirements
|Pharmacy Technician Requirements - complete 19.50 units|
|PHARM 102||Pharmaceutical Calculations for the Pharmacy Technician||2.00|
|PHARM 103||Critical Thinking and Management Skills for the PT||2.00|
|PHARM 150||Introduction to Pharmacy Technician||3.00|
|PHARM 152||Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice||2.00|
|PHARM 154A||Retail Clinical 1||1.00|
|PHARM 154B||Retail Clinical 2||2.00|
|PHARM 156||Dispensing and Compounding||2.50|
|PHARM 157||Hospital Pharmacy Practice for the Pharmacy Technician||0.50|
|PHARM 157L||Hospital Pharmacy Clinical Experience||0.50|
The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.
The California State Board of Pharmacy may deny licensure for felony or misdemeanor offences. It is the responsibility of the student to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation prior to licensure and/or secure a pre-application process with the Board, independent to the program admission application.
- All courses must be completed with a "C" or better.
- PHARM 150 (delivered online) is only offered in the Summer semester and it is suggested that students take CSKLS 334- How to Take an Online Class, before enrolling for PHARM 150.