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Pharmacy Technician (AS) Health Sciences Total Units: 23
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Term Effective: Spring 2007


The Pharmacy Technician major 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 Associate of Science 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 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.

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.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. Click here for more information about the program, or contact the Health Sciences Department.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Pharmacy Technician (AS) program are:

  • Complete 23 units from
    • Pharmacy Technician Requirements

Pharmacy Technician Requirements - complete 23.00 units
PHARM 150Introduction to Pharmacy Technician3.00
PHARM 151Pharmaceutical Fundamentals3.00
PHARM 152Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice2.00
PHARM 153Dosage Calculations2.00
PHARM 154ARetail Clinical 11.00
PHARM 154BRetail Clinical 23.00
PHARM 155Pharmacology4.00
PHARM 156Dispensing and Compounding3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
CSKLS 100Skills for Medication Administration2.00
PHARM 100Skills for Medication Administration2.00
Hospital Pharmacy Practice for the Pharmacy Technician0.50
PHARM 157LHospital Pharmacy Clinical Experience1.50

Term Effective: Spring 2007

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.

Term Inactive: Spring 2010

Previous Versions:

Pharmacy Technician - effective Fall 2002

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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.


PHARM/CSKLS 100 is the prerequisite course to PHARM 153.
All major courses work must be completed with a "C" or better.

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