The Pharmacy Technician training program prepares individuals for employment in the pharmacy industry. Pharmacy technicians are skilled workers who are educated and trained to work in a pharmacy and assist in all areas of the pharmacy not requiring the professional judgment of the registered pharmacist. Courses are completed in an online and hybrid format, and focus on the abilities needed to assist the pharmacist and provide the skills necessary to process prescriptions accurately, participate in administration and management of a pharmacy, and maintain inventory. The pharmacy technician curriculum was developed using the accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and is tailored specifically to the students in the program. This program prepares students to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification exam required by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy to practice as a pharmacy technician in the state of Oregon. To earn a certificate of completion all required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (75%) or higher and students must maintain a 2.0 overall GPA or higher.
Registration for the Pharmacy Technician program is through open enrollment and seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students must meet all program prerequisites in order to register for the program.
- The pharmacy technician coursework is taught online and is accessible to both COCC and partner college students throughout Oregon. Interested students may take their pre-requisite and co-requisite coursework at the college(s) of their choice.
- Students registering for the Pharmacy Technician Program from Blue Mountain Community College will be dually enrolled at Central Oregon Community College for the Pharmacy Technician Classes.
Students from the partner schools will have to travel (at their own expense) to the Central Oregon Community College campus two times for two lecture labs during fall term and two times for two lecture labs during winter term. Travel required for lecture and the lab requirements for PHM100 and PHM 140 Pharmacy Tech Practice. (Dates to be announced)
Pharmacy Technician courses were developed using the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Accreditation Standards are tailored specifically to the students in the program. This program prepares students to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam required to practice as a pharmacy technician in the state of Oregon. The majority of the Pharmacy Technician classes are taught online from Central Oregon Community College. 180 hours of clinical experience in both hospital and retail pharmacy is required and will be conducted in Central Oregon as well as at the healthcare facilities near the partner schools.