Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians in Washington and Oregon are employed in hospitals and outpatient facilities. They assist licensed pharmacists in dispensing medications, assist with compounding and IV drug preparation, take inventory, stock supplies, type prescription labels, and perform other assignments as allowed by law. Pharmacy technicians, by law, are employed under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Both chain and community retail pharmacies, as well as all hospitals, employ pharmacy technicians.

The profession of pharmacy requires highly motivated and trained technicians to provide the drug preparation and distributive functions that support the medication management and pharmaceutical care duties of the pharmacist.

Clark College's program consists of classroom and practicum education and training. Students learn the theory in class, practice in a mock pharmacy mini-lab, and then apply their knowledge in actual pharmacy practicum settings.

The current certificate program includes a three-quarter, 66-67 credit course sequence. The practicum (direct pharmacy training) consists of two 120-hour experiences in different pharmacy sites under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Application Process


Admission to the program is outlined in two stages: preliminary requirements and final program admission.

Students must apply and pay an application fee to be included in selection. Application date is used in ranking students for selection, so it is beneficial to apply early.

Preliminary Requirements


  • Complete the Clark College Application for Admission and the Pharmacy Technician Application. Return them to the Clark College Welcome Center with the non-refundable program application fees (subject to change). For the current fee amounts, please visit the Pharmacy Technician website at www.clark.edu/pharmacytech. Date of Pharmacy Application (fee paid date) will be considered in selecting students for entry into the program.

  • To comply with Washington State Law [WAC 246-901-030(2)], Clark College requires that students must submit proof of high school graduation, GED completion, or U.S. degree conferment to be eligible for selection into the Pharmacy Technician program. Students must submit official transcripts in a sealed envelope to the Clark College Welcome Center.

  • Earn a COMPASS Testing score of 74 or higher in reading, or complete READ 087 or equivalent with a 2.0 grade or higher.

  • Earn a COMPASS Testing score of 78 or higher in writing, or complete ENGL 098 or equivalent with a 2.0 grade or higher.

  • Earn a COMPASS Testing score of 54 or higher in math numerical skills, or complete MATH 030 or equivalent with a 2.0 grade or higher (Math score or class must be seven [7] years current upon program entry).

  • Complete program Preliminary Requirements with a 2.0 GPA or better:

  • BMED 110 - Medical Terminology *
  • BTEC 149 - Computer Application Essentials (or BTEC 116, 117 AND 118)
  • HEOC 102 - Survey of Health Careers (formerly HEOC 090)
  • HEOC 120 - AIDS Education (or proof of 4-7 hour AIDS Education certificate)

  • Obtain a minimum Clark College cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Accepted students must complete a Washington State Patrol and FBI criminal background check

The most recent educational experience will be used to meet these criteria. Applicants are responsible for requesting their official high school and college transcripts be sent to Clark College.

Additional Requirements


Prior to program entry students must complete additional course requirements with a 2.0 or above:
  • HEOC 100- Basic Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology (must be seven years current upon program entrance).

  • OR

  • BIOL 164 AND 165- Human Biology w/lab (must be seven years current upon program entrance).
  • FACPR 032- First Aid and Health Care Provider CPR
  • BMED 138- Legal Aspects of the Medical Office

Completion of CMST&210 or CMST&230 prior to entering the program is strongly encouraged.

Final Program Admission


Upon completion of preliminary requirements and application to the program, an evaluation will be completed, and the applicant will be notified by the Credential Evaluations Office of additional procedures necessary for program consideration.

Program Progression


In order to progress from one course or quarter to the next after beginning the Pharmacy Technician program, the student must:
  • Achieve a GPA of 2.0 or higher in all courses

Graduates of the Clark College Pharmacy Technician program will be eligible for:
  • Clark College Certificate of Proficiency

  • Washington Board of Pharmacy Certificate

  • Oregon Board of Pharmacy Registration

  • National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

Please note: Completion of the Pre-Pharmacy Technician requirements does not guarantee entrance into the program. The Pharmacy Technician program has limited enrollment and Clark College reserves the right to determine admission status.

Disability Statement for Health Occupations


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at www.clark.edu/dss. Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.

Pharmacy Technician (CP)
Preliminary Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I *
3 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
or BTEC 116
APPLICATION ESSENTIALS: WORD
1 cr.
and BTEC 117
APPLICATION ESSENTIALS: EXCEL
1 cr.
and BTEC 118
APPLICATION ESSENTIALS: POWERPOINT
1 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HEOC 120
AIDS EDUCATION
1 cr.
Additional Requirements
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
or BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY *
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB *
1 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
PHAR 110
PHARMACY CALCULATIONS
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II *
3 cr.
PHAR 105
INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY
4 cr.
PHAR 112
PHARMACOLOGY I
5 cr.
PHAR 114
PHARMACY PRACTICE AND TECHNOLOGY
4 cr.
PHAR 118
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP I
4 cr.
PHAR 119
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP SEMINAR I
2 cr.
PHAR 122
PHARMACOLOGY II
5 cr.
PHAR 123
PHARMACY LAW
2 cr.
PHAR 127
PHARMACY COMPOUNDING
4 cr.
PHAR 128
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP II
4 cr.
PHAR 129
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP SEMINAR II
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 67-68
* Must be seven years current upon program entry.

General Information



Selection criteria is subject to change. For complete updated information, please refer to the application materials, available online at www.clark.edu/pharmacytech.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Successfully complete all criteria necessary for registration as a pharmacy tech in any state.
  • Exhibit effective communication skills in interactions with patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy processes and information technology to accurately and safely prepare and dispense medications in a variety of pharmacy settings.
  • Demonstrate professional clinical skills in the workplace while complying with laws, regulations, and ethical standards of practice.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Pharmacy Technician Leadership (AAT)
The Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) in Pharmacy Technician Leadership is intended for those students who would like to continue their education beyond the Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Proficiency. Currently, the Certificate of Proficiency is a one-year program. Courses required for the AAT focus on developing skill sets in leadership, business relations, and professional development. These additional skill sets will provide students with a significant advantage in securing entry-level positions as well as progressing within their career field.
Preliminary Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I *
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
or BTEC 116
APPLICATION ESSENTIALS: WORD
1 cr.
and BTEC 117
APPLICATION ESSENTIALS: EXCEL
1 cr.
and BTEC 118
APPLICATION ESSENTIALS: POWERPOINT
1 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
or BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY *
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB *
1 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HEOC 120
AIDS EDUCATION
1 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II *
3 cr.
PHAR 105
INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY
4 cr.
PHAR 110
PHARMACY CALCULATIONS
3 cr.
PHAR 112
PHARMACOLOGY I
5 cr.
PHAR 114
PHARMACY PRACTICE AND TECHNOLOGY (with lab)
4 cr.
PHAR 118
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP I
4 cr.
PHAR 119
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP SEMINAR I
2 cr.
PHAR 122
PHARMACOLOGY II
5 cr.
PHAR 123
PHARMACY LAW
2 cr.
PHAR 127
PHARMACY COMPOUNDING
4 cr.
PHAR 128
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP II
4 cr.
PHAR 129
PHARMACY EXTERNSHIP SEMINAR II
2 cr.
Additional Requirements
HDEV 120
PRACTICAL REASONING AND DECISION MAKING
3 cr.
HDEV 200
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
MGMT 101
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
MGMT 133
PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
Electives
Select a minimum of two(2) courses from the following list:
ACED 101
SURVEY OF ADDICTIONOLOGY
3 cr.
BMED 222
HEALTH INFORMATION PROCEDURES
5 cr.
BUS 110
CUSTOMER SERVICE
3 cr.
BUS 211
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
3 cr.
or ENGL 212
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
3 cr.
HUM 180
BIOETHICS
3 cr.
MGMT 106
MOTIVATION AND PERFORMANCE
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 91-94
* Must be seven years current upon program entry.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Successfully complete all criteria necessary for registration as a pharmacy tech in any state.
  • Exhibit effective communication skills in interactions with patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy processes and information technology to efficiently manage pharmacy staffing issues and activities.
  • Demonstrate professional and clinical leadership skills in the workplace while complying with laws, regulations, and ethical standards of practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy processes and information technology to accurately and safely prepare and dispense medications in a variety of pharmacy settings.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.