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Pharmacy Technician

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Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists to prepare prescription medications, provide customer service and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting.

The Pharmacy Technician program includes courses in pharmacy calculation, pharmacy law, and hands-on experience in a lab that mirrors industry settings.  

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Hands-on Experience in the Pharmacy

As health care becomes more technically complex, the need for individuals with dynamic thinking and problem-solving skills is important. Whether in a pharmacy, clinic, or hospital, pharmacy technicians use their skills to ensure patients’ receive the proper assistance and medication. In recent years, an increase in degreed pharmacy technicians has allowed medical providers to increase the quality of services provided and decrease medication errors.

Pharmacy Technicians have a keen sense for detail and work well in a fast-paced environment. Students in Clark’s program learn in a mock Pharmacy lab setting to gain hands-on experience in a controlled environment. Clark College offers a Certificate of Completion and expanded Pharmacy Technology curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) degree in Pharmacy Technician Leadership.

Courses offered for the AAT in Pharmacy Technology focus on developing skill in leadership, business relations, and professional development. With these additional skills aspiring pharmacy technology students gain a significant advantage in securing entry-level positions as well as advancing their career.


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians exist in a variety of medical environments. The U.S Department of Labor and Statistics forecast Pharmacy Technician jobs growing at a rate of 13%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $18.09 per hour. 

Degree Options

Pharmacy Technician
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.

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

About the Program
For Financial Aid purposes, the Certificate of Proficiency in Pharmacy Technician is open enrollment which enables all students who wish to pursue this program to complete the “Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements” (courses in the areas of English, Sciences, Medical Terminology, etc.). The “Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements” provide the foundation for the subsequent “Pharmacy Technician Core” classes (classes with “PHAR” prefix). Due to clinical space limitations, although the program of study for the pharmacy technician is open enrollment, there is an application process for students to be able to begin the “Pharmacy Technician Core” classes. The instructions in the Pharmacy Technician Program Guide explain the Pharmacy Technician requirements and the application process to be able to begin the Pharmacy Technician Core classes.

The Pharmacy Technician Program Guide is posted on the Pharmacy Technician website at: www.clark.edu/pharmacytech

Program Pathway
Clark College also offers an expanded Pharmacy Technician curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) degree in Pharmacy Technician Leadership. This degree program is intended for those students who would like to continue their education beyond the Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Proficiency. Courses offered for the AAT in Pharmacy Technician focus on developing skill sets in leadership, business relations, and professional development.

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
Completion of ENGL 098 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better (2.0) or placement into ENGL& 101
Completion of MATH 030 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better (2.0) or placement into MATH 089/090 (Must be 7 years current upon program entry).
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I *
3 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 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.
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.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
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 and must be completed by the end of the first term

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:
  • 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 work place while complying with laws, regulations, and ethical standards of practice.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Successfully complete all criteria necessary for registration as a pharmacy tech in any state.
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
Completion of ENGL 098 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better (2.0) or placement into ENGL& 101
Completion of MATH 030 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better (2.0) or placement into MATH 089/090 (Must be 7 years current upon program entry).
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I *
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 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.
HLTH 124
HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communications (5 credits required)
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.
MGMT 106
MOTIVATION AND PERFORMANCE
3 cr.
BIOL 180
BIOETHICS
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:
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • 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 work place 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.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)