Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists to prepare prescription medications, provide customer service and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. Pharmacy settings can include retail, clinics, long-term care, hospitals, and specialized compounding pharmacies.
The Pharmacy Technician program includes courses in pharmacy calculation, pharmacy law, and hands-on experience in a lab that mirrors industry settings.
Clark's Pharmacy Tech Certificate has been rated as the best in the nation in Washington Monthly's college rankings.
Please note that enrollment in the Pharmacy Technician program is taking place now.
The program will begin its next cohort in Fall 2021. We hope to see you begin a career
in a field that is continually growing with a large community need!
Now is a good time to take any preparatory coursework you need to enter the program. Contact our Welcome Center at email@example.com to learn more.
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. From there, students progress to two quarters of externship experience in local Portland/Vancouver pharmacies.
Clark College offers a Certificate of Proficiency 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.
For both Washington and Oregon, national certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is required to obtain a license and work as a pharmacy technician. As of 2020, in order to sit for the PTCE, a candidate must complete a program approved by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Clark College’s Pharmacy Technician Program is approved by the PTCB.
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 4% between 2019 and 2029, with a current median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $20.65 per hour.