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Pharmacy Technician

2018-19 Pharmacy Technician Grad Guide (PDF)

Certificate of Completion
Major Code:  510805
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Pharmacy Technician two-term certificate program prepares students for work in entry-level positions in hospitals and retail pharmacy settings. Students will learn to prepare prescription orders under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, perform applicable pharmacy calculations, and comply with federal and state regulatory agency laws and regulations. Upon completion of this program students will be able to perform all the duties required in any pharmacy practice setting. Students completing this program will be prepared to take the national Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam, although certification is not an employment requirement at this time.

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Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for Pharmacy Technician Certificate program are:

Accurately implement physician orders by preparing, labeling and packaging medications while working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. 

Demonstrate proficiency in assisting pharmacists in preparing, storing, and distributing medication products appropriate to a variety of pharmacy settings.

Perform accurate pharmacy calculations and proficiently apply computer skills, record keeping and billing in adherence to applicable industry regulations. 

Apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills effectively and compassionately within a team setting.  

Uphold legal and ethical standards and adhere to principles of patient confidentiality within the health care and community environment as defined by HIPAA.

Maintain industry standards of quality control and safety principles in the workplace.

Demonstrate professionalism through acceptable attitude, organization and time management skills, and attire.

Prepare for the national pharmacy technician certification and licensure as required by state of Oregon regulations.

Entry Requirements

Pharmacy Technician is a cohort-based program and enrollment is limited.

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements (AH100, BT113 or WR115 or designated placement test score, CS120 or documented proficiency, MTH60 or MTH63 or designated placement test score) before starting the program. Visit for program details.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate program coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit earned in conjunction with local high schools will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to students admitted to the program during the current academic year. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program and receive their certificates. If certain required courses are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicate a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BT113 Business English I or WR115 Introductory to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-4
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency
Note: Successful completion of CS120, or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years, fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or MTH63 Applied Algebra I or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 3-15

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title
First Term    
BI100SB Biology of Human Systems
Note: Students who have completed either BI121 and BI122 or BI231, BI232, and BI233 (the entire sequence of either series) with an equivalent “C” or better grade do not need to take BI100SB.
DA202 Infection Control 2
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
HE252 First Aid/CPR 3
PRX101 Pharmacy Technician I 4
Second Term
AH105 Communication and Professional Behavior 2
AH165 Introduction to Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians 2
BA109 Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job 2
MTH64 Pharmacy Calculations 2
PRX102 Pharmacy Technician II 4
PRX123 Law and Ethical Issues for Pharmacy Technicians 2
  Approved program elective(s) 3-4
  Total Program Credits 32-33
Approved Program Electives (3-4 credits required - additional prerequisites may apply)
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
CG155 Exploring Careers in Health Care 3
HE112 Emergency First Aid 1
HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider 1
SP100 Basic Communication 3
SPAN101, SPAN102, SPAN103 First Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
SRV101 Service Learning 1
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2

For more information regarding the program and selection process, contact the Allied Health Occupations Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7841
Toll free in Oregon: 800-460-6766, Ext. 7841
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711