Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician Program at SCC is a three-quarter program consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical pharmacy training. Students are required to complete a National Background Check.

Students obtain the knowledge and skills in all phases of the pharmacy field: drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, aseptic techniques, and Washington pharmacy law. The school stresses skills development, acceptable work attitudes and ethics, proper work habit and job appreciation. Graduates will be prepared to work in both community and hospital pharmacy settings.

Each required course for graduation must be completed with a 2.0 grade or better before proceeding to the next quarter in all classes. Each student is required to complete 176 clinical hours in community and hospital or home health care for a total of 352 hours.


After completion of the program, students are required to take and pass the National Certification Exam before applying for a Pharmacy Technician license issued by the Washington Quality Assurance Commission (formally known at the Washington State Board of Pharmacy).

The Pharmacy Technician Program is state accredited through the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and nationally through American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). It also holds accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).

The student may enroll in liberal arts either preceding or following the professional curriculum. For an associate in applied science degree, the student must complete 25 credit hours of required courses and 7 hours of department approved electives numbered 100 or above in addition to the one-year professional curriculum.

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All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Course Title Credits
PHARM 101Introduction to Pharmacy Technician 3.0
PHARM 115Mathematics for Pharmacy Technicians 3.0-5.0
PHARM 119Pharmacology 3.0
PHARM 122Advanced Pharmacology 5.0
PHARM 123Hospital Pharmacy Dispensing and Management 5.0
PHARM 124Community Pharmacy Dispensing and Management 3.0
PHARM 130Entering the Work Environment 2.0
PHARM 131Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3.0
PHARM 132Community Pharmacy 6.0
PHARM 133Hospital Pharmacy 6.0