Pharmacy Technician

A pharmacy technician works under a pharmacist's direction in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical companies and other health care facilities. They fill orders for patients, manage third party insurance reimbursements and complete an array of other related tasks.

CLIMB's Pharmacy Technician Program is a two part course with 120 hours over twelve weeks in the first term and 48 hours over four weeks in the second term.  In the first term, students gain knowledge of the legal, professional and administrative roles of technicians and familiarity with commonly used drug classes, mechanisms of actions, and therapeutic uses. Medical terminology and anatomy and physiology concepts are also presented. Basic to advanced prescription, compounding and IV additive calculations are incorporated in a quickly paced, intensive learning environment.  In the second term, students gain expanded knowledge of pharmacology as well as lab experience for both retail and hospital environments.

Is it right for you?

Students who have an understanding of basic algebraic principles for solving word problems using equations and who have completed some basic sciences would be most suited for this course. The program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB) exam.


Applications are being accepted between February 3rd to February 27th, 2014 Spring Term course. Application submitted before February 3rd will not be accepted.


  • Pharmacy Technician (CEU 941Q) - 120 clock hours; registration fee $2,349, Does not include books.
  • Pharmacy Technician II (CEU 3362) - 48 clock hours; registration fee $899 (includes lab fees and all supplies).  Does not include books.


Written proof of minimum COMPASS testing scores of at least 50 in Pre-algebra, 82 in Reading and 70 in Writing must be submitted with the student application. COMPASS scores are REQUIRED and transcripts are not accepted in place of COMPASS scores. If more students apply, who meet the prerequisites, than we have seats available, applicants will be rank ordered by COMPASS scores with an emphasis on math scores. English as a Second Language: You must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently in order to successfully complete the program and obtain employment. We recommend placement into Level 8 of PCC’s ESOL program (equivalent to placing into the ESOL 264 class) for success. To schedule your COMPASS ESOL test, please contact a PCC Testing Center.


Classes will be held at CLIMB Center for Advancement (near OMSI).