Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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 totaling 160 hours and combines online learning with onsite lab practicums.

Term I, participants will learn about the Practice of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Law, Regulations, and Standards as related to technicians from a practical and administrative perspective. Certification requirements and knowledge domain areas covered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE.) will be a focus. Participants will learn basic pharmacology, therapeutic drug classes, body systems, common conditions, diseases and related medical terminology. Further, generic /brand drug names, look alike-sound alike medications, common dosage forms and routes of administration will be covered. Use of drug references and information systems are incorporated. Participants will begin basic to advanced pharmacy measurements, abbreviations and calculations. Lessons will be supported by weekly onsite lab activities.

Term II, (PREREQ: Term I, Pharmacy Tech CEU 941Q) Participants will continue basic to advanced pharmacy measurements, abbreviations and calculations as well as pharmacology. Students will learn to read and identify components of medication labels, written and electronic prescriptions, and DEA numbers in addition to processing and handling of medication and medication orders. Sterile and non-sterile compounding, sterile preparation, and Aseptic technique are incorporated. Pharmacy technology will be explored to include Inventory management, ordering systems, billing and electronic health-records systems. The importance of patient safety, medication safety, and quality assurance are discussed. Workplace interactions, professionalism and other soft-skills are incorporated. Lessons are supported by weekly onsite lab activities. Comprehensive review of topics and test-taking strategies will prepare students to sit for the PTCB exam.

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.


Pharmacy Technician Application is accepted between September 1, 2015 to January 30, 2016.  Mail or deliver a complete Application Packet to CLIMB center. (Applications submitted before September 1 will not be accepted and will be returned.)


$3140.00 excluding books. Tuition due at the time of registration or students may set up a 3 month payment plan with the PCC Business Office.   For Information in regards to the payment plan, please visit  PCC Payment Plan webpage here.


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 for ALL applicants. 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.  To schedule your COMPASS test, please contact a PCC Testing Center.