Pathways: 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.

The program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB) exam. You can visit www.ptcb.org for more information on becoming nationally certified.

Because the Pharmacy Technician class is a non-credit training, it is not eligible for federal financial aid. Following the training, students who have passed the PTCB exam have the option of an internship opportunity for college credit. More details about this optional internship opportunity through the PCC Occupational Skills Training Program can be found below.

Learn more:

Next Training Date: Spring Term, March 31, 2014.

Location: CLIMB Center for Advancement (near OMSI)

Click here for more information and the application - Applications are being accepted between February 3rd to February 27th, 2014 for the Spring Term course. Applications submitted before February 3rd will not be accepted.

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 - transcripts are not accepted in place of COMPASS scores.


Students wanting to receive job search and internship development assistance can also attend, in addition to the PCC CLIMB Pharmacy Technician class, a weekly, 3-hour Career Planning course offered through the PCC Career Pathways Program. In the Career Planning course students learn to hone their job search and internship development skills and receive job search assistance until they find employment.

Students wanting ONLY the Pharmacy Technician class can contact Bem Huynh, Academic Professional at the CLIMB for Health Professionals at phuoc.huynh@pcc.edu or visit PCC CLIMB Pharmacy Technician for additional information.

Please Note: Anyone wishing to intern or work in a pharmacy in Oregon must obtain a Pharmacy Technician License through the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. A thorough criminal background check is included in the application process. The initial license is for one year. During that year you must pass a national certification exam. Once you receive your national certification, you can apply to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Please contact the Oregon Board of Pharmacy at 971-673-0001 or visit the Oregon Board of Pharmacy website if you have specific questions


Optional Internship please contact Occupational Skills Training at 971-722-6127 for information: Students wanting hands-on experience have the option of developing a second term internship through PCC Occupational Skills Training. This process is much like looking for work.  Students take the lead role in finding their own employer to provide a work site for an internship.  PCC does not "provide" you with an internship.  PCC will guide students in developing an internship and then work with the employer during the internship period.  PCC does cover the workman's compensation for the student during the internship. To be eligible for an internship through the Occupational Skills Training Program you must have obtained your Oregon Pharmacy Technician License and national certification by passing the PTCB national certification exam.

Estimated Cost Of Training:

  • 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.
  • Additional costs for Pharmacy License and National Certification exam fees.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • 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.

Course of Study

Course Number Course Name Credits

Term 1

CEU 941Q


Pharmacy Technician -120 clock hours, Offered through PCC CLIMB for Health Professionals

WFTT23 (Optional job search preparation class offered through Career Pathways Program)


Career Planning: This course is designed to build a learning community among students pursuing career pathways courses. Students will develop their skills as a student, intern and job seeker and learn networking, resume writing, interviewing for the new occupation, internship development, etc. non-credit

Term 2

CEU 3362


Pharmacy Technician II - 48 clock hours, Offered through PCC CLIMB for Health Professionals



Term 2 (Optional - offered through PCC Occupational Skills Training) Optional Internship: Students must pass national certification exam prior to start of an Occupational Skills Training internship for college credit. Call Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233 or Occupational Skills Training at 971-722-6127.

8-16 credits


What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. Take the college placement exam workshop (optional) .
  2. Take the COMPASS placement exam. You can call one of the PCC testing centers for testing dates and times.
  3. Contact Bem Huynh at phuoc.huynh@pcc.edu or by calling 971-722-6627 for information about the Pharmacy Technician class.