Program Information

Pharmacy Technician COCC

Pharmacy Technician at COCC

Pharmacy Technician Medicine

This three-term program is developed to prepare individuals for employment in the pharmacy industry. Pharmacy technicians are skilled workers who are educated and trained to work in a pharmacy and assist in all areas of the pharmacy not requiring the professional judgment of the registered pharmacist. Some current practice areas for the pharmacy technician include retail, hospital, manufacturing, disease state management, and mail order and insurance claim specialists. The pharmacy technician processes prescriptions and medication orders and plays an integral role in maintaining the pharmacy department.

Courses are completed in an online and hybrid format, and focus on the abilities needed to assist the pharmacist and provide the skills necessary to process prescriptions accurately, participate in administration and management of a pharmacy, and maintain inventory. Topics of study include medical terminology, anatomy and functions of the human body, therapeutic classification and drug names, pharmacy procedures, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy law and interpersonal communications. Students will have a working knowledge of sterile technique, standards of practice, quality assurance and patient confidentiality. In addition, students will develop and practice communication skills needed to function in a professional setting. In order to gain workplace experience, students will also participate in a hospital and retail pharmacy practicum.

The program will prepare students to take the national certification examination to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician as required by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy and to be employed in a pharmacy setting.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician Training Program students will be able to:

  1. Accurately implement physician orders by preparing, labeling and packaging medications while working under the supervision of a licensed Pharmacist.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in pharmacy technician skills appropriate to a variety of pharmacy settings such as hospitals, retail, and community pharmacies.
  3. Communicate and work effectively with patients, coworkers and other members of the health care team.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical standards of the practice of pharmacy.
  5. Adhere to principles of patient confidentiality within the health care and community environment as defined by HIPAA  
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in pharmacy calculations, computer skills, record keeping and billing in adherence to applicable industry regulations.
  7. Acquire and maintain the national pharmacy technician certification and licensure as required by state of Oregon Regulations.

Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Completion PDF (52 credits)
(3 quarters to complete if attending full time)


In this Section