Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Program


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


This three-term program was 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, chemotherapy, nuclear medicine, compounding, home health, 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.

Inside Look At COCC's Pharmacy Technician Training Program


Certified pharmacy technicians work in a wide variety of locations, and the market is continuously expanding these roles. Currently technicians are employed in community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, long-term care pharmacies, pharmacy information technology services, medication reconciliation position in emergency rooms, drug representatives, and many more positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage in 2016 in the state of Oregon was $18.27 an hour and the national mean was $15.47, and projected job outlook is to grow by 9% from 2014-2024, faster than most careers.


Central Oregon Community College's pharmacy technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

To learn more or enroll, please contact:

Shannon Waller, MEd, CPhT - Program Director
Phone: 541.318.3722

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