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Pharmacy Technician

Learn what it takes to work as a pharmacy technician in community, clinic and hospital pharmacies.

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Why choose Pharmacy Technician?

Chemeketa offers a one-year Pharmacy Technician certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Pharmacy Management.

Our program prepares students for occupations in a wide variety of health service areas as well as preparing those currently working in the field to take the national board exams.

The Pharmacy Technician program is the first program in Oregon that is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Our program is also a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Recognized Education/Training Program.

Accreditation Logo for Chemeketa Pharmacy Tech program Pharmacy Technical Certification Board Recognized Education/Training Program logo

What will you learn?

In Chemeketa’s pharmacy technician program, our experienced faculty will teach you about helping pharmacists through a mix of classroom and lab work.

The skills you'll learn at the certificate level –

  • Organize and maintain patient records and inventory control systems
  • Accurately compound and prepare prescriptions under the direction of a licensed pharmacist
  • Use aseptic technology to prepare prescriptions in specialized pharmaceutical settings

The skills you'll learn at the degree level –

  • Provide leadership as a pharmacy manager using effective communication strategies, including speaking, listening, writing, negotiating, and persuasion
  • Use accounting principles for inventory management and cost containment
  • Ensure regulatory compliance and patient safety within the pharmacy organization

See Course Sequences for more information.

What will you do?

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies of all sizes. They work directly under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. You can work in many different settings –

  • Retail pharmacies
  • Clinic pharmacies
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Accreditation

    The Pharmacy Technician program is the first program in Oregon that is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Our program is also a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Recognized Education/Training Program.

  • Program Cost

    Once admitted to the program, the following approximate expenses must be paid prior/during the program: 

    One Year Certification:

    Tuition: $4,356
    Universial Fees: $1628
    Program/Lab Fees: $719

    Total Tuition/Fees: $6,703

    *Total tuition/fees does not include prerequisite classes

    Second Year AAS - Phamarcamy Management

    Tuition: $4,752
    Universial Fees: $1,776
    Program/Lab Fees: $214

    Total Tuition/Fees: $6,742

    *Tuition/fees listed for AAS does not included required certificate program cost

    Additional Costs:

    • Immunizations/TB tests approx. $150.00
    • CPR class approx. $80.00
    • Immunization Tracker/Drug Screen approx. $68.00
    • Equipment Kit approx. $30.00
    • Oregon Board of Pharmacy License fee (includes fingerprinting & background check) approx. $142
    • Fingerprinting Site Processing fee approx. $12.50
    • Passport-sized Photo approx. $15.00

    Helpful Resources:

    Course Sequence

    Coure Descriptions

  • Student Success Rates

    Spring Student Success Rates

    Academic Year 2018-192019-202020-212021-22
    Completion Rate 92% 40%    
    Licensure Exam Pass Rate 78%      

    Fall Student Success Rates

    Academic Year 2018-192019-202020-212021-22
    Completion Rate 81% 100%    
    Licensure Exam Pass Rate 79% 73%    
  • Program Admission Criteria

    Applicants are required to: 

    • Be eligible to work in the United States
    • Be 18 years of age upon application for initial licensure
    • Have a High School Diploma or GED Certificate
    • Pass a criminal background check with Oregon State Board Of Pharmacy
    • Pass a drug screen
    • Submit required immunization documentation
    • Submit a valid American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider CPR certification

    Recommended:

    • Submit Placement test (Math and Writing may be waived depending on placement)
    • Complete RD 115
  • Background Check, Drug Test, and Immunizations

    Background and Drug Screening 

    Once a student has been accepted to the Pharmacy Technician Program, he/she will be required to pass a criminal background check, conducted by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, which fulfills the requirements of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy as well as clinical sites. In addition, students will be required to pass a ten-panel drug screening urinalysis which fulfills the requirements of the program and clinical sites. If a student does not pass the criminal background check and/or the drug screening, continuation in the program will not be possible.

    If a student is arrested during the time he/she is enrolled in the Program, he/she must notify the Program Chair of the Pharmacy Technician Program of the arrest. The student’s status in the Program will be reviewed by the Pharmacy Technician Program Chair and the Dean of Health Sciences office. A possible outcome of the review may be the student’s inability to continue in the Program. Students may also need to submit to a ten-panel drug screen urinalysis (UA) and/or an additional criminal background check prior to spring term practicum placement as requested by practicum sites.

    Illicit drug use and criminal background checks may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician and externship sites, employers, and the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use and criminal background checks, 

    For a list of disqualifying crimes, please see Disqualifying Crimes. For a more in-depth list, please see Disqualifying Crimes Expanded List

     

    Immunizations and CPR Requirements 

    Upon entry into this program you will be required to show proof of various vaccines.  Please review the Health Sciences Immunization & CPR requirements (click here). Please note your immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician and externship sites, employers, and the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy have regulations. 

    For more information call the Health Sciences Dept at 503.399.5058.

  • Requirements for Oregon State Board of Pharmacy

    Requirements for state registration or licensure as a Pharmacy Technician: 

    • Non-renewable license for externship; and for Certified Pharmacy Technician pass National Exam

    Requirements for obtaining and maintaining National Pharmacy Technician Certification: 

    • National Exam, and 20 hours of continuing Ed. for every two years. 
  • Technology Requirements for Program

    It is highly recommended that students have access to a computer with high speed internet access and a printer. Electronic technology is used extensively in the presentation of content throughout the Pharmacy Technician Program. If students do not possess their own equipment, they should plan to spend at least 20 hours per week utilizing on-campus computer lab and/or library resources.