Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, preparing medications and assisting pharmacists with other duties. The Pharmacy Technician program offers valuable skills such as how to compound products, mix intravenous solutions, apply math for pharmaceutical calculations, and how to use computers to process orders and keep records. It emphasizes detailed knowledge of products and drugs. The program includes externships in retail and hospital pharmacies. Students must earn a Washington State Board of Pharmacy license to work in this field by passing a national certification exam. Support for this program is available through a grant to TAA-eligible workers, veterans and their eligible spouses.


Enrollment Point: Fall

Pharmacy Technician

Certificate of Completion: 
4 quarters
77 credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
97 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
6 quarters
97 credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$29,800
Projected Growth: 
20%
Annual Job Openings: 
10,590

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Lynn-Dee Spencer, CPhT


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • Student must be attending high school, possess a high school equivalency certificate, or be a high school graduate.
  • Communication involving patient care in the clinical setting is critical to patient safety. All students shall be fluent in the English language, including verbal and written language.
  • Students must register with Castle Branch and complete the following:
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program.
  • Current (within one year) evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student's ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Pharmacy Technician:
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead.
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods.

 


Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
PHAR 101 Pharmacy Technician Fundamentals & Ethics 2
PHAR 103 Top 200 Drugs I 3
PHAR 104 Pharmacology II 5
PHAR 105 Outpatient Pharmacy Preparations and Record Keeping I 2
PHAR 106 Outpatient Pharmacy Preparations and Record Keeping II 4
PHAR 107 IV Admixture Advanced Techniques 3
PHAR 108 Inpatient and Home Healthcare Pharmacy Preparations and Record Keeping 4
PHAR 109 Top 200 Drugs II 3
PHAR 110 Pharmacology I 5
PHAR 130 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy Technicians I 3
PHAR 131 Pharmacy Law and References I 1
PHAR 133 Business Office Machines I 3
PHAR 134 Business Office Machines II 3
PHAR 135 Business Office Machines III 3
PHAR 136 Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology for Technicians II 3
PHAR 137 Pharmacy Law and References II 2
PHAR 180 Communications and Customer Service 2
PHAR 181 Management, Supervision and Human Relations 3
PHAR 190 Pharmacy Practice - Internship I 8
PHAR 191 Pharmacy Practice - Internship II 9
AMATH 165G Pharmacy Calculations 6
  Total 77

 

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 170 Mathematics for the Health Sciences 5
CMST& 101 Intro to Communications 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition  5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20

 

General Education Course Requirements for AAS-T Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
CMST& 101 Intro to Communications 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition  5
MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

  • Work under the supervision of a Pharmacist in the pharmacy day-to-day operations, using interpersonal skills, critical thinking, negotiation, conflict resolution, teamwork, creativity, innovation, and customer service skills to problem solve with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate ethical conduct, active and engaged listening skills.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate a respectful and professional attitude when interacting with diverse patient populations, colleagues, and professionals.
  • Apply self-management skills, including time, stress, and change management.
  • Compound products, mix intravenous solutions, apply math for pharmaceutical calculations and use computers to process prescriptions, medication orders, quality assurance and inventory management.
  • Exhibit detailed knowledge of pharmacy products and the Top 200 drugs.
  • Earn a Washington State Board of Pharmacy license by passing the PTCB national certification exam.

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