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Pharmacy Technology

Associate Degree

A.S. in Pharmacy Technology

The CRC Pharmacy Technology Program includes didactic, laboratory, and practicum components that are structured to facilitate the achievement of educational and career goals. Pharmacy technicians are skilled technical health workers who perform a wide variety of pharmacy related tasks under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. Successful completion of the program not only prepares graduates to participate in taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) but also qualifies students for licensure and registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy and be employed as entry-level pharmacy technician. The program has obtained a 6 year Accreditation Status conferred by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
1st Semester (Fall):
PHARM 300 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 31
2nd Semester (Spring):
PHARM 315 Pharmaceutical Calculations I 3
PHARM 320 Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents 5
3rd Semester (Fall):
PHARM 350 Pharmaceutical Information Management 4
PHARM 360 Retail Operation of Pharmaceutical Practice 3
PHARM 380 Preparation of Sterile Products 3
PHARM 400 Pharmacy Technician Profession 2
4th Semester (Spring):
PHARM 410 Acute Care Practicum 2
PHARM 420 Retail Practicum 2
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking 32
Total Units: 30

1Course can be taken prior to admission into the Pharmacy Technology Program.

2Course can be taken prior to admission into the Pharmacy Technology Program.

The Pharmacy Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • The American Society of Health System Pharmacists requires that all students in the program must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Students may enter PHARM 300 and AH 120 without formal acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program, however in order to qualify for official acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program, and proceed forward to complete the hands-on laboratory training (PHARM 350, 360, 380) and externship training (PHARM 410, 420), students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of a C or higher: AH 120 (corequisites BIOL 102 & AH 110), PHARM 300, PHARM 315 and PHARM 320.
  • The American Society of Health System Pharmacists requires that all students must be successful in passing a Background Check prior to official acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Training Program.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Students should complete all the prerequisite courses with a C grade or better to meet the minimum requirement for acceptance to the Pharmacy Technology Program.
  • Qualified students should submit an Application Form electronically and a hard copy to the Pharmacy Technology Program Director after gaining instructor permission for enrollment in the Pharm 315 & 320 classes. Students will be formally notified by a Letter of Acceptance to the Pharmacy Technology Program. Applications will be made available in the Careers and Technology area office.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • PSLO 1: Application of the federal, state, and local laws; regulations and professional standards to pharmacy practice.
  • PSLO 2: Analysis of the role of the Pharmacy Technician in distributive pharmacy.
  • PSLO 3: Demonstrate the comprehension of knowledge pertaining to human anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology.
  • PSLO 4: Perform math function, dosage calculation and compounding techniques.
  • PSLO 5: Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct in all job-related activities.
  • PSLO 6: Design and relate messages for effective and appropriate oral and written communication.

Career Information

Businesses that will make up the potential market for CRC’s Pharmacy Technician graduates include hospitals; pharmacies/drug stores; grocery stores; department stores; state government; local government; and other general merchandise stores in the region. Retail pharmacies are expected to experience the largest growth in pharmacy technician jobs over the next ten years and will most likely benefit the most from a Pharmacy Technician degree program in the region.