Degrees and Certificates

Pharmacy Technician (Central Oregon Community College)

TBCC has developed a partnership with Central Oregon Community College (COCC), Tillamook Regional Medical Center, and local businesses to provide training for pharmacy technicians in Tillamook County. This certificate is granted by COCC. TBCC offers program prerequisites, general education, and related coursework. All pharmacy technology courses are offered by Central Oregon Community College and require admission to their program as detailed below. Estimated cost of this program for tuition, fees, books, and supplies is $5,656. In addition to standard tuition, student fees and textbooks, students should anticipate the following program costs:

  • Program fee of $150 per term (or a total of $450 for the three-term pharmacy technician cohort);
  • In some cases $150 to $300 for fees associated with required immunizations and tuberculosis screening;
  • $55 drug screening (if required by practicum site);
  • $65 background search (if required by practicum site);
  • $35 pharmacy technician license;
  • $65 for American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certificate; and
  • for the cost of travel & expenses to the COCC campus for the two weekend lecture labs in the spring term.

Career & Program Description
The program prepares individuals for employment as a pharmacy technician in a variety of pharmacy settings. 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. Courses are completed in an online and hybrid format.

The pharmacy technician curriculum was developed using the accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and is tailored specifically to the students in the program. This program prepares students to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification exam required by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy to practice as a pharmacy technician in the state of Oregon. To earn a certificate of completion all required courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and students must maintain a 2.0 overall GPA or higher.

This three-term program is developed to prepare individuals for employment in the pharmacy industry. 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.

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.

Criminal Charges or Convictions
A history of criminal charges or convictions may prohibit a student from entering the Pharmacy Technician profession. See list of Potentially Disqualifying Crimes at

Program Prerequisites

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Admission to COCC & TBCC
  • WR 115 or placement into WR 121
  • MTH 95
  • CIS 120 or CAS 133
  • TB Test (within last year)
  • COCC On-line Orientation (available after admission to COCC)
  • Current AHA CPR/AED Certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Proof of Immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Tdap)
  • All COCC students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program, which includes requirements for practical experience, will have to pass Criminal History Checks (CHC) and/or a urine screen for drugs as a condition of their acceptance into a hospital or retail pharmacy practicum.

Students must provide verification that the prerequisite courses or competencies have been completed. All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. Students enrolled in these courses during the fall term, must also achieve a final grade of “C” or better in order to begin the program. Failure to do so may result in removal from the program eligibility list.

TBCC Prerequisites & General Education Courses

WR 121 English Composition (Fall, Winter) 4
BI 231 Human Anatomy & Phys.I (Fall) 4
BI 232 Human Anatomy & Phys. II (Winter) 4
BI 233 Human Anatomy & Phys. III (Spring) 4
MP 111 Medical Terminology (Spring) 4
COMM 214 Interpersonal Communications 4
PSY 101 Psych of Human Relations (Spring) 4
BA 285 Human Relations - Orgs 3
CAS 133 Basic Computer Skills (Fall, Winter) or 4
CIS 120 Computer Concepts I (Winter) 4

COCC Pharmacy Courses*

PHM 100 Introduction to Pharmacy Tech 3
PHM 101 Law & Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians 3
PHM 120 Drug Class and Therapeutics I 3
PHM 110 Pharmacy Calculations 3
PHM 130 Drug Class and Therapeutics II 3
PHM 140 Pharmacy Tech Procedures 4
PHM 181 Pharmacy Tech Seminar or 1
PHM 190 Practicum I Hospital/Inst (Su) 3
PHM 191 Practicum II Retail/Community (Su) 3

*Pharmacy courses must be taken in sequence of terms. Terms indicated as Fall (F), Winter (W), Spring (Sp), Summer (Su).

Pharmacy Technician Certificate:                                                                                            44 credits

See the COCC web page for more information and forms and applications here.

Degrees and Certificates

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

See the catalog(pdf) for the information regarding program requirements.

 Helpful Links

  • Pharmacy Technician Certificate Career Pathway Worksheet


For more information contact Career Education Advising (503) 842-8222 x1145.


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