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Pharmacy Technician

Why Choose the Pharmacy Technician Program?

Pharmacy technicians play a vital role in the health care process, ordering and stocking medications, preparing intravenous drugs, processing prescriptions, preparing billing and operating and troubleshooting automated drug-dispensing systems. In fact, as pharmacists are starting to move more into the clinical aspect, pharmacy technicians are taking on more and more responsibility.

Our Pharmacy Technician program offers hands-on training in the classroom and laboratory and three months of on-the-job training. This gives graduates a great head start in getting their foot in the door and the training they need to be ready for their career. Employers look for graduates who have trained in the technician duties and responsibilities under the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, which govern the curriculum and standards of our program.

Career options include working in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, long-term care, jails, and compounding pharmacies. If you have an interest in medicine and a great attention to detail, this program and career path might be the perfect fit for you.

Our Pharmacy Technician program can prepare you for a rewarding career assisting pharmacists in hospitals, clinics, long-term care and community pharmacies.

This program now starts every Summer and Winter Quarter.

This program is ASHP/ACPE Accredited.

How Long It Takes:

Pharmacy Technician Degree: 5-6 Quarters

Pharmacy Technician Certificate: 4-5 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. This estimate includes General Education courses that are part of the program.

Potential Careers


Median annual wage in Washington:

$42,390 per year

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Career Pathway

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Meet Your Instructors

Trisha Autry

Trish Autry

Trisha graduated from an ASHP accredited program in 1995 and has worked as a pharmacy technician in a hospital, a retail setting and a nursing home. She's been an instructor in CPTC's Pharmacy Technician Program since 2000.

Bldg 21, Rm 226

Jillian Lalli

Bldg 21, Rm 200

Pharmacy Technician Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.




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