Become a Pharmacy Technician
Registered pharmacy technicians are in great demand nationwide, throughout California, and especially in the Bay Area.
As a pharmacy technician you can work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, retail, home health care, and public and government health agencies.
About the Program
The Foothill College Pharmacy Technician Program curriculum is a nine-month sequence of instruction, with entry in the Fall Quarter only. The program is a ASHP/ACPE nationally accredited program.
$20.29 Hourly Mean Wage in Silicon Valley for a Pharmacy Technician
What can you do with a degree or certificate in Pharmacy Technology?
- Retail pharmacies
- Health insurance companies
- Veterinary clinics
Degree & Program Types
For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.
Associate in Science Degree
Certificate of Achievement
Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion and are qualified to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a pharmacy technician.
Graduates will also be eligible to take the PTCE (Pharmacy Technician Certification
Exam) and become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
A two-year expanded Pharmacy Technician Program is also available, which includes general education.
This two-year course sequence leads to an Associate in Science Degree in Pharmacy Technician, and offers the student the ability to transfer to a four-year program or to enter the job market with additional technical and theoretical background.
As a registered pharmacy technician in California, you can — under the supervision of a registered pharmacist — perform routine tasks related to receiving, dispensing, distribution, control, maintenance, compounding, manufacturing, packaging, and labeling of pharmaceutical products.
Typical tasks include:
- Transcribing physicians orders/prescriptions
- Preliminary review of new orders/prescriptions
- Filling prescriptions and medications orders
- Preparing unit dose and multi-dose forms
- Preparing and labeling sterile solutions using aseptic technique
- Data entry and label generation
- Maintenance of inventory and stock
- Maintenance of pharmacy work areas
If you are interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, learn more about our program at Foothill.
Program: Pharmacy Technician
Please Contact Us!
Jenevieve Alvarez, Coordinator Health Career Programs
BHS Division Office Building 5200, Room 5224
|Angela Su, R.Ph. Director
|Nanette Solvason, Division Dean
Division Administrative Assistant
|Biological & Health Sciences Division|