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Pharmacy Technology

Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are currently closed.

The application for the Foothill College Pharmacy Technician program will reopen in January 1, 2022. To apply for the program at that time, you will need to follow the steps below.

Enroll in PHT 200L: Pharmacy Technician as a Career.

Course Description

This a  1-unit prerequisite course that provides detailed program information, application process and  everything you would like to know about our ACPE/ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Technician Program and careers in Pharmacy.

Please email Angela Su, Program Director at if you have any questions regarding PHT 200L or have trouble registering for the PHT 200L course.

Complete the online Pharmacy Technology application form. The application form will be available on January 1, 2022

First: Do you have a Student ID (CWID)?

To access the online Pharmacy Technology Application form, you will need your 8-digit Student CWID (Campus-wide ID) to log in to MyPortal.

  • If you HAVE applied for admission to Foothill or De Anza College (even if you have never taken classes), you already have a CWID number.
  • If you have NEVER applied for admission to Foothill College or De Anza College, you will need to FIRST complete the FOOTHILL COLLEGE ADMISSION APPLICATION before starting the Pharmacy Technician application process.

Next: Review Pharmacy Technician Application Process



NOTE: You can STILL submit your application even if you have not taken PHT 200L yet. On your application, please select "IP" (In progress) in the grade column.

QUESTIONS? If you need help filling out the application, please email Angela Su directly at 


Questions? Get help with the application.

Please reach out to Angela Su, Pharmacy Technician program director at email

You may also contact the Student & Faculty Support Center at 650-949-7249  or email at


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

Transfer Students

What can you do with a degree or certificate in Pharmacy Technology?

  • Retail pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Health insurance companies
  • Veterinary clinics

Degree & Program Types

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Science Degree

  • Pharmacy

Certificate of Achievement

  • Pharmacy Technician

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.

Career Opportunities

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

Learn More!

If you are interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, learn more about our program at Foothill.


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Program: Pharmacy Technician

Degree/Cert: AS/Yes

Length: 9 months

Start/End: Sept/June

Number Accepted: 35

Application Due: Still accepting applications until program is filled.

Prerequisites: Yes — See application

Approx. Cost of Program: $1,900

National Lic./Cert.: Yes

State Lic.Cert.: Yes

Est. Annual Salary: $30,000-$40,000

Admissions and Records Office

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Building 8100

Office: Building 5200, Room 5211 
Angela Su, R.Ph. Director
Phone: 650.949.6121
Ram Subramaniamram, Division Dean
To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
Biological & Health Sciences Division

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