About Our Program
Accepting applications for 2023-24 academic year!
The application for the Foothill College Pharmacy Technician program is now open as of January 1, 2023. 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.
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 tech.
Summer Quarter 2023 registration begins NOW.
There is one more PHT 200L session you can attend BEFORE the program begins in Fall Quarter (September 25, 2023)
Important Information for PHT 200L Class:
- This an "in-person" class
- Foothill Main Campus Room 8708
- Class will meet twice:
- First class session: Saturday, September 9th 10:00am to 3:50pm
- Second-class session: Saturday, September 16th, 10:00am to 3:50pm
- **You must be present for BOTH scheduled class sessions.**
Please email Angela Su, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 2023
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
TO GET STARTED, see the 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 email@example.com
Questions? Get help with the application.
Please reach out to Angela Su, Pharmacy Technician Program Director at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also contact the Student & Faculty Support Center at 650-949-7249 or email at email@example.com
Become a Pharmacy Technician
Learn about Mikaela's experience and journey at Foothill College.
Registered pharmacy technicians are in great demand nationwide, throughout California, and especially in the Bay Area.
By studying pharmacy tech, 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.
Start Your Career Path at Foothill
Hear Why from Angela Su, Foothill Pharmacy Technology Program Director
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 an ASHP/ACPE nationally accredited program.
$34.95 Hourly high wage in the Bay Area as a Hospital Pharmacy Technician
What can you do with a degree or certificate in Pharmacy Technology?
- Retail pharmacies
- Health insurance companies
- Veterinary clinics
Degree & Program Types
View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.
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.
Apply for Pharmacy Technician Program
Program: Pharmacy Technician
Length: 9 months
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
Accreditation: The program is an ASHP/ACPE nationally accredited program.
Est. Annual Salary: $30,000-$40,000
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