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Foothill College - Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

General Info

  • Foothill College, founded 1957, is a two year community college located in Los Altos Hills, California and is part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.
  • Mission:
    Foothill College commits itself to providing access to outstanding educational opportunities for all of students. Whether through basic skills, career preparation, lifelong learning, or transfer, the members of the Foothill College community are dedicated to the achievement of learning and to the success of students.

The Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

  • The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited Pharmacy Technician Certificate curriculum is a nine month sequence of instruction, with entry in the Fall Quarter only.
  • Pharmacy technician program is designed to prepare students for jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, retail, home health care, and public and government agencies.
  • Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner will be awarded a Career Certificate and are qualified to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a pharmacy technician.
  • Registration is a legal requirement for work as a pharmacy technician.
  • An optional 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 college or to enter the job market with additional technical and theoretical background.

Program Outcomes

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    Students will demonstrate pharmaceutical knowledge, clinical skills and values necessary to practice as a competent pharmacy technician in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency with entry-level clinical skills in accordance with ASHP accreditation requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. High school diploma or GED certificate;
  2. Completion of high school or college biology;
  3. Completion of high school or college algebra;
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.5;
  5. Drug/alcohol felony convictions preclude registration.


Accredited by American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Academic Degree

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree. (90 units)
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement. (49 units)


Foothill College
4000 Middlefield Rd., Suite I
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Voice +1.408.910.3236
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Added: Wed Sep 12 2012
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