Spokane Community College


Spokane Community College - Pharmacy technician program

Pharmacy technician program

General Info

  • Founded in 1963, Community Colleges of Spokane is a dynamic community college district serving some 38,600 students a year, spread across a 12,300-square-mile service district in Eastern Washington.
    Spokane Community College, collaborating as a district, is committed to providing quality, relevant and affordable learning opportunities for students in support of the social and economic well-being of our six-county region.

The Program

Pharmacy Techncian Program Goals

  1. Demonstrate accountability as a health care professional.
  2. Communicate effectively in a professional manner with members of the healthcare team.
  3. Able to solve math-oriented problems posed to the technician by a pharmacist.
  4. Practice principles of implementing physician orders in a pharmacy setting.
  5. Demonstrate standards of aseptic technique and safety in a pharmacy setting.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of legal requirements involved in a pharmacy operation.
  7. Identify appropriate information regarding standard dosing, generic versus trade name and other drug information.
  8. Understand the role of the technician - the pharmacist/patient/tech interaction; i.e. confidentiality.

The Curriculum

  • The Pharmacy Technician program at Spokane Community College is a nine month (three quarter) program running from September to June.
  • The Pharmacy Technician program trains students in all phases of the pharmacy field: drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, and Washington pharmacy law. Graduates will be prepared to work in both community and hospital pharmacy settings.
  • SCC is registered with the Washington State Board of Pharmacy. The State Board requires the program to be completed in 12 months or less.
  • Course work includes a writing class component.
  • Lab skills include hands-on demonstration and computer application in a state-of-the-art lab facility.
  • The program offers financial aid, CPR certification, AIDS/HIV training (required by the State in order to obtain certification), proof of medical insurance coverage, and complete physical examination.
  • The Washington State Board of Pharmacy require all new graduates to complete the National Certification Exam.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance Requirements:
  1. High school diploma or GED certificate
  2. Washington State Patrol (WSP) background check
  3. Typing test with a score of 35-40 wpm or completion of BT 101 within the last 5 years
  4. Interview with pharmacy technician instructor
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Appropriate scores on one of the following: ASSET or COMPASS


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

Academic Degree

  • Certificate:
    The certificate program includes 54 credits of core courses and requires a total of 858 clock hours. Flexible hours are available for the experiential training to compensate for work and family responsibilities.
  • Associate Degree:
    To complete the Associate Degree the student must complete the certificate program and the general liberal arts course required by the college. This includes 30 credit hours of required courses and 7 hours of department approved electives.


Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99217

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Added: Fri Jun 15 2012
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