Welcome to the Pharmacy Technician Program


Program Effectiveness Data:

  • All our graduates are eligible to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for licensure.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (pass rate SRJC, 100%, national, 73%)*
  • 82% of our graduates are employed as pharmacy technicians; 10% of our graduates pursue higher education (pharmacists, research etc.)
  • See the Pharmacy Technology program competency 'standards' on the last pages of the Best Practices Student Handbook.
  • The job market in Sonoma and other counties is growing rapidly. Many students find employment during or right after their clinical preceptorships. SRJC students get hiring priority over other schools due to the quality education provided here.

*PTCB 2014, Q4, School Performance Report.  

Pharmacy Technology at the SRJC

The Pharmacy Technician Program at SRJC was established in 2001. Developed from an identified community need, this program maintains a high standard of health-care education. It is a Regional Program and we service students from many counties in Northern California. The open access policy with no application process is designed for student convenience. Annual Summer Cohort Start and Mid-cohort January Start is based on SRJC's College priority registration. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the educational requirements for an AA/AS degree while building priority registration. 

We have an accomplished and committed panel of instructors, who prepare our graduates for jobs in retail/hospital based pharmacy, research and also for their next level of education.

The Pharmacy Technician Program is available as a Career Certificate and as an Associate in Science Pharmacy Technology Major. To earn an AA/AS degree, a student needs to complete 60 units (degree applicable courses are numbered 1-299), a general education pattern (Option A, B, or C) and Pharm Tech major courses (21.5 units). Contact the counseling office for additional AA/AS degree requirements, (707) 527-4451

Both programs will prepare students to be registered Pharmacy Technicians and for employment in various pharmacy settings. Becoming an IV Inpatient Hospital Pharmacy Tech. requires the completion over Spring of Pharmacy 157 and 157 L Clinical.

Program Mission

Based on the college mission, the Pharmacy Technology Program at Santa Rosa Junior College is dedicated to facilitating the growth and development of enrolled students in becoming competent entry-level pharmacy technicians to function within the healthcare community they serve. 

Program Objective 

The major goals of the Santa Rosa Junior College Pharmacy Technology Program are to assist the enrolled students: 
- in performing skills with accuracy, utilizing skills in the workplace, and demonstrating proper equipment handling. 
- in utilizing critical thinking, adapting and demonstrating good communication in a clinical environment, as well as demonstrating good oral and written communication skills.
- in demonstrating professionalism and understanding of ethical decision making. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students should gain sufficient knowledge and skills to become qualified pharmacy technicians with high ethics and professionalism. 

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to: 
1. Classify a drug after having been presented with its generic name, brand (trade) name, chemical name and indication; 
2. State current federal and state legislations and name the agencies regulating the practice of pharmacy;
3. Create patient profiles utilizing information obtained from the prescription and the patient; 
4. Read and write proper medical notation on the drug order and interpret information on drug labels and stock bottles; 
5. Calculate the oral dosages of drugs, both solid and liquid forms based on currently accepted pharmaceutical mathematics; 
6. Describe the pharmacological action, therapeutic effects, common side effects, doses and drug interactions of common medications prescribed to treat dysfunction of selected body systems; 
7. Describe common pharmaceutical measuring, weighing and compounding devices and accurately use the metric, apothecary, avoirdupois and household systems to count and measure. 

Successful graduates of the Program can apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for licensure as a pharmacy technician, which is a legal requirement for employment. Graduates are encouraged to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (currently not a requirement). Many employers provide better compensation to nationally certified pharmacy technicians.

A Snapshot of the Program's Certificate Semester Courses: Face to Face Courses are Monday through Friday evenings, (subject to change). Program has a rolling start to completion in 3, 4, 5, 5+ semesters for greater student flexibility.

Summer Semester 

Pharm 150 (Online).

Fall Semester 

Pharm 102, Pharm 103, Pharm 152, Pharm 154A.

Spring Semester 

Pharm 154B, Pharm 155, Pharm 156, (Pharm 157 and Pharm 157L will be offered in Spring 2020)