Frequently Asked Questions
1. I am interested in attending the Pharmacy Technology (Pharm Tech) program. What should I do to get started?
We recommend you start by reviewing the information on the Pharm Tech web pages. Carefully read all pages (click on the tabs at the top of the page). If you have already applied for admission at SRJC you can begin by dropping in with counseling and meeting with a Health Science counselor. You can find information about the counseling department at: https://counseling.santarosa.edu/.
2. Is there an application process?
No. The program is set up to accept students each summer based on priority registration. You are strongly encouraged to complete an A.S. or A.A along with the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program. This builds priority registration for entrance in the Summer semester. Pharmacy 150 Online is the pre-requisite course offered each Summer. Pharm 150 requires several hours per day for 3-4 days a week to complete the course work. It is recommended you take College Skills 334 (How to take an online class) before taking Pharm 150. It is also recommended that you meet with a Health Science counselor to develop a plan for completing the program and that you place correctly in Math and English.
3. How long does it take to complete the program?
The Pharmacy Tech Certificate Program is a 3 semester one year program starting every Summer. Many students take the program over 5 semesters, especially if they are working. It is highly recommended that students complete an A.S or A.A in Pharmacy Technology.
4. Can I work while I am in the program?
Yes, most classes during the week are offered in the evenings. This allows time for students to complete their clinical site hours and maintain employment.
5. Are there physical or health requirements for the program?
No, however, the job of a pharmacy technician requires certain physical and health requirements. Please see the general requirements and clinical site requirements listed on the website. Additionally, students must have a 100% clear background check and drug screening. Background checks are completed once per year prior to the fall semester. Drug screenings are completed twice per year, prior to the Fall and Spring semesters. These are required for both Pharmacy 154 A and B Courses.
6. Where will I do my clinical experience?
Students in the pharmacy technology program rotate through various clinical sites within Sonoma, Marin, Lake, Solano and Mendocino counties. In the Fall semester, Pharm 154 A, clinical rotations are scheduled during one day per week for 8 weeks. Location varies. In the spring semester, Pharm 154B, clinical rotation is one day per week for 17 weeks. Locations may vary.
7. Will I be trained for the inpatient environment in aseptic technique?
There is an optional course offered during the summer, Pharm 157 and 157L. If a student desires, after completing the program they may take this course.
8. Is there a recommended course sequence?
Links on this page will take you to revised course sequencing documents. https://portal.santarosa.edu/srweb/SR_ProgramsOfStudy.aspx?MCID=1538&DocType=1