Technical Standards


Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to perform technical duties in the systematic operation of the pharmacy by providing health-care services and medications to patients. Technicians may perform operational and technical duties as pharmacists.

 Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Compounding (measuring, weighing, and mixing) medicinal drugs
  • Preparing and labeling medicines
  • Filling bottles and capsules with the correct quantity of medicine
  • Issuing medicines to customers
  • Stocking and taking inventory of prescription and over the counter medications
  • Maintaining patients' medication profiles on computerized or written records or forms
  • Filling orders for unit doses and prepackaged pharmaceuticals
  • Preparing insurance claim forms

Depending on the position, the technician may also manage third party billing, answer telephones, direct customers to items or to the pharmacist for medication consultation, receive written prescriptions, clean and sterilize dispensing bottles and instruments, answer questions regarding location of non-drug products, and operate a cash register. Since Pharmacy Technicians interact daily with co-workers, patients, and health-care professionals, good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

Physical Demands 

 To ensure student and patient safety and welfare, the pharmacy technician student must be able to: 

•Complete an 8 to 12-hour shift.

•Transport a tote of medications/supplies weighing 20 lbs. for a distance of 100 feet.

•Retrieve items from floor refrigerators and lower shelves.

•Gather, dispense and record appropriate doses of medicine.

•Effectively communicate with patients and health-care professionals.

•Monitor patient charts, computer systems, and medication delivery equipment.

Non-Physical Demands 

•Respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations.

•Communicate effectively with patients and staff

•Tolerate strong, unpleasant odors. 

•Handle stressful situations. 

•Provide physical and emotional support to the patients. 

Clinical Site Requirements 

• HIPAA certificate. 

•Copy of Student’s ID. 

•Ability to view power point slides and videos.    

•Proof of vaccinations


The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non-discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities--including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics and application for District employment.
The Sonoma County Junior College District is an equal opportunity employer.


The Sonoma County Junior College District is committed to an environment in which all employees and students are treated with respect and dignity.  Each employee and student has the right to work/learn in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal  opportunity and is free from unlawful  discriminatory practices. For guidance on specific policies and procedures related to non-discrimination (Policy 8.2.1)and access for students with disabilities (Policy 8.1.1) please refer to the Santa Rosa Junior College Board Policy Manual.