Pharmacy Technician FAQs

Additional Contact Information

If you have questions regarding course requirements, you may contact:
  • Angela Su, R.Ph..Director, (650) 949-6121
  • Claudia Flores, Program Coordinator (650) 949-7538
  • Counseling: (650) 949-7423
    Or, you may schedule an appointment online by visiting the counseling site.
  • BH Division office, (650) 949-7249
  • Pharmacy Technician Job Posting Board
  • Foothill College Pharmacy Technician Mailing Address:
    Pharmacy Technician Program Foothill College
    Attention: Claudia Flores
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022


Q: Where are the Pharmacy classes held?

A: All classes meet in room 8708 at the main campus.  We are located at 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

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Q: Are Pharmacy classes during the day or evening?

A: All classes are during the day and are usually scheduled between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. depending on the quarter.  For Fall quarter, classes are Monday through Friday. During Winter and Spring quarters, classes are Monday through Wednesday, with 8 to 10 hour hospital/retail externships on Thursday and Fridays.

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Q: Is Pharmacy Technician a part-time or a full-time program?

A: Pharmacy Technician is a full-time program. At the present time there are no plans for part-time or evening programs.

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Q: How long is the Program? When does it start? Do I earn a degree?

A: The program is nine months (3 quarters) in length. It starts in September and continues through June. Upon successful completion of all Pharmacy Technician classes, a Certificate of Achievement is awarded, and students are eligible to apply to the state for registration as a pharmacy technician.

The program is curriculum based--all classes are taken for college credit, and may be used toward an AS Degree in Pharmacy Technician.

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Q: How can I apply to the pharmacy technician program?

A: Please fill out an application for our program and submit it to Ms. Claudia Flores no later than the application deadline date.

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Q: What documents are required with the application?

A: One official copy of your high school transcript or diploma and/or college transcript.

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Q: Are there prerequisites?

A: Yes.

The prerequisites to be considered for the Pharmacy Technician program are:
  1. High School diploma or equivalency
  2. Proficiency in Biology (high school Biology or Biology 10)
    Biology studied in a language other than English will not be considered.
  3. Proficiency in Math (high school Algebra, Math 101, or placement into Math 105 on the Foothill College Assessment Test)
  4. Proficiency in English (eligible for ESL 25 or English 110, as determined by the Foothill College Assessment Test)
  5. Successful completion of PhT 200L (Pharmacy Technician as a Career).

The following are not prerequisites, but are STRONGLY recommended:

  1. Anatomy/Physiology classes.
  2. Keyboarding proficiency of 35 words/minute or higher.

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Q: How much does the program cost?

A: Students who are state residents will pay approximately $2,000 (including books and supplies) for the entire 9 month, ASHP/ACPE accredited program. At other private schools and institutions, this program can easily cost $5,000 - $15,000 or more!

All fees are approximated and subject to change. Most fees are due at the beginning of the program:

Liability Insurance $20.00
Material Fees $15.00 - $20.00 per lab
Uniform scrubs/Lab Coat $35.00
Books $300.00
Misc. $200.00

In addition to the above, the standard Foothill College enrollment fees are required.

Foothill College offers student loans through its Financial Aid Office. Please call (650) 949-7245 or (650) 949-6987, or refer to Online Financial Aid Guide.

Kaider Scholarships for Allied Health students are also available at the Division Office. Please call (650) 949-7249. Other scholarships are available.

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Q: Can a person be admitted to the Pharmacy Technician Program if they have been convicted of a felony or a drug/alcohol related misdemeanor?

A: Yes, a person may apply and enroll into the program if they are qualified and accepted. However, students will face problems obtaining a clinical externship site during the program and/or when applying for registration with the California Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. Registration is a legal requirement to work as a Pharmacy Technician in California.

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Q: How do I get registered with the State? Is there a test?

A: Currently, there is no California State test to complete for licensure. However, you must apply to the California Board of Pharmacy to register as a Pharmacy Technician after the completion of the program. In addition, there is an optional National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) that you are highly encouraged to take. This exam is offered at local testing centers and is an electronic based exam. Successful completion of this exam is recognized nationally and you are permitted to use the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

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Q: How available are jobs? What salary can I expect?

A: Despite the economy, pharmacy technicians are still in demand and there are jobs available. Job notices are telephoned, mailed and faxed to us throughout the year. Retail positions are more readily available than hospital positions. Depending on location of employment, experience and education, salaries may range from approximately $30,000 - $40.000. See our Jobs database for current offerings.

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Q: How and who should I contact if I have more questions or if I would like to see the Pharmacy classroom?

A: Please call Claudia Flores at (650) 949-7538 or email or the Program Director, Angela Su by email at for more information on the program.

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Q: If I am accepted for the program, what else is required ?

A: You will need to submit a program acceptance form, health forms and a regular college application.

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