Prepare in less than a year to enter a rapidly growing field with College of the Mainland’s Pharmacy Technician Program.

About the Career

Pharmacy technicians form an integral part of patient care. They measure, label, mix and dispense prescription medication while working under licensed pharmacists. With the patient’s health and medication safety in mind, successful pharmacy technicians must be accurate, precise and detailed, while treating patients with compassion and empathy.

About the Program

Through hands-on labs, classes and internships, students learn the skills needed to launch a rewarding career in health care. Program instructors, who bring professional experience as pharmacy technicians or pharmacists, give students individual assistance.

Students spend 160 hours in internships at a community pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy. Internships provide valuable work experience and often lead to job opportunities.

After completing the certificate program, students are prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Of the 2014 COM graduates taking the exam, 100 percent passed on their first attempt.

Certificate graduates may enter the workforce immediately and/or continue for a second year to obtain an Associate in Applied Science in pharmacy technician for greater career opportunities.


The Pharmacy Technician program at College of the Mainland is accredited by The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is also a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recognized program.

Program Outcomes

PTCE National Certification Pass Rates for Program 100%*
Program Completion Rate 67%
Job Placement Rate 73%


*The national average PTCE National Certification Exam pass rate is 70%.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Technology and an aging population are among the factors fueling the field’s growth.

Pharmacy technicians find full or part-time employment in grocery and drug store pharmacies, mail-order facilities, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians in 2012 was $29,320.

Financial Aid

Tuition, fees, books, a background check, drug screens and licensing fees total around $2,500. Financial aid, however, may cover tuition, fees and books. For financial aid information, call 409-933-8274.

Offerings for Pharmacy Technician

“I already had a job lined up as I was finishing the program."