Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician Program at SCC is a three-quarter program consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical pharmacy training. Students are required to complete a National Background Check.

Students obtain the knowledge and skills in all phases of the pharmacy field: drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, aseptic techniques, and Washington pharmacy law. The school stresses skills development, acceptable work attitudes and ethics, proper work habit and job appreciation. Graduates will be prepared to work in both community and hospital pharmacy settings.

Each required course for graduation must be completed with a 2.0 grade or better before proceeding to the next quarter in all classes. Each student is required to complete 176 clinical hours in community and hospital or home health care for a total of 352 hours.


After completion of the program, students are required to take and pass the National Certification Exam before applying for a Pharmacy Technician license issued by the Washington Quality Assurance Commission (formally known at the Washington State Board of Pharmacy).

The Pharmacy Technician Program is state accredited through the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and nationally through American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). It also holds accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).

The student may enroll in liberal arts either preceding or following the professional curriculum. For an associate in applied science degree, the student must complete 25 credit hours of required courses and 7 hours of department approved electives numbered 100 or above in addition to the one-year professional curriculum.

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If you have questions regarding this program, please contact the program director.

Tschritter, Sandi; Faculty
Tschritter, Sandi; Faculty
Office: 009-0027
Phone: (509) 533-8199


BA, CPhT; Pharmacy Technician Program Director


I started my pharmacy technician career at St. Lukes Memorial Hospital through an on-the-job training program in 1982. Since that time, I have worked as a pharmacy technician at St. Lukes, Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. For 11 years of that time, I worked as a pharmacy buyer.

I graduated from the Surgical Technician Program at SCC in 1981 and received my A.A.S. from SCC's Nursing Program in 1985.

I began working part-time as a coordinator/instructor at SCC in the winter of 1995. In 1998 I became the Director of the Pharmacy Technician program.

In June 2003, I graduated from SCC with an A.A. degree and also from EWU with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. In August 2010, I graduated from EWU with a Master's in Adult Education.

I am involved with the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) and am also a previous board member with a local organization, Spokane Pharmacy Association (SPA). I have maintained my national certification since July of 2000. I am the 2011 Past President of the Pharmacy Technician Education (PTEC). I received the Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the Year award for 2011 from the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA).

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Course Title Credits
PHARM 101Introduction to Pharmacy Technician 3.0
PHARM 115Mathematics for Pharmacy Technicians 3.0-5.0
PHARM 119Pharmacology 3.0
PHARM 122Advanced Pharmacology 5.0
PHARM 123Hospital Pharmacy Dispensing and Management 5.0
PHARM 124Community Pharmacy Dispensing and Management 3.0
PHARM 130Entering the Work Environment 2.0
PHARM 131Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3.0
PHARM 132Community Pharmacy 6.0
PHARM 133Hospital Pharmacy 6.0