To work as a pharmacy technician in the state of Oregon, you must apply for a license with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy.
To apply for a pharmacy technician license, complete and submit the Pharmacy Technician License Application along with the non-refundable fee of $50. If you are not yet nationally certified by the NHA (ExCPT) or the PTCB, you can apply for the Pharmacy Technician license. If you have already become nationally certified, you may apply for the Certified Oregon Pharmacy Technician License. Either type of license will also require completion of a fingerprint-based background check. This background check requires an additional fee of $52.
Along with your license application, you must also include a passport photo of yourself and a copy of your national certification certificate (if you are applying for as a Certified Pharmacy Tech.
Renewal of your license is due on an annual basis by September 30th and can be completed online. The renewal fee is $52.
Basic Pharmacy Technician Requirements in Oregon
The following are the minimum requirements for registering as a Pharmacy Technician:
- No age requirement
- Must submit application for Certified Pharmacy Technician within 1 year of the expiration of Pharmacy Technician license
The following are the minimum requirements for registering as a Certified Pharmacy Technician:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must have passed a national certification exam by the PTCB or NHA
The pharmacist-in-charge of the pharmacy you are employed by is required to develop training for its pharmacy technicians and certified pharmacy technicians that is appropriate for the tasks that the technician will be fulfilling. The training must comprise both on-the-job training and instructional education. The pharmacist must maintain the documentation of training for each technician employed.
Certified pharmacy technicians are also required to earn approved continuing education credits on a yearly basis.
The state of Oregon requires national certification from the PTCB or the NHA to be a Certified Oregon Pharmacy Technician.
Please consult the Oregon Administrative Rules – Division 25 for more information regarding requirements for pharmacy technicians.
Pharmacy Tech Training in Oregon
Below lists schools available for training:
Portland Community College has a Pharmacy Technician Program and that is 16 weeks in duration – and divided into two terms. An optional internship is available for those to want to gain hands-on practical experience. Upon completion you will be prepared to take the PTCB examination.
For more information, contact the school at 971-722-6633
Chemeketa Community College, with several campuses throughout Oregon, offers both a one-year Pharmacy Technician Certificate and a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Pharmacy Management that you can choose from. Chemeketa is the only program in Oregon that is accredited by the ASHP.
To find out more about the programs available, call the school at 503-365-4696.