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Pharmacy Technician Certificate (PHM)



Currently the program is limited to caregivers within Providence St. Joseph Health based in Washington and Montana


The Pharmacy Technician (PHM) Certificate Program is an earn while you learn academic-industry partnership program between the University of Providence (UP) and Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH). This accelerated 4-month program prepares students to deliver patient-centered care using safe, accountable, and ethical behaviors and skills within the Pharmacy Technician Scope of Practice.


  • Six 8-week courses over 16 weeks
  • One semester typically lasts 4 months
  • Each 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week blocks
  • The program is taught by experienced licensed Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians  who, in addition to teaching, work in roles in pharmacies, allowing each to bring a real-world perspective to the courses
  • Cohort model, all courses must be taken in order
  • Cohort start date: August and January of each year
  • Expected class size: 10 students


  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA
  • Additional site locations to come in Western & Eastern WA Fall 2020


  • Registration: July 30, 2020
  • Orientation: Online only’
  • Classes begin August 31, 2020

Weekend Labs: (Sat/Sun) 8am-5pm (1-hour lunch break)

  • Sept 12-13
  • Sept 26-27
  • Oct 10-11
  • Oct 24-25


  • Total cost for PSJH caregivers and their dependents: $283/credit, 20 credits, $5660


  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam fee: $129
  • Fees for lab materials: $400
  • Scrubs – 2 sets: $80 (if applicable)
  • Textbooks: $185
  • Pharmacy Assistant/Tech-in-Training License: $35


Students may be offered employment as a Pharmacy Technician within the PSJH system upon completing the program and passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Students in Washington must be hired as a Pharmacy Assistant prior to enrollment.  Students in Montana must obtain tech in training license prior to entering the clinical internship.