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  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall & Spring

    Award: Mini-Certificate

    Average Class Size: 15-20

    Program Length: 1 Semester

    Part-Time or Full Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Evening Classes & Internship

    Program Locations: Pueblo

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  • Career Information

    Students completing Pueblo Community College's Pharmacy Technician Program will receive a certificate of completion and may sit for the credentialing exam ( http://www.pharmacytechnician.org/ptcb/).

    Students who pass the national exam are eligible for the following positions:

    • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

    Duties 
    Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:

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    • Take the information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
    • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
    • Package and label prescriptions
    • Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies
    • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
    • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system 
    • Answer phone calls from customers
    • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters

    Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. In most states, technicians can compound or mix some medications and call physicians for prescription refill authorizations. Technicians also may need to operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders.

    Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

    What Will I Learn
    This certificate program is offered in one-semester (four courses). It provides instruction in basic pharmacy theories and is an important step toward national certification as a pharmacy technician. Learning experiences include lecture, lab, and clinical exposure in local pharmacies. To ensure success in this class, you should have a strong knowledge of basic algebra, proportional calculations, both reading/writing skills, and keyboarding skills.

    This program prepares you to work in a pharmacy setting under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, performing activities that do not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist. The National median salary for CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) is $14.10/hour or $29,320 per year.

    Our Experienced Faculty
    Instructors are Certified Pharmacy Technicians with years of experience working in both the hospital and retail settings.

    Program Requirements

    • Assessment Scores and/or Completion of  CCR 092 and Math 050 with a "C" or bette
    • Chronological Date of Application Submission (only 20 positions per semester)
    • CPR Certification
    • CBI Background Check
    • Drug Screening
    • Completed Application Submitted by due date for each semester. Fall = April 15th, and Spring = November 15th.

    THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.