Program CoordinatorBonnie Housh 719-549-3198 Bonnie.Housh@pueblocc.edu
Program Start Term: Fall
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 InformationStudents 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:
Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist, who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. Technician may measure, mix, count, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders. They also may need to operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders. In most states, technicians can compound or mix some medications and call physicians for prescription refill authorizations. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, retail pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.
What Will I LearnThis certificate program is offered in one-semester (five courses). It provides instruction in basic pharmacy theories. Courses cover patient data input, processing prescriptions, medical insurance procedures, drug classifications and drug calculations. Learning experiences include lecture, lab, and clinical exposure in local retail and hospitals pharmacies. Students are required to complete a total of 90 clinical hours. Sites and times of clinical hours may vary. The majority of clinic hours will be day shift. A few evening shifts may be available. To ensure success in this class, you should have knowledge of basic algebra, proportional calculations, both reading/writing skills, keyboarding and computer 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 RequirementsApplicants must pass a drug screen and background check before full acceptance into the program. Additional requirements must be met prior to placement in a clinical setting. To be eligible for admission into the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program, you must have an assessment score of 62+ in reading comprehension, 95+ in sentence skills, and 45+ in elementary math, OR have successfully completed CCR 092 and MAT 050 with a "C" or better; and a completed application.
Applications will be assessed in the following manner:
Academic requirements must be meet first before proceeding with a conditional acceptance into the program. If you have questions about the screening process please call: (719) 549-3280. The sooner you submit your application the better chance of being conditionally accepted into the program
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.
The US Department of Labor has a forecast of 20% job growth for pharmacy technicians between the years 2012-22.