Program CoordinatorBonnie Housh 719-549-3198 Bonnie.Housh@pueblocc.edu
Program Start Term: Fall & Spring
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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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:
Duties Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:
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 LearnThis 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.
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.