Pharmacy Technician pulling a prescription

Pharmacy Technician

 

Announcement

The PCC Pharmacy Technician program has openings for additional students. There are no prerequisite required to apply. General education courses can be taken in person or online during the three semester program. Application deadline has been extended to August 1, 2021.

NEWS:
Parkview Health System is investing in the PCC Pharmacy Tech program by offering tuition forgiveness to PCC students who qualify, and sign a commitment letter to Parkview.

Why PCC?

Our instructors are certified pharmacy technicians with years of experience working in both hospital and retail settings. Through a combination of lectures, labs and hands-on training, they will ensure that you are well prepared to begin your career as a pharmacy technician.

What will I learn?

PCC’s Pharmacy Technician 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.

To ensure success in this class, you should have knowledge of basic algebra, proportional calculations, reading/writing skills, keyboarding and computer skills. You will learn to measure, mix, count, label and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders. You also will learn 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. 
You will participate in clinical hours at retail and hospital pharmacies to gain hands-on experience. The locations and times of clinical hours may vary; most hours will be day shifts but some evening shifts may be available. 

Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

Program requirements

Applicants 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 a Classic Accuplacer score of 62+ in reading comprehension, 95+ in sentence skills, and 45+ in elementary math; OR Next Gen Accuplacer scores of 235 or higher in writing and Math NGQA of 260 or higher OR have successfully completed CCR 092 or higher and MAT 103 with a "C" or better (MAT 103 maybe completed prior to program entrance or may be taken with core courses) and a completed application.

Applications will be assessed in the following manner:

  1. All academic requirements must be met (assessment scores or classes with a "C" or better)
  2. Chronological date of application submitted
  3. Cleared background check
  4. Negative drug screen (includes a negative screen for THC)

If you have questions about the screening process please call 719-549-3280. The sooner you submit your application, the better the chance of being conditionally accepted.

 

Marijuana Policy

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, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.

Program Information

Location
Pueblo Campus
Pathway
Health Professions
Awards
Certificate
Course Availability
Day, Evening, Online
Program Start
Fall
Program Length
3 Semesters