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The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to instruct students in both the academic and clinical skills necessary to be a successful pharmacy technician. The program begins in the fall semester of each year. The Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Program is designed to be completed in one year. For the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician Degree, prerequisite courses, including Essential Learning courses, are completed in year two of the program. The application process occurs in the second semester of the first year. Once accepted to the program, the second year prepares students to work as advanced pharmacy technicians and assist in pharmacy operations.

As the only Pharmacy Technician Program on the Western Slope, this program will provide an educated and well-trained pharmacy technician professional who has practical experience based upon internship hours needed for the degree. Students will be ready for employment upon graduation. The AAS in Pharmacy Technician from Western Colorado Community College enables students to advance in their careers and apply for jobs as a compounding lab technician, pharmacy service technician, pharmacy implementation specialist or similar roles. Earning an associate degree can also help a student prepare for a Doctor of Pharmacy or a bachelor’s degree in a related field. An important strength of the program is the ability of students to experience hands-on application of Pharmacy Technician skills through an internship with both an institutional and community pharmacy.

For the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician, prerequisite courses, including Essential Learning courses, are completed in year two of the program. Pharmacy Technicians who take and pass the certifying examination offered by the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) are certified and authorized to use the initials CPhT to designate their status as Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technicians, which further allows them to apply for licensure in their individual states.

Academic Requirements for Pharmacy Technician in Associate of Applied Science

The Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate is designed to cover both the academic and clinical skills necessary to perform as a entry-level pharmacy technician. The certificate program is designed to be completed in one year.

Academic Requirements for Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician in Certificate

Employment Opportunities

Pharmacy technicians may be employed by chain, independent, hospital, compounding, long-term care, nuclear, and mail-order pharmacies. They may also work for pharmacy benefit managers and in oncology clinics.