Pharmacy Technician

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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The Pharmacy Technician Program holds dual accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE).

Pharmacy Technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. The pharmacy technician has broad knowledge and training in pharmacy, however does not require the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians perform the practical duties, allowing the pharmacist to focus on patient education, pharmaceutical care and medication management.

Admission to the college does not assure admission to the pharmacy technician program. All students interested in the pharmacy technician program who do not have previous college courses must complete the PPCC placement exams prior to being advised. Admission to the pharmacy technician program is accomplished through an application and selection process. Students can pick up a Pharmacy Technician Program Admission Application at the Division of Health and Sciences office at either the Centennial or Rampart Range Campus. NO APPLICATION WILL BE REVIEWED THAT IS NOT FULLY COMPLETED. Once completed, please submit to the Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator and make an appointment to review necessary information at that time.

Pharmacies and varying facilities where pharmacy technicians are employed require criminal background checks and drug screens for both employment and all students completing clinical rotations. For information on specific disqualifiers, students should contact a PHT faculty advisor. Students who do not obtain a PPCC approved criminal background check and drug screen as according to program policy will not be allowed to complete the program or enroll in internship classes. Failure to pass the above tests will result in the inability to complete the desired certificate or degree.

Students should complete specific program prerequisites and meet with the PHT Program Director prior to submitting the pharmacy technician application. Courses to be completed prior to application to the program are CSC 105 or CIS 118, CCR 092 and MAT 050.

Upon provisional acceptance, the program director will notify the student of dates needed to obtain additional information.

  • Criminal background check
  • Drug Screen
  • Health statement/immunizations

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, organize, and evaluate information for direct patient care
  • Prepare prescriptions accurately in both the community and institutional pharmacy settings
  • Perform mathematical calculations required to verify the measurements, preparation, and/or packaging of medication
  • Illustrate skills & knowledge that align with the critical knowledge domains of the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

General Education Courses

CIS 155

PC Spreadsheet Concepts

3

COM 225

Organizational Communication

3

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

MAT 103

Math for Clinical Calculations

3

PSY 100

Psychology of Workplace Relationships

3

 

 

15

Additional Required Courses

CHE 101

Introduction to Chemistry I w/Lab: SC1

5

or

 

 

BIO 111

General College Biology I w/Lab: SC1

(5)

HPR 178

Medical Terminology

2

HPR 208

Medical Record Terminology

2

HWE 100

Human Nutrition

3

HWE 103

Community First Aid & CPR

1

PHT 111

Introduction to Pharmacy

3

PHT 112

Pharmacy Law

2

PHT 114

Computer Skills for Pharmacy Technicians

1

PHT 115

Pharmacology I

3

PHT 116

Institutional Pharmacy

3

PHT 118

Pharmacology II

3

PHT 119

Community Pharmacy

3

PHT 170

Pharmacy Clinical: Institutional

4

PHT 171

Pharmacy Clinical: Community

4

PHT 235

Pharmaceutical Calculations & Compounding Techniques

4

PHT 250

Sterile Compounding & Aseptic Technique

2

PHT 255

Advanced Pharmacy Practice

2

 

 

47

Total Credit Hours

62

Certificates

Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Students must successfully complete the initial PPCC Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program before being eligible to complete the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Certificate. Students that register for the advanced pharmacy practice courses without first meeting this requirement and having approval from the program director will be administratively withdrawn from the course.

CIS 155

PC Spreadsheet Concepts

3

HPR 178

Medical Terminology

2

HPR 208

Medical Record Terminology

2

PHT 250

Sterile Compounding & Aseptic Technique

2

PHT 255

Advanced Pharmacy Practice & Nontraditonal Roles

2

Total Credit Hours

11

Pharmacy Technician

Gainful Employment Disclosure at https://apps.ppcc.edu/catalog/ge/pharmacy-technician

COM 225

Organizational Communication

3

PHT 111

Introduction to Pharmacy

3

PHT 112

Pharmacy Law

2

PHT 114

Computer Skills for Pharmacy Technicians

1

PHT 115

Pharmacology I

3

PHT 116

Institutional Pharmacy

3

PHT 118

Pharmacology II

3

PHT 119

Community Pharmacy

3

PHT 170

Pharmacy Clinical: Institutional

4

PHT 171

Pharmacy Clinical: Community

4

PHT 235

Pharmaceutical Calculations & Compounding Techniques

4

Total Credit Hours

33

Additional information available on the Pharmacy Technician Department website at www.ppcc.edu/pharmacy-technician.