Why Choose the Pharmacy Technician Program at PPCC?
Choosing to study pharmacy tech at PPCC means you will be prepared for a career in assisting licensed pharmacists with sterile compounding, making IV medications, organizing drug inventory, and performing authorizations for patients. PPCC was the first advanced-level nationally-accredited program in southern Colorado, the only program in the state to offer an associate degree program, and their graduates experience 80–90% job placement rates. You have access to excellent clinical facilities and staff, state-of-the-art labs and highly experienced faculty. Pharmacy tech graduates can work in a variety of environments including hospitals, retail pharmacies, labs, and senior healthcare facilities.
What do PPCC Pharmacy Technician students study?
The pharmacy technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The program provides students broad knowledge and training in pharmacy, preparing students to assist licensed pharmacists, allowing the pharmacist to focus on patient education, pharmaceutical care and medication management.
As a student in the pharmacy technician program at PPCC, students will:
- Develop an understanding of clinical laboratory equipment to develop hands-on pharmacy technician skills.
- Gain valuable on-the-job training during your externship.
- Train to work as a member of a pharmacy team in both institutional and community settings.
- Get personalized, hands-on instruction from an experienced and caring staff.
Example Classes You Might Take
STUDENTS MUST MEET WITH A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM FACULTY MEMBER TO MAP OUT A GRADUATION PLAN BEFORE BEING ADMITTED INTO PHARMACY TECHNICIAN COURSES!
The pharmacy technician is a crucial link in the health care system. Qualified pharmacy technicians are in high demand, due to the increase in pharmacists’ workloads, an aging population, and a shortage of qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. You work to assist and support licensed pharmacists.
Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings, to include hospitals, retail pharmacies, home healthcare, compounding pharmacies, and insurance companies. They assist the pharmacist by performing sterile compounding and making IV medications; mixing, measuring and packaging medications to be dispensed; organizing drug inventory; billing for pharmacy services and performing authorizations for patients; answering calls and working as a liaison between the patient and their health providers; and managing customer service needs with utmost regard for patient safety.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program, students should be able to:
- Interpret, fill, and distribute prescriptions for medications in both the community and institutional pharmacy settings under supervision of a pharmacist.
- Demonstrate proper aseptic technique in the preparation of sterile medication products.
- Accurately perform pharmaceutical calculations applicable to job responsibilities in both community and institutional pharmacy settings.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the use and side effects of prescription and nonprescription drugs used to treat common disease states.
- Apply the laws governing the practice of pharmacy at the state and federal levels.