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Pharmacy Technician Certification

Offered at: Westminster

This program provides quality training to produce professional pharmacy technicians prepared to sit for the national pharmacy certification exam. Our curriculum prepares students to succeed in a competitive economy by focusing on quality, innovative technology, self-initiative, and problem solving. Front Range Community College is committed to meeting the pharmacy technician needs of the community it serves.

Pharmacy Technician

29 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to assist in the preparation of prescribed medications, including retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and mix medications. You will be qualified to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, assisted living facilities or mail-order pharmacies.

The program includes three, five-week instruction modules in one semester at the Westminster Campus and then two five-week experiential modules in hospital and community settings in the second semester.

Pharmacy-ashp_logoFRCC’s Pharmacy Technician Certification is nationally accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Pharmacy Technician certificate: See required courses by semester.

See admission/certificate requirements.

See Pharmacy course descriptions

See gainful employment information.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate, communicate and apply personal/interpersonal knowledge and skills.
  2. Identify, demonstrate, and perform foundational professional knowledge and skills.
  3. Demonstrate, perform, and assist pharmacists in the processing and handling of medications and medication orders.
  4. Prepare sterile and non-sterile compounded products.
  5. Demonstrate, communicate, and apply procurement, billing, reimbursement and inventory management procedures.
  6. Demonstrate, communicate, apply, and assist pharmacists in patient- and medication-safety.
  7. Describe and apply the use of technology and informatics in the healthcare environment.
  8. Demonstrate, communicate and apply compliance with pharmacy regulatory issues.
  9. Demonstrate, communicate and apply quality assurance practices and reporting.

Information Session

Learn more about our Pharmacy Technician program the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in room A0211. Find us on a map.

Visit the Westminster Campus Allied Health department page to learn more about our program; look under the Program Information section.

Transfer Options

Want to be a Registered Pharmacist?

It’s possible for pharmacy technicians to earn admission into a school of pharmacy. Some of our graduates have done so, and others are working toward that goal. After earning their certification, students have returned to FRCC to pass the required classes (mostly in the science area) to be considered for admission to a school of pharmacy. We recommend you work closely with your advisor.

Annual Salary

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Pharmacy Technician
$26,148
$34,825
$39,163

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2016)

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