Pharmacy Technician

Are you a detail-oriented person who loves working behind the scenes? Do you want to play a critical role in healthcare, supporting both patients and healthcare providers? In less than one year you can learn how to be a pharmacy technician. FRCC's hands-on training prepares you to join the pharmacy team in this important role. You'll gain the skills, training and support you need to help pharmacists ensure the health and safety of patients.

Why Study to be a Pharmacy Technician at Front Range Community College?

We'll prepare you to work in community and institutional pharmacy settings and help you make important career connections.

Our one-year program prepares you to perform pharmacy-related functions, so you can work alongside pharmacists, pharmacy managers and other valuable healthcare professionals. Our training includes classroom and simulated components along with a hands-on experience to prepare you to enter the healthcare workforce.

Our program also prepares you to take the Pharmacy Technician National Examination. After passing the exam, you can register and apply for licensure to practice in Colorado.

At the Westminster Campus, you can enter the program in either the fall or the spring semester.

At the Larimer Campus, you can enter the program in the spring semester.

Certificate Details

Advanced Pharmacy Technician Training

Program Locations: Larimer, Westminster

Total Credits: 26 credits (2 semesters)

The program prepares you to assist in the preparation of prescribed medications, including retrieving, counting, pouring, weighing, measuring and mixing medications. You'll be qualified to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility or mail-order pharmacy.

During the first semester you'll attend classes and during the second semester you'll complete an internship in both a hospital and a community pharmacy setting.

This program prepares you to sit to take the Pharmacy Technician National Examination.

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FRCC works with several apprenticeship employers to provide students with opportunities to become apprentices. As an apprentice, you'll earn while you learn—getting paid for on-the-job training while you work at the employer's facility. Apprenticeships can also provide you with a competitive advantage in the workforce, as well as wage increases and opportunities for career advancement.

Careers & Outcomes

Your certificate can open doors for a career in a variety of healthcare facilities.


FRCC’s advanced pharmacy technician program is nationally accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). The program is also recognized by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students enrolling or continuing at Front Range Community College (FRCC) have a right to certain information that the college is required by law to provide. As a student applying for or attending the Advanced Level Pharmacy Technician (PHT) Program, you have the right to know it meets the certification criteria for Colorado. The certificate will count toward licensing or certification in states other than Colorado. If you are planning to seek to work outside of Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact the State’s certifying or licensing entity for guidance before you begin this program. State-by-state information is available on the Pharmacy Technician Career Guide site. 

This program meets the applicable state prerequisites for licensure or certification in Colorado as listed below: 

FRCC has determined the Advanced Level Pharmacy Technician (PHT) Program meets applicable state prerequisites for licensure and certification in states other than Colorado. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.