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Colorado Pharmacy Technician Training Programs

Colorado pharmacy technician training programs

The rules for practicing pharmacy technicians in the state of Colorado can be tricky. However, certain aspects add validity to recommendations provided by schools, teachers, and employer’s alike—aspiring pharmacy technicians have a better chance of landing a good job if they have a certificate or degree in the field, plus certification.

While the State of Colorado does not register/certify or license pharmacy technicians, certain rules apply to pharmacies or similar establishments that employ three or more pharmacy technicians. The following became effective July 1, 2011:

A pharmacist may supervise up to three persons who are either pharmacy interns or pharmacy technicians, of whom no more than two may be pharmacy interns. If three pharmacy technicians are on duty, at least one shall be certified by a nationally recognized certification board, possess a degree from an accredited pharmacy technician training program, or have completed five hundred hours of experiential training in duties described in section 12-22-102 (26) (b) at the pharmacy as certified by the pharmacist manager.

Further:

The manager shall be responsible for posting the following information for each

pharmacy technician working in the compounding/dispensing area :

1. Certificate indicating the technician is certified by a nationally recognized

certification Board, or

2. Diploma indicating the technician has graduated from an accredited pharmacy

technician training program, or

3. Documentation that the pharmacy technician has completed five hundred hours of

experiential training at the pharmacy. This documentation must be certified by the

pharmacist manager of the prescription drug outlet; or

4. Documentation that the pharmacy technician does not have certification from a

nationally recognized certification Board, has not graduated from an accredited

pharmacy technician training program, and has not completed 500 hours of

experiential training at the pharmacy.

The regulations set forth by the Colorado Board of Pharmacy give employer’s even more incentive to hire technicians with education and certification in the field. Fortunately, the state of Colorado is home to a number of schools that can help you pass the certification exam and qualify for choice positions.

Colorado Schools with Pharmacy Technician Training Programs:

Pharmacy Technician Programs – Major Colorado Colleges and Universities

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

Pharmacy Technician Programs - Colorado Colleges

Arapahoe Community College - Littleton

Emily Griffith Opportunity School - Denver

Front Range Community College - Westminster

Heritage College - Denver

Morgan Community College – Fort Morgan

Northeastern Junior College - Sterling

Pikes Peak Community College - Colorado Springs

Pueblo Community College - Pueblo Assoc

Pima Institute - Colorado, Denver