National American University
National American University has Colorado locations in Centennial, Denver, and two campuses in Colorado Springs. This institution has national accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Local campuses have further regional accreditations.
National American University is a private school which offers students small classes with personalized instruction. They offer flexible schedules which are adaptable for the working adult. Students graduating from their pharmacy technician training program earn an Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician degree. This program meets Colorado’s pharmacy technician requirements. Students are also prepared for taking the PTCB exam to become certified.
National American University’s Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician program can be completed in as little as two years with full-time enrollment. The cost for tuition and fees is $31,937.50. Books will cost an additional $2,700. Other costs and fees may be required.
Pike’s Peak Community College
Founded in 1968, Pike’s Peak Community College is a two-year college which give’s students the option of transferring to a local university upon graduation. With locations in Centennial and Rampart Range, Pike’s Peak offers an Associate in Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology and a Pharmacy Technician Certificate.
Acceptance into Pike’s Peak Community College does not guarantee a student a place in either pharmacy technician program. Before applying to these programs, the student must complete all prerequisite courses with satisfactory grades. In order to get into this program, students must go through an application and selection process. Once selected, students must also submit to a criminal background check and drug screening. Certain immunizations are also required.
Pike’s Peak Community College participates in the “College Opportunity Fund” (COF). Depending on the student’s COF qualifications, residency and other factors, tuition ranges from $167.85 – $304.40 per credit hours. Other fees and costs do apply. This does not include the cost for books. The lowest fees are paid by Colorado residents who qualify under the College Opportunity Fund. The highest rates are paid by international students.
Arapahoe Community College
Arapahoe Community College offers a Pharmacy Technician Certificate. This program consists of 15 weeks of classroom and laboratory training followed by an eight week externship period. The externship gives students four weeks of hands-on training in community pharmacy settings and in institutional pharmacies. All classes are offered in online format. The Pharmacy Technician Certification program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Founded in 1965, Arapahoe Community College was the first 2-year college in the greater Denver area. Class sizes are small; averaging only 16.3 students per class. More than 70% of the students are enrolled part-time. Class schedules are flexible with day, evening and online classes offered. Arapahoe Community College also participates in the College Opportunity Fund (COF), for qualifying students.
Emily Griffith Opportunity School
Emily Griffith Opportunity School offers students an economical and fast choice for education in Pharmacy Technology. This school offers a Pharmacy Technician Certificate program which can be completed in only 7 months. The program consists of 336 contact hours (25 credit hours). The student is only required to complete 10 courses:
· Orientation to Pharmacy
· Computer Skills
· Pharmacology of the GI, Renal, Reproductive, Immune, Dermatologic Systems
· Institutional Pharmacy
· Pharmacology of the Nervous, Endocrine, Musculoskeletal Systems
· Community Pharmacy
· Certification Review
· Employment Preparation
· Drug Classification
· Pharmaceutical Calculations and Compounding Techniques
The cost of attending Emily Griffith Opportunity School’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is $2,275 for tuition plus $950 in materials. This can be viewed as a great investment with their job placement rating of 85%.
This 95 year old public school has locations in Watkins and Denver, Colorado.Emily Griffith Opportunity School receives accreditation from The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, and Denver Public Schools.
Other Pharmacy Technician Programs in Colorado
Colorado has many schools which offer training to pharmacy technicians. Some additional options include:
· Institute of Business and Medical Careers – offering Pharmacy Technician Certificate programs in Fort Collins, Greely, and Longmont
· Everest College – Locations in Aurora and Thorton providing Pharmacy Technician Certificate programs
· Pima Medical Institute – located in Denver, offers certificate program in pharmacy technology
· Remington College – providing courses in pharmacy technician certification in Colorado Springs
There are also several schools which offer online training to pharmacy technicians. The University of Phoenix has several locations in Colorado for on-campus learning and they offer online classes. Completing this course leads to an Associate in Science degree in pharmacy technology. Online pharmacy technician certificate programs are offered by Heritage College and Kaplan University.
While each of the programs listed here meet the requirements for working in a pharmacy in Colorado, perspective pharmacy technicians should be aware that higher levels of educations often lead to higher paying jobs and more opportunities for promotion. With a certificate program, the student will be prepared for entry level positions in retail pharmacies. Hospitals and other institutions usually prefer to hire those with more in-depth training or several years of experience. Likewise, management positions often require higher levels of education. Each of these aspects should be taken into consideration when choosing an educational program.