Colorado Mountain College Solves Pharmacy Technician Shortage With New Program

A new program at Colorado Mountain College could help fill pharmacy technician positions in the state, a spokesperson for the university said.

“Most pharmacies in all of our CMC service areas hire at least two technicians at this point,” said Amy Connerton, CMC pharmacy technician program director and associate professor, explaining that the college serves nine counties across the state. .

Due to Colorado law enacted in 2019, pharmacy technicians working in the state are required to receive certification through the State Board of Pharmacy.

CMC’s pharmacy technician program allows graduates to apply for the pharmacy technician certification exam, and if they pass the exam, they are eligible to work as technicians in hospitals, clinics, residences- services or pharmacies.

“The pharmacy technician path provides a level of exposure to the medical field that allows people to determine whether they wish to pursue a medical career,” said Elizabeth Poulos, CMC dean of the School of Nursing, Nursing Sciences. health, public safety, well-being and outdoor studies. “And they have a guaranteed job after certification to provide them with hourly income as they decide where to go with their medical careers.”

A press release from CMC says pharmacy technicians in Colorado can earn up to $ 27 an hour.

To be eligible for the program, a potential student must pass an academic placement test, but there are no prerequisite courses, Connerton said. Students entering the program only need to take courses related to the program to earn their certification, she added.

“Students will receive a basic introduction to pharmacy, learn law and ethics, calculations, drug classifications, drug preparation, aseptic techniques,” said Connerton.

With eight students enrolled in the inaugural program, Connerton said she believes certification courses, which consist of around 29 credits, are off to a good start, but would like to see enrollment double in the future.

“The program is offered completely online, so students can participate from all over our district,” she said. “Our goal is for all registrants to receive their certification within three semesters. “

Currently enrolled students are expected to graduate from the program in July. Those interested in the program can register for the college’s spring 2022 semester through CMC’s open enrollment program, according to a press release. Go to for more information on registration.

Once certified, Poulos said students could be placed with employers in partnership with the college.

“We will follow up with them after we receive their certificates to make sure they have found work,” she said. “If not, we can help them build these relationships with our network of health care providers. “

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