Pharmacy Technician Training and Education Program

It's never too early or too late to start a career as a pharmacy technician! 

Program Highlights

Students in this program will benefit from the following:

  • 6-month program of training and education free of charge.
  • Full time, benefitted employment while in the program. Upon completion of this program, students are expected to pass the PTCB and become a certified and licensed technician and work for Denver Health for a minimum of 12 months, but we hope to have you around for a lot longer!
  • During training, Denver Health will provide a provisional pharmacy technician license.
  • 600 hours of education to include online learning and experiential rotations at a minimum of two pharmacy sites within the Denver Health system.
  • Hands-on learning directly within the industry, providing the best possible learning opportunities for our students.
  • Highly skilled and educated preceptors and staff.
  • Working in a healthcare setting that values our diverse patient population and workforce. 


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Successful students have the following qualities:

  • Self-starter
  • Ambitious and motivated
  • Professional with a strong work ethic
  • Successful with online learning
  • Team-player, willing to jump in and help
  • Flexible and punctual
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • Welcomes feedback and looks for every opportunity to learn and grow 
  • Desires to learn and grow with us at Denver Health!

Admission Criteria

  • Completion of program application
  • Copy of high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of DH affiliate criminal background check and drug screen
  • Compliance with DH immunization requirements
  • Passing scores for pre-enrollment Math and English competency assessment
  • Availability of an open position at the time of application
  • Candidates are selected based on above criteria and interview results 

Decide which pharmacy setting is the best fit for you

Students who apply to this program should research both community and hospital pharmacy so that they can make an informed decision as to which setting would be the best fit before applying to the program.  Here are a few highlights of each:


  • Face-to-face and over the phone customer service
  • Transcribing and filling prescriptions
  • Processing insurance claims
  • Nonsterile compounding
  • Mail-order operations
  • Inventory maintenance


  • Delivery of medications to inpatient units
  • Sterile compounding
  • Nonsterile compounding
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Nursing unit inspections
  • Hazardous drug compounding
  • Inventory maintenance


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Program components and schedule

The curriculum for this program is divided into two educational modalities: 
        1. Didactic:         A minimum of 160 hours
        2. Experiential:   A minimum of 340 hours
                                              Total:   500 hours

160 hours of the didactic portion of the program is through Pharmacy Technicians University (PTU), an online, competency-based curriculum for training pharmacy technicians. During the experiential portion, students will have the opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient pharmacy settings.