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, simulation labs, 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. 

For more information email PharmTechProgram@dhha.org

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

  • 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:

Community

  • Face-to-face and over the phone customer service

  • Transcribing and filling prescriptions

  • Processing insurance claims

  • Nonsterile compounding

  • Mail-order operations

  • Inventory maintenance

Hospital

  • Delivery of medications to inpatient units

  • Sterile compounding

  • Nonsterile compounding

  • Medication reconciliation

  • Nursing unit inspections

  • Hazardous drug compounding

  • Inventory maintenance

For more information email PharmTechProgram@dhha.org

Program components and schedule

The curriculum for this program is divided into three educational modalities: 
        1. Didactic:         A minimum of 160 hours
        2. Simulated:      A minimum of   50 hours
        3. 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. The simulation lab makes up 50 hours of the program and prepares students for the experiential portion, which is the largest component of training. During the experiential portion, students will have the opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient pharmacy settings. 

Simulation lab skills

Our simulation scenarios within the Pharmacy Technician program give our trainees firsthand experience practicing essential skills in a controlled environment. These skills include:

  • Preparing non-sterile medications such as ointments and suspensions

  • Applying mathematical calculations essential to the duties of pharmacy technicians

  • Practicing accuracy and efficiency while participating in a mock code situation

  • Reconstituting medications for oral dosing

  • Operating an automated dispensing cabinet

  • Navigating the computerized order entry system

  • Reading and entering prescriptions, interacting with insurance companies, and providing customer service

  • Administering vaccines

  • Preparing compounded sterile preparations  while using aseptic technique and maintaining a cleanroom environment

  • Collecting medication histories

  • Scenario-based role playing to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and customer service skills