In the state of Colorado, there are no requirements to work as a Pharmacy Assistant, or as a Pharmacy Technician. The interested individual may contact the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board for more information on certification and licensing. Generally, the individual will study pharmacy technology which includes basic math and algebra skills, mastering the English language, HIPPA regulations, pharmacy law and ethics, and compliance with the various drug related state and federal agencies. Certain training is required to be HIPPA compliant, or otherwise.
The national test prepares each individual for a career in pharmacy, and requires that the individual be knowledgeable in drugs, brand and generic names, prescribed doses, and even hospital centered knowledge on different ways of mixing drugs. This is to better assist the Pharmacist while on duty.
The requirements for sitting for the national pharmacy test are as follows:
- High school diploma or its equivalent (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma).
- No felony conviction.
- No drug or pharmacy related convictions, including misdemeanors. These violations must be disclosed to PTCB.
- No denial, suspension, revocation, or restriction of registration or licensure, consent order or other restriction by any State Board of Pharmacy.
- No admission of misconduct or violation of regulations of any State Board of Pharmacy.
An individual who wishes to begin their career in pharmacy within the state of Colorado may want to consider becoming a Pharmacy Intern. This is the next step a student may take when deciding to become a Pharmacist. This position requires intensive educational and formal training, and must meet and adhere to federal pharmacy regulations as well.
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