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Careers in Criminal Justice

When people think about Criminal Justice, careers they usually think police officer. While we certainly produce many law enforcement professionals through our PPRLEA each year, there are a wide array of careers to choose from, such as mental health counselor or park naturalist.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

One degree option is an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS). This degree includes the PHT Certificate Program, and the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Certificate, in addition to general education courses. This option is great for students who want to earn an accredited degree in addition to their vocational training. This option may qualify students for more specialized positions in the pharmacy industry.

A second option is the PHT Certificate Program. This program is designed for students who are interested in getting educated and entering the career field in the shortest time possible. This Certificate Program meets all requirements for the State Board of Pharmacy for any state requiring ASHP Accredited training or board-approved education for technicians. This program is ASHP/ACPE Accredited as an Advanced Level Pharmacy Technician Education Program.

Third, our Advanced Pharmacy Practice Certificate is for students who do not desire a  degree but want additional advanced training in their field. The Advanced Practice Certificate is for students who successfully complete the foundational PHT Certificate Program and includes additional coursework in nontraditional/advanced pharmacy roles, medical terminology, excel spreadsheet processing, and advanced training and certification in sterile compounding.

Picking the option right for you is complicated and based on many factors. All students should see the a pharmacy technician program adviser when deciding upon degree tracks.

  1. Successful completion of a criminal record check
  2. The ability to effectively read and write in the English language
  3. Documentation of any legal name changes
  4. Residency information and documentation
  5. National PHT Certification (PTCB) is required to transition a Provisional Certificate (PHATP) to a standard Certificate (PHAT) after 18 months
  1. TB test current within one year
  2. MMRx2 or positive titers
  3. Varicella or positive varicella titer
  4. Hepatitis vaccine is strongly recommended, but may not be required
  5. Flu Vaccine for the current flu season is required.

Your questions are important to us and we will return phone calls and emails as soon as we can.

Need additional assistance on selecting a career path that is right for you? Want more information on the various resources available to you? Check out Career Services and our Advising websites for additional information!

See Your Adviser!

Advising is all important when it comes to student success. Pikes Peak State College want to help you learn and earn that degree.

Nicole Barriera is the program coordinator and chair of the pharmacy technician program, and Marcia Janos is a faculty professor for the program. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call Instructor Barriera at 719-502-3344 or Instructor Janos at 719-502-3484. Or email at either: Nicole.Barriera@pikespeak.edu or Marcia.Janos@pikespeak.edu. You may also contact the division office at 719-502-3336 to make an appointment.

Useful Links and Documents

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and re-certification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety. PPSC's Pharmacy Technician Program is PTCB Approved! To find additional information regarding the exam, application process, re-certification process and requirements, access their program website at PTCB.org

All students enrolled in the PPSC PHT Program sit for the PTCB Exam prior to graduation to ensure they are workforce ready and eligible to apply for a Colorado State PHT Certificate (PHAT).

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The ASHP Commission on Credentialing (COC) has representation from various components of the pharmacy profession to ensure the accreditation standards and processes provide quality training that meets the needs of the pharmacy profession. Members of the Commission include representatives from the American Pharmacists Association (APA), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), as well as a dedicated pharmacy technician educator.

ASHP is the only nationally recognized non-governmental, non-profit pharmacy association that has been accrediting pharmacy residencies since 1962 and pharmacy technician training programs in the United States since 1983.

PPSC Pharmacy Technician Program Student Handbook

Review the latest version of the PHT Student Handbook to become familiar with program standards, policies, and requirements. This is available for purchase at the PPSC Bookstore.

Pharmacy Technician Program Tuition and Fees

Knowing your financial obligation and what to expect regarding the cost of the program is important! Upon acceptance to the college all students will receive information via email regarding cost expectations, financial aid options, and payment plan information. Immediate information can also be found on the college website on the Tuition & Fees page, where you can apply for financial aid, review the cost of attendance, and more. For a detailed breakdown of fees and programmatic costs, contact the PHT Program Director for the latest information.