Pharmacy Technician

Job Description

The pharmacy technician prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist and may measure, mix, count, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications. Students will learn medical terminology specific to the pharmacy and interpret prescriptions, define drugs by generic and brand names, calculate dosage and I.V. flow rates, drug compounding and dose conversion. A pharmacy technician may also review refill requests to verify that information is complete and accurate; maintain proper storage and security for drugs; answer telephones and respond to customer questions and requests; fill bottles with prescribed medications; type and affix labels; assist customers; price and file prescriptions that have been filled; clean and help to maintain equipment and work areas; and sterilize glassware according to prescribed methods.

Employment Outlook

According to the CT Department of Labor (DOL), the 2018 average hourly wage for Pharmacy Technicians is $16.17 per hour.

Admission Requirements

Have you successfully completed a college-level math course?
IF YES: Bring a photo ID and a copy of your transcript and proceed directly to the Registrar’s office to register.
IF NO: You must take a reading and math comprehension test at no cost.

To take a comprehension test, call 860-512-2826 to set up an appointment to meet with the Program Coordinator of Credit-free Allied Health programs. You can also stop by LRC B105 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please bring a photo ID and your high school diploma or GED with you.

The test is usually given Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. and on Fridays between 1 and 3 p.m. (except holidays), until the class fills.

Program Description

This comprehensive, 60-hour course will prepare students for an entry-level position in a community, hospital or long-term care setting. The course is also an excellent review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam. Topics will include medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculation, I.V. flow rate, drug compounding, and dose conversion. Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing and insurance reimbursement will also be discussed.

Time Commitment

This course meets twice a week for 10 weeks, for a total of 20 classroom sessions.

Payment Information

Course Fee: $825
(The course fee includes the textbook)

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam Fee: approximately $129
(Please check the PTCB Website for more exam information)

Easy Ways to Register

Online registration is not available for this course. Register for the free Pharmacy Technician information session by calling the Registrar’s Office at 860-512-3232.

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More Information

For more information about the Pharmacy Technician certification program, please see the “Allied Health” section of the latest credit-free catalog or contact the Continuing Education Allied Health Coordinator.

Manchester Community College
Continuing Education Division, Credit-Free Programs
Elaine Wiatr
Interim Allied Health Program Coordinator