Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

The next Pharmacy Tech course starts 2/8/21. For more information, email MA-AlliedHealthCE@manchestercc.edu. Online registration is open.

Typical Course Fee and Schedule

  • Fee: $1,200, textbook and workbook is included in the course fee
  • This is LRON format: scheduled virtual meetings and assignments on Blackboard
  • Optional 80 hour Internship (selection process to participate)
  • Instructor: Diane Pacitti, PD, RPh and other professionals from the CT Pharmacists Association

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.  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, the 2019 average hourly wage for Pharmacy Technicians was $16.89 per hour.

Program Course Description

Course Overview

In partnership with the CT Pharmacist Association, this 134-hour Pharmacy Technician Certification Board-recognized course is an educational training program that prepares students for entry-level Pharmacy Technician positions in community, hospital, or long-term care pharmacy settings. The Pharmacy Technician prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist. This course prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam. The course consists of 84 classroom hours (taught virtually, attendance is taken) and 50 simulated hours to be completed virtually by students independently.

Optional Internship/Shadow Experience:

This course now includes an optional 80-hour internship/shadow at Hartford Healthcare facilities. There are limited spaces available. Interested students will go through a selection process based on grades to determine participation.

Course Topics

Medical terminology specific to pharmacy, reading and interpretation of prescriptions, patient and medication safety, professionalism and pharmacy law is covered. A review of the top 100 drugs, including generic and brand name, indication and significant side effects, is also covered. Students are taught conversion factors, calculating dosages, intravenous flow rates and solving compounding problems.

Course Completion

For successful completion of this course, students must earn a grade of 70 or above. Students must attend the virtual class sessions listed. Attendance will be taken. Students are allowed no more than two absences. After the third absence, a student is no longer eligible to pass the course or to sit for the PTCB exam. Logging into a class more than 30 minutes late or logging out more than 30 minutes before class end will count as an absence.

Certification Exam

The course fee does not include the PTCB exam fee (approximately $129). Students can sit for the exam after passing the course. Exam information can be found on the PTCB website, www.ptcb.org. Anyone convicted of a felony is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by PTCB to take the exam. The Instructor will explain how to register for the PTCB exam.

Course Supplies

Strong math skills including knowledge of single variable algebra are required. The course fee includes the textbook and workbook (Pharmacy Certified Technician Training Manual, 14th edition and the Calculations Workbook, 5th edition).

Spring 2021 Course Info:

CRN 10859 | Fee: $1,200
28 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays
2/8-5/24 (does not meet 2/14, 3/15 and 3/17)
6-8 p.m. | Virtual class sessions via Blackboard Collaborate
Instructor: Diane Pacitti, Ph.D., R.Ph.

Payment in full at time of registration.  Non-Credit courses do not qualify for financial aid or payment plans. Students will not be dropped for non-payment.  If a student registers for the course but does not pay, they will be billed regardless of whether they attend. To receive a refund, students must drop the course before 5 p.m. the last business day before the start date of the course. Our Refund Policy is listed online, here. Students can drop a course through myCommNet or by sending an email to CEinfo@manchestercc.edu.

Financial aid is not available for non-credit courses (such as the CNA course), however some Scholarships and/or SNAP Benefit Scholarships may be available

Pharmacy Technician Internship Shadow at Hartford Hospital or Hartford Healthcare Facilities:
Students in this course may choose to participate in an optional, 80-hour internship through Hartford Healthcare. Interns will gain experience working under the direction of Hartford Healthcare’s pharmacy staff in hospital and community settings. To be considered, students in the class must be up to date in completion of coursework and must pass a drug test and background check (approximately $72 not included in course fee). Students participating in the internship may be considered for employment opportunities in the Hartford Healthcare system. There may be an additional cost for parking at some facilities..

More Information

Carleigh Schultz, MS
Director of Non-Credit Programs

For more information about upcoming classes, please see the Allied Health section of the latest Non-Credit Workforce Development catalog.  Email MA-AlliedHealthCE@manchestercc.edu or visit the registration page.