Pharmacy Technician Certification

Take this class for free! This course is eligible for Career ConneCT scholarships. To check if you qualify, visit the Career ConneCT website and click register to apply. MCC Foundation Scholarships may also be available.

Registration for Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 is open.
Register online
; see full schedule below.

Summer 2024 Schedule

CRN 80123 | Fee: $1,999 (registration deadline 5/28)
28 sessions | Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
6/3-8/8 | 6-9 p.m. | live online (LRON)
No class 6/19 and 7/4
Textbook/workbook is included in cost of the course. Pick up May 28 -30, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in LRC B147 (map).

Fall 2024 Schedule

CRN 80302 | Fee: $1,999 (registration deadline 8/26)
28 sessions | Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
9/4-11/6 | 6-9 p.m. | live online (LRON)
Textbook/workbook is included in cost of the course. Pick up August 26-30, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in LRC B147 (map).

Instructors: Diane Pacitti, PhD, RPh and Margaret Burke, RPh

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 virtual classroom hours (attendance is taken) and 50 hours of additional independent classwork. This class is taught through a live online lecture (LRON).

Course Completion: For successful completion of this course, students must earn a minimum grade of 70, and miss no more than two classes. 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 Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam fee is included in the cost of this course. After receiving a passing grade, the students will be emailed a voucher to register for the exam free of charge. The voucher covers sitting for the exam once. Any additional attempts must be paid for by the student (approximately $120). Anyone convicted of a felony is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by PTCB to take the exam. For more information visit www.ptcb.org and https://home.pearsonvue.com/ptcb/onvue

Course Supplies: Internet access and computer with a microphone and webcam. Strong math skills including knowledge of single variable algebra are required. The course fee includes the Pharmacy Certified Technician Training Manual, 14th edition, the Calculations Workbook, 5th edition, and the PTCB exam fee.

Prerequisites

Students must be at least 18 years of age by the start of class and must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) by the time they take the national PTCB exam.

Typical Course Fee and Schedule

  • Fee: $1,999, textbook, workbook, and PTCB exam fee is included in the course fee
  • This is LRON format: scheduled virtual meetings and assignments on Blackboard
  • 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 2022 average hourly wage for Pharmacy Technicians was $18.89 per hour.

Drops and Refunds

Payment is due 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. Please see the Non-credit Registration page for Refund Policy. 

Financial aid is not available for non-credit courses; however, some scholarships and/or SNAP Benefit scholarships may be available.

More Information

Contact: CEinfo@manchestercc.edu