Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

The next Pharmacy Tech course starts in February 2021; registration will open in December. For more information, email CEinfo@manchestercc.edu.

Become a Pharmacy Technician in one semester!

Typical Course Fee and Schedule

  • Fee: $1,200, textbook is included in the course fee
  • 28 sessions, Mondays & Wednesdays
  • 16 weeks, 6-8 PM, Online via WebEx
  • Optional 80 hour Internship (selection process to participate)
  • Instructor: Diane Pacitti, PD, RPh

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

This 134-hour Pharmacy Technician Certification Board-recognized course is an educational training program which 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the classroom portion of the course will be conducted in remote learning format, using WebEx meetings and Blackboard course management system. Mandatory training in the use of Blackboard will be provided prior to class. The course consists of 84 classroom hours (taught virtually through WebEx, attendance is taken) and 50 simulated hours to be completed virtually by students independently.

Internship

This course now includes an optional 80-hour externship at Hartford Healthcare facilities. See additional information below.

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, calculate dosages, intravenous flow rates and solve 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 below. Attendance will be taken. Students are allowed no more than 2 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

Students must have access to a computer with webcam to attend the virtual course meetings via Webex. Strong math skills up to single variable algebra are required. The courses fee includes the textbook and workbook (Pharmacy Certified Technician Training Manual, 14th edition and the Calculations Workbook, 5th edition.  A calculator is also needed.

Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Students will NOT be dropped for non-payment. To receive a refund, students must drop the course by 5 p.m. the last business day before class starts or they will be billed for the course whether or not they attend. Financial aid is not available for non-credit courses, however some scholarships and/or SNAP benefit Scholarships may be available.  

NEW! Pharmacy Technician Internship at Hartford Hospital or Hartford Healthcare Facilities

This semester, MCC’s Pharmacy Technician course includes a new opportunity for students to participate in an optional 80-hour Pharmacy Technician Externship at multiple Hartford Healthcare Pharmacy sites. This externship is included in the course fee, however not guaranteed for all students.  There are limited internship spots per semester.  There will be a selection process based on grades. The internship affords students the opportunity to gain experience working under the direction of Hartford Healthcare’s pharmacy staff in hospital and community settings.  In order to be considered for the Externships, students 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 Externships may be considered for employment opportunities in the Hartford Healthcare system.

More Information

Lorraine Doonan
Coordinator of Non-Credit Allied Health Programs
Continuing Education Division, Non-Credit Programs

For more information about upcoming classes, please see the Allied Health section of the latest non-credit course catalog.  Email CEinfo@manchestercc.edu or click here to register!