Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

Registration for the Spring 2022 Pharmacy Tech course is now open.
Register online
; see full schedule below.

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.

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 PTCB exam fee is included in this course. After receiving a passing grade, the student’s exam application will be submitted to PTCB and paid for by the college. 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.

Optional Internship/Shadow: Students can participate in an optional, 80-hour Hartford Healthcare internship. Interns will gain experience working under the direction of pharmacy staff in one of HHC’s eight hospital or community locations across the state. To be considered, students must have a passing grade in the class with no missing assignments, show proof of immunizations (including Covid-19 vaccination and seasonal flu shot), pass a drug test and background check (additional $72) and provide proof of health insurance. 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.

SPRING 2022 COURSE: CRN 10956 | Fee: $1,400 (registration deadline 1/31) | 28 virtual sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays | 2/7-5/11 | 6-8 PM | online | Instructor: Diane Pacitti, PhD, RPh Textbook/workbook pick up will be Friday, 2/4 from 1-4 PM in the AST Lobby. 

Prerequisites

Students must be at least 18 years of age by the start date of class and must have a high school diploma or GED.

Typical Course Fee and Schedule

  • Fee: $1,400, textbook, workbook, and PTCB exam fee 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.

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

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 catalog.