quinebaug valley community college

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other products to patients. Pharmacy Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They also perform administrative duties, such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers.

 

Program Description

This certificate program will prepare students to start a new career path at a hospital or pharmacy while working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist as described above. Proper customer service in the health care setting will also be emphasized. Additionally, the instructor will spend some time focusing on the quantitative procedures, such as: prescription filling, sterile product preparation, compounding, and calculating prescription dosages, which would be a requirement if students choose to pursue a career as a registered pharmacist. This class prepares the student to take the national exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

Time Commitment
69 hours over 3 months

Admission Requirements
• Provide a high school diploma or GED prior to the start of class.
• Take the math portion of the Basic Skills Assessment (BSA) and achieve a score of 40 or greater;
submit results at time of registration
• The current course schedule allows for one missed class.
• There will be no make-ups for missed hours.

Payment Information
• Cost: $1,099
• Includes all textbooks and lab materials
• Textbooks will be distributed at the first class
• Eligible for payment plan or tuition assistance
• May be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds

Refund Policy
A 100% refund will be granted up until five (5) business days before the start of your class as long as the request is made during normal business hours.

 

Employment Outlook

About 75% of pharmacy technician jobs are in retail pharmacies, either independently owned or part of a drugstore chain, grocery store, department store, or mass retailer. About 16% of jobs are in hospitals and a small portion are in mail-order and internet pharmacies, offices of physicians, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and the federal government.

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 25% from 2008 to 2018, an increase that is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people – who use more prescription drugs than younger people – will spur demand for technicians throughout the projection period. In addition, as scientific advances bring treatments for an increasing number of conditions, more pharmacy technicians will be needed to fill a growing number of prescriptions.

The average salary for pharmacy technicians in Eastern Connecticut is estimated to be between $21,400 – $39,500.