Pharmacy Technicians support pharmacological services by distributing, stocking, and assembling medication. Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, clinics, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, retail pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, long-term care facilities, pharmacy benefit managers, or large industrial complexes.
This certificate program is being offered in partnership with Three Rivers Community College and 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. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn:
- Students will be able to list and describe the top 100 drugs (brand and generic name, indication)
- Students will identify and discuss CT state and federal pharmacy law
- Students will compute pharmacy-specific calculations and equations
- Students will identify and demonstrate medication safety strategies
- Students will demonstrate simulated retail prescription processing via online assignments, including customer service scenarios, interpreting Rx’s, calculating days’ supply and dosages, IV drug flow rates, etc.
- Billing and reimbursement.
Proper customer service in the health care setting will also be emphasized. The instructor will spend time focusing on 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 Pharmacy Technician Board (PTCB) national certification exam, included in course cost. Visit http://www.ptcb.org/ for more information.
Time Commitment – 84 hours
- Provide a high school diploma or equivalent prior to the start of class (foreign students must provide a notarized English-translated transcript).
- Complete the QVCC Health Form.
- You must successfully complete our in-house Math and English Comprehension test, or provide proof of previous college credit.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- The current course schedule allows for one missed class.
- Basic 4-function calculator. No cell phones or programmable calculators allowed.
- There will be no make-ups for missed hours.
PLEASE NOTE: It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms upon registration. A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment are received. This course is not suited for use with Chromebooks.
Summer 2022 Schedule Information – CRN #2029
- Instructor: Peter Sposato, R.Ph, CphT
- Instructional Method: LRON (Live Remote) – These classes are similar to traditional classes, except they are fully online. You attend LRON classes at the scheduled times with your professor and classmates in a Zoom-like session. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
- Days: Monday, Wednesday, Fridays
- Dates: 6/13/2022-8/17/2022
- Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Location: Online (LRON)
- Cost: $1,800, textbooks and exam fee included*
- Registration deadline: 06/06/2022
- Click here for registration options, contact us via email , or call 860-932.4005.
- Eligible for payment plan or tuition assistance
- May be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds.
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. See above for Office Hours.
If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment, we attempt to notify each person registered by telephone or email. For this reason, it is extremely important that we have both your home and work telephone numbers, as well as your current email address. We also post a notice in the main lobby on the night the class would have started.
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 9% from 2014 to 2024, an increase that is 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 $33,986, with an average hourly salary of $16.34.