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.
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. 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 Pharmacy Technician Board (PTCB) national certification exam, which is at a separate cost. Visit http://www.ptcb.org/ for more information.
NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields.
- 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.
It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your 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.
- Cost: $1,800
- 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. Participants must be able to work upon completion of the program.
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.
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.