Certified pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of licensed pharmacists to 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, organizing inventory, processing insurance claims, and computer entry of customer information. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.
Certified Pharmacy Technician Application
Complete the application, then scroll to the bottom of this page for ways to submit and register.Certified Pharmacy Technician Application
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of certified pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026. They can work in retail or mail-order pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities. Most work full-time, but many work part-time. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services. The median annual wage for certified pharmacy technicians in Connecticut is $38,070.
Certified Pharmacy Technician Program Description
This comprehensive 60-hour course will prepare students for an entry-level position in a community, hospital or long-term care setting. It is also an excellent review for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam. Topics include medical terminology specific to the pharmacy; reading and interpreting prescriptions; and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculation; I.V. flow rate; drug compounding; and dose conversion. Dispensing of prescriptions; inventory control; billing, and insurance reimbursement will also be discussed. A grade of 70 or higher and 85% attendance is required to successfully complete the program. It is not required that a Certified Pharmacy Technician be certified, but it is a good credential to have to secure employment. Students sit for the PTCB after course completion. Instructors provided by the Connecticut Pharmacists Association.
The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is required to receive a certificate of completion for the Certified Pharmacy Technical program.
Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain allied health courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a health care setting.
This 10-week course is 60 hours, 2 days per week, Monday and Wednesday evenings, with 3-hour lectures.
Total cost for the Certified Pharmacy Technician program is $1,524 (Price subject to change).
- Total cost includes tuition, administrative fee, books, Essential Job Skills & Career Development course and the PTCB examination fee.
- WIOA & CT SNAP Payment plan available.
- SNAP scholarships available for qualified applicants, call Shaina Hamel for details 860.773.1454.
- Apply in the Continuing Education Office in the 700 Building and submit an Allied Health questionnaire and Abilities form
- Submit a registration form for the program and choose an Essential Job Skills and Career Development course.
- Take the Math Assessment
- Must be 18 years old with a HS diploma or GED
- Submit the Certified Pharmacy Technician application, questionnaire, abilities form, and math assessment
- Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED
Course Prerequisite: Fluency in basic math and algebra is required to complete necessary pharmaceutical calculations. A grade of 70 on the Math assessment is recommended. For a math refresher, enroll in the Medical Math “Ed2Go” Online Course (ed2go.com/tunxis).
Additional Requirements for Completion
- Successful completion of the Essential Job Skills & Career Development Course
Students who have successfully completed the Certified Pharmacy Technician Program are eligible to receive college credit through the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program administered by Charter Oak State College.
Credits may be used at Charter Oak State College or transferred to another school by setting up a credit registry with Charter Oak (Any transfer credit is at the discretion of the institution).
For more information, visit: Charter Oak’s Credit Registry site
Complete application packet and fax to 860.606.9732.
Application packet and payment information (checks/money orders made out to Tunxis Community College) must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course.
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Registration must be completed in full with payment information, date of birth and social security number.
Program Coordinator: Cheryl Conaty