Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. As a technician you must be aware of the necessity for aseptic technique, cleanliness, orderliness and accuracy in the work areas. You may be working in hospital and community pharmacies, extended care facilities, home health care or industry settings. As a pharmacy technician, you should possess good math skills, be able to tactfully deal with customers and patients and enjoy precise work because details are sometimes a matter of life and death. We also offer a clinical experience in conjunction with Waterbury Hospital. All students who successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician Program will receive a Proficiency Certification from Naugatuck Valley Community College. Need more information? Contact program coordinator, Lisa Crick.
Pharmacy Technician (Approved for WIOA funding)
Pharmacy Technicians are important members of the health care team. Job opportunities are expected to grow faster than average through 2022. Pharmacy technicians label and fill prescriptions, order and maintain pharmacy stock levels, fill unit-dose medication carts, package and repackage medications, and deliver prepared medications, all under the direction of a licensed pharmacist. In this 60 hour course, students will learn dosage calculation, I.V. flow rate, drug compounding, and dose conversion. Textbook and instructional materials are included in the cost of this course.
Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED, no felony convictions, and math and basic algebra skills.
Pharmacy Technician Clinical
Explore the role of a Pharmaceutical Technician in the professional environment. Enhance your knowledge and improve employment opportunities by participating in the real world functions of being a Pharmacy Technician in a patient care and customer setting. You will gain experience in central pharmacy functions including sterile IV compounding, narcotic vault, barcode medication identification and unit dosing technology. Depending on your facility, you may also gain experience with automated inventory carousel and dispensing cabinets, or order entry and medical records. Duties may include inventory, labeling, preparing doses, IV sterile preparation, medication delivery and pre-packing.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NVCC’s Pharmacy Technician Program, health screening including current immunizations and flu vaccine, drug screening, background check. Pregnant students must provide an additional pregnancy screening form.
Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.