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Pharmacy Technician

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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.

Program Overview

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.

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.


Course 1

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule

Course 2

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Cost: $2,500, nonrefundable

Course Schedule

Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

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Important Information

Important Information

Pharmacy Technician National Certification Exam Information

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). The PTCE assesses candidates' competence to perform the work of a pharmacy technician. Students who successfully complete the NVCC Pharmacy Technician program will be eligible to take this exam. The cost is $129 and is not included in the cost of the course. The exam may be taken at the option of the student at a private off-campus test center. PTCB's pharmacy technician certification program is designed to validate that a technician possesses the knowledge and skills to work effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Certification is respected by employers but is not required for employment. 

Pharmacy Technician State Registration

The State of Connecticut requires pharmacy technicians to be registered with the State. Additional information about this requirement and the application forms may be found on the State of Connecticut site.

Registration Information

Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:


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Mail-in registrations checks only please.

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Payment Plan Information

Payment plans are available for those wishing to pay the registration fee in smaller amounts. Please note that these plans include a $25 fee. Please choose the plan that matches your course section. Complete the form and submit at the time of registration with your first payment. This course is approved for WIOA funding. Contact your local American Job Center to determine if you may qualify.

Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) reports the average annual income for Pharmacy Technicians is $32,903. The CTDOL lists Pharmacy Technician as an In-Demand Job and states employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average. The number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.

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