Pharmacy Technician

Certificate Program    Approved for WIOA funding.

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 our 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 will 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.

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 by linking to the State of Connecticut site.


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.

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.


How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Founder's Hall, Center for Health Science, Room F323
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:
Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room F323
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Campus

Walk In:

190 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Campus
190 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-437-9699
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Program Coordinator
Laurie L Hornbecker
203-575-8031 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: Founders
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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