Prerequisites for Pharmacy Technician Classroom course:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- High school diploma, GED or home schooling equivalency
- Basic math skills including the ability to solve simple algebraic equations
Prerequisites for Pharmacy Technician Clinical course:
- Successful completion of NVCC's Pharmacy Technician course
- Background check
- Drug screening
- Reliable transportation to clinical facility. Facilities on bus routes cannot be guaranteed.
Students with criminal convictions may have difficulty finding employment, especially in health care and may be denied clinical placement. Please consult the program coordinator prior to registration if you have any concerns.
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.