Being a Pharmacy Technician is a very rewarding experience as you are helping people and at the same time interacting with the patients. The Pharmacy Technician course at Asnuntuck was excellent.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (credit-free*)

Job Description

The effective Pharmacy Technician supports the Pharmacist in all sectors of his or her practice. Delegation of applicable duties to Technicians frees up the Pharmacist to deliver elements of Pharmaceutical care, which is one goal of his or her extensive education and ongoing credentialing. For example, in the retail setting, the demand for pharmacist-patient counseling continues to increase. As this pharmacy delivery model expands, the Technician’s responsibilities will continue to grow.

Program Description

The Certified Pharmacy Technician program provides participants with the basic skills and training they will need to succeed as a Pharmacy Technician in the current healthcare delivery system. The course will include lecture, discussion and practical problem-solving exercises designed to give the student the tools needed to work as an effective Certified Pharmacy Technician anywhere in the United States. This course will also offer students an opportunity to become nationally certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Topics to be covered include Pharmacy Technician roles in healthcare; operational skills needed to function in the workplace; introduction to pharmacology; various disease states along with the drug regimen involved in each; medication distribution; control measures; quality improvement initiatives; aseptic technique for sterile product production; ethics; legal issues; and pharmaceutical calculations.

The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is REQUIRED to receive a certification of completion for the Certified Pharmacy Technician program. This course is offered at various times throughout the year.

Please be aware that students with previous convictions may find it difficult to secure employment within this field.

This program is CT SNAP and CT WIOA approved.

Admission Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED to enroll. Students must have the mobility and strength to walk, bend, stoop and stand for extended periods of time. Students must be able to move quickly from place to place, perform duties in tight spaces, and lift and/or carry 40 lbs.

Time Commitment

This 6-month program includes 72 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction, a 14 hour Essential Job Skills & Career Development course, and an OPTIONAL 80-hour externship opportunity with Baystate Medical Center. Externships can be limited in availability. Once registered, individuals will be placed on a waiting list in order by the date of registration.

Employment Outlook

The earning potential for a Pharmacy Technician in the area is approximately $33,950.  Opportunities abound in Pharmacy for technicians to work, from the retail setting to various institutional operations such as hospitals.

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Jessica Poirier