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Pharmacy Technician
117 hours, 11.7 CEUs, Non-Credit
Blended: Classroom / Online

Approved for VA Education Training Benefits! This course is approved for VA Education Training Benefits!

You can prepare for a career in pharmacy, beginning as a pharmacy technician. This training is now available in two convenient formats - an online-only course and as a blended classroom/online course.

There is an increasing demand from pharmacies for well-trained pharmacy technicians, especially those who have passed the certification exam. This course provides both job training and preparation for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. It focuses on the retail pharmacy industry and emphasizes the importance of customer service. Those students who wish to work in hospital or veterinary pharmacies will generally receive additional on-the-job training specific to those environments.

This non-credit course includes 26 three-hour in-person sessions, including an optional 18-hour internship in a pharmacy, and 13 three-hour online sessions, totaling 117 hours. The course is designed to prepare students for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

The classroom sessions are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the college's Albany Center for Education at 30 North Russell Road (Second Floor), Albany.

The internship is comprised of six sessions at a pharmacy, and attendance is required for course completion.

The online sessions are scheduled for each Wednesday, with both the students and the instructor participating independently, but simultaneously.

Please Note: Participation in the internship is contingent upon passing a background check. Students in this training program must not have any felonies or drug-related criminal offenses on their records.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; basic computer skills; access to a personal computer with internet access.

Textbooks: Books, costing approximately $165, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Location: Albany Center for Education at 30 North Russell Road (Second Floor), Albany

Tuition: $1,575

Additional Cost (optional): The National Pharmacy Technician Exam (PTCE) is not administered by the college, and the fee is not included in the tuition. Students who elect to take the exam should make arrangements with the testing organization, to register for the test and to pay the organization's testing fee, (approximately $130).

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Pharmacy Technicians
117 hours, 11.7 CEUs, Non-Credit
Online

Approved for VA Education Training Benefits! This course is approved for VA Education Training Benefits!

You can prepare for a career in pharmacy, beginning as a pharmacy technician. This training is now available in two convenient formats - an online-only course and as a blended classroom/online course.

There is an increasing demand from pharmacies for well-trained pharmacy technicians, especially those who have passed the certification exam. This course provides both job training and preparation for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. It focuses on the retail pharmacy industry and emphasizes the importance of customer service. Those students who wish to work in hospital or veterinary pharmacies will generally receive additional on-the-job training specific to those environments.

This course is conducted exclusively online to provide you with the flexibility to learn on your own schedule. You will have email access to the instructor, and you will participate in discussion boards with fellow students. Our online students now also have the option of participating in an 18-hour internship, which is held in an Albany-area pharmacy.

Please Note: Participation in the internship is contingent upon passing a background check. Students in this training program must not have any felonies or drug-related criminal offenses on their records.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; basic computer skills; access to a personal computer with internet access.

Textbooks: Books, costing approximately $165, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $1,575

Additional Cost (optional): The National Pharmacy Technician Exam (PTCE) is not administered by the college, and the fee is not included in the tuition. Students who elect to take the exam should make arrangements with the testing organization, to register for the test and to pay the organization's testing fee, (approximately $130).

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