Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technician Certification

The Three RIvers Pharmacy Technician Program is a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program for students seeking to earn their PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential.

What is an Pharmacy Technician?

A Pharmacy Technician supports pharmacological services by distributing, stocking, and assembling medication. Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, clinics, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, long-term care facilities, pharmacy benefit managers, or large industrial complexes.

Course Description

Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn:

  • Students will be able to list and describe the top 100 drugs (brand and generic name, indication)
  • Students will identify and discuss CT state and federal pharmacy law
  • Students will compute pharmacy-specific calculations and equations
  • Students will identify and demonstrate medication safety strategies
  • Students will demonstrate simulated retail prescription processing, via on-line assignments, which include customer service scenarios, interpreting Rx’s, calculating days’ supply and dosages, and IV drug flow rates, etc.
  • billing and reimbursement.


This comprehensive fully online 84-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field, and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program, includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam. The instructor will provide details in class. The PTCB exam is included in the cost as well as the textbook. This is a national certification program that enables pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with the pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Students who complete this program successfully will receive a national certification.

Class time is divided between 84 hours of in classroom learning and about 50 hours of at home work, web-based computer simulation assignments. This course will be taught fully online using WebEx for live meetings and Blackboard Learn (Bb) for lessons and assignments. Please make sure you have access to a computer and internet to successfully complete this class.  Lectures will be recorded on Blackboard. Students need to make sure their TRCC computer account is active for the current semester and are able to log in prior to the first class. Please contact the IT Department at (860) 215-9049 to arrange to activate your account.


NEW! This course now offers an optional externship at Hartford Healthcare facilities for interested students. See additional information below.

Pharmacy Technician Externship at Hartford Hospital or Hartford Healthcare Facilities

 This semester, TRCC’s Pharmacy Technician course includes a new opportunity for students to participate in an optional 80-hour Pharmacy Technician Externship at multiple Hartford Healthcare Pharmacy sites. This externship is included in the course fee, however not guaranteed for all students.  There are limited internship spots per semester.  The internship affords students the opportunity to gain experience working under the direction of Hartford Healthcare’s pharmacy staff in hospital and community settings.  In order to be considered for the Externships, students must be up to date in completion of coursework and must pass a drug test and background check.  Students participating in the Externships may be considered for employment opportunities in the Hartford Healthcare system.

A Health form is required in order to participate, click HERE


  • Placement Test OR provide proof of recent college credit
    • Schedule the Math and English Comprehension test BEFORE submitting your registration material at or call Sue (860) 215-9028 to schedule an appointment. Strong math skills up to single-variable algebra are required
      • click WORKFORCE TEST
      • enter “Pharmacy Tech” when prompted
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school completion or equivalent, (foreign students must provide a notarized English-translated transcript)
  • Basic 4-function calculator. No cell phones or programmable calculators allowed

Please Note:
This course is not suited for use with Chromebooks.

Course Schedule

Summer 2021 – CRN# 51204

Instructor:  Peter Sposato, R.Ph, CphT

Dates: 6/14/21-8/28/21 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Time: LRON 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost: $1,800, textbook and exam fee included*

Students will be contacted by the program coordinator for textbook pick up.

CEUs: 8.4

Registration deadline: June 7th, 2021

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.

SNAP and WIOA Eligible