Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

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:

  • dosage calculations
  • I.V. flow rates
  • drug compounding
  • dose conversions
  • dispensing of prescriptions
  • inventory control
  • billing and reimbursement.

A great way to begin a new career!


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. 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.

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.  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 80-hour 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 (approximately $72 not included in course fee).  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


  • You must successfully complete our in-house Math and English Comprehension test, or provide proof of previous college credit.  Schedule your test BEFORE submitting your registration material at or call Sue (860) 215-9028 to schedule an appointment.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Provide proof of 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:
It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your registration. A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment are received. This course is not suited for use with Chromebooks.

Course Schedule

Spring 2021 – CRN#14394

Instructor:  Peter Sposato, R.Ph.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2/16/21-5/20/21

Time: LRON 5:30pm  – 8:30 p.m.

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

*SNAP E&T and WIOA eligible, SNAP E&T is a voluntary work program. Participants must be able to work upon completion of the program.

CEUs: 8.4

Registration deadline: 2/9/21

Learn how to register.

Download the Brochure.

Please do not scan and email your registration and payment. You can fax or mail it your completed registration form and payment.

SNAP and WIOA Eligible

The Pharmacy Technician Program is WIOA and SNAP eligible.

SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.