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AHL-E24 Pharmacy Technician Course
Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to perform technical duties in the systematic operation of the pharmacy – providing health care services and medications to patients. This 75-hour course will introduce students to various settings in pharmacy practice, including the community, hospital, managed care, mail order and long-term care. Information on qualifying for the pharmacy certification examination will be provided. Technicians may perform many of the same duties as pharmacists; however, all of a technician's work must be checked by a pharmacist before medicine can be dispensed to a patient. This program is designed to familiarize students with the role of the pharmacy technician and develop the skills required for assisting pharmacists. Instruction includes a review of mathematical principles as they apply to pharmacology, various disease states, basic physiology, pharmacy law, ethics, and the fundamentals of technician training. Emphasis will be given to pharmacology measurement, pharmacy abbreviations and generic medications, prescription processing and hands-on compounding techniques. 

Career Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029, average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Depending on the position, the technician may also manage third-party billing, answer telephones, direct customers to items or to the pharmacist for medication consultation, receive written prescriptions, clean and sterilize dispensing bottles and instruments, answer questions regarding non-drug products, and operate a cash register.

 Salaries vary depending on experience, hours, and location. The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $33950 in May 2019.

Educational Requirements
High school diploma or equivalent. Since pharmacy technicians interact daily with co-workers, patients and health care professionals, good communication and interpersonal skills are essential. It is recommended that students take the math placement exam to ensure their ability to do basic college math. 

Key areas and topics include:

  • Compounding (measuring, weighing and mixing) medicinal drugs
  • Preparing and labeling medicines
  • Filling bottles and capsules with the correct quantity of medicine
  • Issuing medicines to customers
  • Stocking and taking inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Maintaining patients' medication profiles on computerized or written records or forms
  • Filling orders for unit doses and pre-packaged pharmaceuticals
  • Preparing insurance claim forms

Fall 2024
Morning Session – AHL E24 201
September 9 to November 4, 2024
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
H Building, Room H-126

Evening Session – AHL E24 202
September 10 to December 5, 2024
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
H Building, Room H-126

Online Session – AHL E27 201
September 10 to December 5, 2024

Tuition: $1,200* (Textbooks not included)
* = Additional college registration and technology fees may apply.

NOTE: Students are required to sign in on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and attend LIVE lecture.

Online Opportunities to Advance your skills!

PTCB Board Prep Class - AHL E28 270
September 23 to October 4, 2024
NOTE: Students are required to sign in on Monday/Wednesday/Friday evenings and attend LIVE lecture.
Tuition: $128* (Textbooks not included)
* = Additional college registration and technology fees may apply.

Textbooks can be purchased in the Triton College Bookstore.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
To register for PTCE (Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam), please visit
Exam Fee: $129

NHA - Pharmacy Technician ExCPT Exam
To register for the ExCPT (Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam), please visit
Exam Fee: $125

PTCB requires applicants for PTCB Credentials, including CPhT, CSPT, and specified Assessment-Based Certificate Programs, to complete a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program for their chosen credential, except when they select another pathway to eligibility.  Click HERE for PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program Directory.

For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3709, or email us.