St. Vincent’s College
St. Vincent’s College is known as a leader in health science education in Connecticut. It was founded by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in 1905. They offer a wide range of educational programs including a Pharmacy Technician Certificate program. Graduates are highly sought after by employers in the area. St. Vincent’s College is accredited by the State of Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.
Pharmacy technician classes start in the Spring and Fall. This certificate program consists of 60 class hours taken over a total of 10 weeks. Classes are given 2 evenings per week. Graduates are eligible to take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) examination to receive national certification.
Admissions Requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program include completion of an application to St. Vincent’s College, providing official high school transcripts or GED, providing any college transcripts, completing a health clearance form and math placement test. Once accepted into the program, students are also required to submit to a background check. The cost for this certificate program is $1,600, and other fees do apply.
Connecticut School of Professional Studies
The Connecticut School of Professional Studies was established in 1994 by Dr. Richard Feingold and Dr. Gary Rappaport, in Orange, Connecticut. In 2008 the school became part of the Athena Education Partners, LLC. Over the past 17 years they have established a history of preparing students for quality professional careers.
This institution offers flexible class schedules to work within anyone’s life. There are a total of four options for pharmacy technician students:
· Mornings – This is an 8 week program. Students can choose from Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday. Class hours are 9am – 2pm.
· Evenings – Evening classes require 15 weeks of attendance. The schedule is Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm – 10pm.
· Weekends – Weekend classes are offered on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm. This is a 16 week program.
Each of the class schedule choices consist of 114 hours of training. The program teaches students pharmacy regulations and laws, pharmaceutical mathematics, and medication preparation. The program also includes an internship period in a local pharmacy.
Connecticut Pharmacist Association Training Programs
The Connecticut Pharmacist Association (CPA) offers pharmacy technician training programs at many community colleges across Connecticut. This training program prepares students to pass the PTCB exam and become certified. The program is offered at the following schools:
· Housatonic Community College
· Gateway Community College
· Manchester Community College
· Middlesex Community College
· Northwestern Community College
· Norwalk Community College
· Three Rivers Community College
This is a Certificate Program which meets the educational requirements in Connecticut. Fees and schedules vary by institution. This certification program is not a part of the schools normal schedule of classes. They may be offered only a few times per year and class sizes may be limited. You can contact the school’s admission office for full details of class schedules and costs.
Many states already require pharmacy technicians to be certified or to have formal education. The state of Connecticut is expected to follow this trend. Due to the growing need for healthcare and the increase in medication errors which happen each year, there are many organizations which are legislating to require pharmacy technicians to earn an associate’s degree in pharmacy technology. It is to the advantage of new pharmacy technicians to get ahead of the curve by getting higher education in pharmacy technology. This will not only put the technician in a more favorable position for promotions, but it will also lead to higher salaries.