Pharmacy Technician





Pharmacy Technician Program

Under the supervision of a Registered Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings. This course is designed to teach students in a retail setting the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a Pharmacy Technician. The course will consist of a 60 hour instructor led class followed by an 80 hour externship in an actual pharmacy setting. The course will prepare the student to take the National Certification Exam to become PTCB certified. The instructor led portion of the class will review various topics including pharmacy operations, pharmacy law, pharmaceutical calculations, routes of administration, medical abbreviations, medication dosage forms, interpreting drug orders, regulations and the top two hundred prescription medications.

In partnership with CVS Pharmacies, the externship portion of the course is designed to give the student real world experience in a retail pharmacy setting to reinforce the topics studied in the classroom. Students will also be given practical knowledge on the interview process and what employers are seeking in a candidate. This is a fast-paced class that requires students to have a basic understanding of fractions, formulas, and conversions. $1299


Course Dates:           February 20 - May 17 (no class week of March 19)
                                  Tuesday/Thursday evenings                                 
Classroom Times:     6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location:                   Lowell , MA campus.  Cowan Center room 104, 33 Kearney Square Lowell, MA

Externship Hours:    80 hours.  To be arranged with Host Location


To apply email Ellen at wrighte@Middlesex.mass.edu or call 781-280-3570

Program Prerequisites: 

  1. Students must have HS diploma or GED and must be at least 18 years of age. 
  2. It is strongly recommended that students have strong mathematics, spelling, and reading skills. Classes that would be a useful foundation for this work are high school chemistry, algebra, and English.
  3. Students are required to take a MCC Math Assessment test. In lieu of the assessment, students can provide HS transcripts indicating High School Math with a C or better.
  4. Give permission for a CORI & SORI background check with MCC.
  5. Prior to start of Externship hours, CVS will conduct a drug test.
Last Modified: 11/8/17