News Release
Feb. 7, 2011
DEBBIE KUCHMAS AT 203-332-5150

Pharmacy Technician Program Starts Feb. 28 at HCC

Preparation for Growing Field

Fee: $629

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College this month is offering a Pharmacy Technician Certification program that will prepare students for careers in a growing field.

This comprehensive, 60-hour non-credit course will prepare students for an entry level position in a community pharmacy, hospital, or long-term care setting. It is designed to prepare students to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification exam.

“The program will prepare students for a career in a growing field,” said Director of Workforce and Non-Credit Programs Deborah S. Kuchmas. “Thanks to the aging of the baby boomers that will increase demand for pharmaceuticals, the number of pharmacy technicians nationally is expected to increase by some 30 percent by 2018.”

In addition, she said, the pharmacy technician will see its role expand as cost-conscious insurers begin to use pharmacies as patient-care centers and pharmacists become more involved in patient care. Pharmacies offering blood-pressure screening and flu shots are just two examples of this trend, she said.

The course will cover topics such as medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, defining drugs by generic and brand names, calculating dosages and I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, converting dosages, dispensing prescriptions, controlling inventory, billing, and reimbursing insurance.

Course prerequisites include basic math and Algebra. To schedule a math placement test, contact the Continuing Education Office at 203-332-5057. Proof of passing the math placement test must be given to Continuing Education in order to be eligible to register for this course.

The class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 28 – May 11 (no class March 14 and 16), 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Room A209 in Lafayette Hall on the HCC campus. The fee for the course is $629, excluding textbooks.

The certification exam is not included in the course. For information about the exam, visit <> . The exam cost is approximately $130. Students will need a GED or high school diploma to be eligible for the exam. Any person convicted of a felony is not permitted to take the exam.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.