Pharmacy Tech Prep Course Launched | ECTC

Pharmacy Tech Prep Course Launched

Published on Mar 19, 2021

To prepare job seekers for a career in the expanding field of pharmacy technology, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) is offering a pharmacy tech national certification prep course beginning in April.  

This nine-week course prepares individuals new to the field, as well as current technicians, to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) that leads to the national PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Certification.  

The class will meet virtually from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays from April 13 to June 8.  

“This innovative course is a new opportunity for individuals to prepare for a rewarding in-demand career,” said ECTC Dean of Workforce Solutions and Technical Program Mike Hazzard. “It’s also designed to meet the workforce training needs of our region’s pharmacy technician employers.” 

The course provides instructor-led virtual sessions combined with engaging web-based learning, so participants gain an overview of the field of pharmacy technology in a variety of healthcare settings. This course focuses on the skills required of a pharmacy technician and the legal requirements and responsibilities for assisting a pharmacist. Some of the course topics include professional communication and customer service, patient care processes and safety issues in addition to the PTCE content areas of medications, federal requirements, patient safety and quality assurance and order entry and processing.  

Pharmacy technician employment is projected to grow over the next decade due to an increase in chronic illnesses, an aging population and a larger number of health insurance participants in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result, there is an escalating demand for prescription medications and consequently the people who supply them. Additionally, pharmacy technicians who earn a national certification are assigned greater responsibility and tasks by a supervising pharmacist thus improving their career prospects and salary expectations.   

As a convenience for participants, registration for the national PTCE and all books and materials are included in the cost of this course, which totals $1,704 per person. For group registrations with over six people, up to 50 percent of costs may be covered for eligible Kentucky companies through KCTCS TRAINS funding. 

For more information about ECTC’s pharmacy tech national certification prep course, please contact Beth Cassity at bcassity0002@kctcs.edu or 270-268-0329.