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Pharmacy Technician Academy

Our Pharmacy Technician Academy prepares students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. 

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Who Should Attend

Our Pharmacy Technician Academy is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.

Pharmacy Technician Academy students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.






How to Enroll

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To enroll in UTC's Pharmacy Technician Academy, please see the course schedule and add the program to shopping cart.

Students who are interested in the Pharmacy Technician Academy do not need to complete a FAFSA nor be officially admitted to the University. 

There are no course prerequisites for this course. 

If you have questions about enrollment, please schedule a time to speak to a program coordinator or contact the Center for Professional Education at 423-425-4344. 

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What You Will Learn

Course Topics

This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's exam. 
  • Pharmacy calculations
  • Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
  • Skills to read and interpret prescriptions
  • Review of the top 200 drugs
  • Skills to identify drugs by generic and brand names
  • Dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, and dose conversions
  • Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement


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How You Will Benefit

  • Earn a relevant and up-to-date education
  • Gain real-world and practical experience
  • Participant in externships to hone skills and knowledge
  • Access to job opportunities and employers

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About the Externship

Pharmacy Technician Academy students will participant in an externship at a local medical facility. Clinical externships allow students to interact with physicians, staff, and patients to better understand job responsibilities and duties.

To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 50 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and have up-to-date immunization records.

About Certification

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam administered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board is geared towards individuals working in hospital settings. The National Healthcareer Association’s ExCPT is typically suited for individuals working in a retail setting. However, many employers will recognize either certification. The PTCB certification exam is included in the cost of the course.

Learn more about the PTCB Exam →

Learn more about the ExCPT Exam →

Frequently Asked Questions

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Financial Aid

Learn more about financial aid and discounts →

Refund Policy

See Refund Policy →

Contact Us for More Information

Not sure where to start? Schedule a meeting with our program coordinator to find the best option for you.

From funding options to certification exams, we will make sure you have the information you need to be successful.