Please note that due to the current meeting restrictions, the classroom portion of the course will be conducted "live" online through Zoom. It will be held at the same date and times as indicated in the schedule. You will be able to take the course using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. Students will be assigned to clinicals once clinical opportunities are available once again.
Pharmacy Technician Career Seminar - Not sure if this career is right for you? Come to one of our free career seminars. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information. Conducted online! Details for joining the session online will be emailed to you prior to the session after you register.
Pharmacy is a health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors' orders under the supervision of a pharmacist. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of pharmacy technicians will increase much faster than average over the next several years, with good job prospects for those entering the field.
Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development has offered a pharmacy technician program since the spring of 2013. The 160 hour program is made-up of 80 hours of theory and 80 hours of externship at an institution and at a local retail community pharmacy. The ability to integrate theory into real situations within the pharmacy setting will take place during the externship. The program is offered at both our Rockville Centre and Suffolk Center campuses.
This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam to become certified.
Program and Certification Requirements
Entrance into the pharmacy technician program requires a high school diploma or equivalent.
Certification takes place through PTCB and is achieved by meeting specific eligibility requirements:
- Earning a passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
- Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
- Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies. See Pharmacy Technician Certification Board for details.
Program Schedule and Location
We offer two classroom schedules for the program as follows:
- Two evenings a week for 13 weeks, usually at our Suffolk Center campus. Click here for the current schedule.
- One Saturday a week for 12 weeks, usually at our Rockville Centre campus. Click here for the current schedule.
The program can be taken at either our Rockville Centre Campus at 100 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, or at our Suffolk Center Campus at Route 110, on the grounds of Republic Airport located at: 7180 Republic Airport (Grumman Lane), in East Farmingdale, New York. Click here for the current schedule.
*After successful completion of the classroom component, the student can schedule the externship. The externship session is 80 hours total, completed in eight (8) hours per day for a total of ten (10) days. The program's Clinical Coordinator will arrange the 80 hour externship (40 hours retail / 40 hours institution) with the student.
The program is offered three (3) times a year - fall, spring and summer. Classes are only offered in Rockville Centre only in the summer. Click here for the current schedule. If you have made an inquiry or registered for the Career Seminar you will automatically be sent the upcoming schedule for the rest of the year once it becomes available. The schedule will also be posted on this website. To be placed on the mailing list call 516.323.3550, or email email@example.com.
Faculty and Curriculum
Faculty selected to teach in the program consist of pharmacists and nurses who have hands-on experience. Molloy College faculty use the topics as outlined by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) as a framework in the design of the curriculum. In addition, because Molloy College and its faculty have been approved by the PTCB as PTCB Advocate Educators the faculty are provided with additional tools to support our program and to help prepare our students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). As part of those tools, the faculty have access to practice exams to help students judge their readiness to take the PTCE. For an outline of the curriculum click here.
Candidates for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program must complete an application for admission. Candidates need a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent to be considered for admission.
No application fee is required. For an application click here or call the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development at 516.323.3558. The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of classes each semester. Students will be notified of their admission status approximately one week after the receipt of their application.
You should complete the application and send it back as soon as possible to avoid being closed out of classes. There is no fee involved to apply and a deposit is not necessary until you are accepted and register for classes.
Registration and Tuition
Candidates who have been accepted into the program will be notified of the registration procedures.
Tuition for the program is $1,800. A tuition deposit of $900 is due at the time of registration and does not include the cost of the textbook, practice exam or a lab coat. The balance of the tuition is due prior to the start of classes. However, a payment plan is available. Please call 516.323.3558 for further details. Tuition can also be paid by MasterCard or Visa. Some forms of financial are available (see below).
If you take this program, have attended each class, and still do not master the course work, we invite you to re-register for the same course, same level, free of charge. Your registration will be accepted on a space available basis within one year of the course end date. Re-registration in the course is required.
In addition, during the first hour of class the instructor will present an outline of the course, along with the course goals and objectives. If the student does not feel that this course will meet their expectations, then a full refund will be granted if the student presents their refund request on the first business day after the class has met.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 516-323-3550 for clarification.
This program is approved for Veterans Benefits, as well as for Displaced Homemakers and/or Dislocated Workers. Since most continuing education courses do not lead to a college degree, they are not eligible for the traditional forms of financial aid, such as TAP and/or Pell. Some private lenders will help you finance continuing education and certificate programs. For information on discounts, financial aid, veterans benefits and student loans please click here or call 516-323-3550.
The required text books for the program are:
1-Bachenheimer, B. S., & American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (Eds.). (2019). Manual for Pharmacy Technicians (Fifth edition). American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. ISBN: 978-1-58528-501-3 Available online at: https://store.ashp.org/Store/ProductListing/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=657742967
2-Sakai, J. B., & Kasun, L. (2012). Pharmacy calculations: An Introduction for Pharmacy Technicians. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. ISBN: 978-1-58528-2616 Available online at: https://store.ashp.org/Store/ProductListing/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=7827
3-Stuhan, M. A., & American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (Eds.). (2013). Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. ISBN: 978-1-58528-2296 Available online at: https://store.ashp.org/Store/ProductListing/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=6359
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on the program webpage. We also email monthly reminders of the upcoming schedule if you provide us with an email address. Class schedules are printed in the CE catalog, which is mailed every January and July to students who have made an inquiry or registered for a class within the last six months.
If you should have any questions regarding the program, please call 516.323.3550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or attend our free career seminar.
Conducted online! Details for joining the session online will be emailed to you prior to the session after you register.
Thought about a career as a pharmacy technician? Not sure if this career is right for you? Not sure how you can get started and what the requirements are? If so, then this seminar is for you! At this career seminar you'll get a chance to hear from experienced pharmacy professionals about this career before you enroll in a program. The presenters will give you real world advise as to what the profession is like and to let you see if this career is a good fit for you- what skills you will need, what the working conditions are like, how do you start out, where can you work, the pluses and minuses of the job, and more. We have invited pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from different work environments: a hospital pharmacy, a national retail chain pharmacy, and an independent retail pharmacy, so that you can get some different perspectives on this career. This is a great opportunity to hear about the profession from people in the profession, one of whom may one day be hiring you! You don't want to miss it.
The Career Seminar is offered 3 times per year: in January, May and September at our Rockville Centre campus from 6-7:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but you are asked to register for the seminar at least one week beforehand.