Pharmacy Technician

Calhoun Community College is currently offering 2 options for the Fall 2020 Healthcare Programs

This comprehensive 50-hour program will prepare 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.  Course content includes pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  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.  In addition to classroom lecture and labs, this program includes a clinical externship through a local pharmacy.

Clinical Externship: Upon successful completion of this Pharmacy Technician program, students are eligible to participate in an 80-hour clinical externship with a local Retail Pharmacy.  Students maybe asked to submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements at their expense.

Option #1 – Self-directed on line classes

Students may start the self-directed on line class at any time and have full access to the website. Textbooks are mailed to the student’s registration address and students have up to 6 months to complete the program. No on-campus attendance required for this program.

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Option #2 – Live, interactive on line classes

Students will attend scheduled classes and have live, interactive class led by an instructor. Attendance is mandatory during the times scheduled. Hands on labs will be held on campus. Dates for hands on labs will be scheduled by the instructor during regular class times.

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  • Duration: 50 hours
  • Dates:  October 20 – December 15, 2020
  • Days:  Tuesday and Thursday nights
  • Times:  6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost:  $999 (textbooks and externship included)
  • Location: Theory will be on line and hands on portion of the class will be held at the Decatur campus
  • Program Fee does not include cost of the PTCB exam.
  • The PTCB National Certification Exam is proctored at Pearson Vue sites.
  • *Eligible for WIOA Funding
  • Education Requirements:  Students must have a High School diploma or equivalent.

For information about this program, please call Diane Peck at 256-306-2515.


All refund requests for the Fall 2020 classes must be received in writing by the close of business on September 18, 2020. Email with your request, and then call 256-306-2515 to confirm receipt of the request.  Calhoun Community College is not responsible for emails that are not delivered/received.

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