Pharmacy Technician

Calhoun Community College is currently offering 2 options for the 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 lectures 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 may be asked to submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements at their expense.

Option #1 – Self-directed online classes

Students may start the self-directed online class at any time and have full access to the website. E Textbooks are included in the fee. Students have up to 6 months to complete the program. No on-campus attendance required for this program.

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Option #2 – On-Line Class with Live Instruction

The program will be held online with live, interactive instruction. Students must have access to a computer/tablet, etc. with audio and visual capabilities. Hands-on labs will be held on campus during class times and scheduled by the instructor.

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Class Details

Class Schedule

  • Duration: 50 hours
  • Dates: June 17 – August 5, 2021
  • Days:  Tuesday and Thursday nights
  • Times:  6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost:  $999 (textbooks and externship included)
  • Location: Decatur campus, Center for Business and Industry, Room 105
  • Program Fee does not include the 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 Summer 2021 classes must be received in writing by the close of business on June 1, 2021. 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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