Pharmacy Technician Program

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Fall Dates TBA


Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays Sept 17 - Nov 12, 2019; no class Oct 15 & 31
Time: 6:00-9:30PM
Registration Fee: $1,199 (includes all supplies and textbooks)
Location: UT Martin Jackson Center @ the McWherter Bldg, Jackson State Community College, 2046 N. Parkway, Jackson, TN
Course Hours: 50 hours classroom + 80 clinical hours

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Date: Saturdays, Sept. 7 - Dec. 14; no class Oct 12 & Nov 30
Time: 8:00 am - Noon
Registration Fee: $1,199 (includes all supplies and textbooks)
Location: UT Martin Parsons Center, 975 Tennessee Ave. N., Parsons, TN 38363
Course Hours: 50 hours classroom + 80 clinical hours

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Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays September 10 – October 31; no class Oct 15
Time: 6:00-9:30PM
Registration Fee: $1,199 (includes all supplies and textbooks)
Location: UT Martin Ripley Center, 315 South Washington St., Ripley, TN 38063
Course Hours: 50 hours classroom + 80 clinical hours

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Date: Thursdays Sept 5 - Dec 19, 2019; no class Nov 28
Time: 6:00-9:30pm
Registration Fee: $1,199 (includes all supplies and textbooks)
Location: UT Martin Selmer Center, 1269 Tennessee Ave., Selmer, TN 38375
Course Hours: 50 hours classroom + 80 clinical hours

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Date: Tuesdays, Sept 3 - Dec 17, 2019; no class Oct 15
Time: 6:00-9:30pm
Registration Fee: $1,199 (includes all supplies and textbooks)
Location: UT Martin Somerville Center, 214 Lakeview Rd, Somerville, TN 38068
Course Hours: 50 hours classroom + 80 clinical hours

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If you have done farm work of any kind in the past in the last two years, you may qualify for financial assistance through the Tennessee Opportunity Programs (TOPS). For additional information and to find out if you qualify, contact:


Sherry Fowler, Career Manager

Tennessee Opportunity Programs

Serving Tennessee Since 1974

Office: 731-696-4860


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Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors' orders.

Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with drugs to be administered orally, topically, for the eye, nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:

  • checking inventories and ordering supplies
  • receiving and checking in supplies
  • assisting customers
  • keeping pharmacy work areas clean
  • complete insurance forms
  • preparation of "bingo cards" for nursing home patients

Pharmacy Technicians – Employment & Education

The Pharmacy Tech National Certification Exam is not given during the class. Refer to Pharmacy Technician Certification Board at: . You will find dates and an application for the exam. The test is given at a Pearson VUE Testing Center- closest in Nashville and Memphis. Students register and schedule the test on their own.


Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2008. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.

Educational Requirements

Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam.

Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.

PTCB Detailed Course Information:

  • role of the pharmacy technician
  • pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
  • recruiting by pharmacy specialty
  • "Evolution of Pharmacy"
  • review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
  • pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
  • review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  • prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
  • formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
  • all major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
  • aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
  • basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
  • the metric system
  • apothecaries' and avoirdupois systems of measurement
  • children's doses
  • allegation method, math review
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.


Before completing any paperwork for the healthcare programs, please read the following.

Healthcare Programs Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Do I need to fill out a FAFSA? 

No.  Federal Student Aid does not cover these


2.   Can I get a Pell Grant?                 

No. Federal Pell Grants do not cover these programs.


3.   What financial assistance is available?  Who can I talk to about financial aid?

The UT Martin Office of Financial Aid does not provide assistance for these programs.


Financial Assistance may be available through:

  1. Local WIOA
  2. Skill Up Tennessee

4.   When can I submit my application for the program?
We cannot accept your application for the program until you have payment or verification of payment.  Completed applications are submitted to the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies (ECOS) at:  110 Gooch Hall, UT Martin, Martin, TN  38238.


5.   If I pass the class am I certified?
No. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the program.


Pharmacy Tech National Certification – is not given during the class. For additional information on the exam: Pharmacy Technician Certification Board at:


6.   Will I get a job?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “For workers who have an interest in science and in helping people, healthcare occupations are expected to provide some of the most plentiful and highest paying career opportunities.  Overall, healthcare occupations are projected to provide nearly 3 million job openings between 2002 and 2012 for workers who don’t have a bachelor’s degree.”  Check with local clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals to see if they have job openings.

7.   How much will I make?

Salary varies by location and occupation.  Check with your local clinics, hospitals and pharmacies to see what they are paying.


8.   When do I get my books?

Books are distributed at the first class meeting.


9.   What do I need to bring to class?

Items for taking notes (paper, pencils, pen)


10. Is there a payment plan?

No, full payment is due prior to the first class meeting.


11. Do I need a uniform?



If after reading the above information you have questions, please call us at 731-881-7082.

  • Full payment is due at the time of registration. Your registration cannot be submitted without payment.
  • Registration will be accepted until the first class meeting, if there is still space available. Late registrations may not receive books the first night of class.
  • There are no payment plans.
  • There is no financial aid available through the university.
  • Your registration fee includes all books and supplies for the class.

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