Pharmacy Technician Training Program

The NewYork-Presbyterian Pharmacy Technician Training Program prepares qualified individuals to become pharmacy technicians, primarily in hospital, retail, and health system settings. The program consists of a mixture of classroom, simulation, and experiential training.

Admission Requirements

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  • Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Have English language and math proficiency sufficient to fulfill the pharmacy technician job responsibilities requirements, demonstrated by passing the reading comprehension and math assessments in three or fewer attempts. A minimum score of 70% is required for each assessment.
  • Complete the Human Resource screening process.
  • Comply with immunization requirements of experiential sites and employers.
  • Meet technology requirements: All students must have access to a computer and internet with capabilities to view and hear video demonstrations.
  • Be available for on-site simulation and experiential hours at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals.
  • All training takes place on-site.

Program Overview

The program is approximately 420 hours (12 weeks) and will be scheduled individually with the program coordinator. Training is provided in both online and in-person formats.

Didactic/Online (approximately 130 hours)

The online training modules will be completed through the Pharmacy Technician University program. Students will learn the skills and knowledge they need to pass the certification exam and work as a technician. Includes learning about common generic and name-brand medications, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy law, electronic insurance claims, professional interaction with patients, sterile and non-sterile compounding, and other topics appropriate to pharmacy settings.

Simulation (approximately 66 hours)

Acquired through in-person training schedule with the program coordinator at hospitals. Students will get opportunities to gain first exposure to activities such as hands-on experience with pharmacy technology, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) garbing, and going into a simulated clean room to learn proper aseptic techniques. Students will also learn about making non-sterile compound products and perform role-playing activities that will mimic the tasks of a certified pharmacy technician.

Experiential (approximately 224 hours)

Acquired through in-person training, where the student spends time at various pharmacy locations within hospitals shadowing pharmacists and technicians while performing many of the tasks required of a technician. These include filling and dispensing medications and compounding sterile and non-sterile products, among other tasks.

Program Training Dates:

Program Training Dates: All applications submitted will be considered for the Fall Session to begin in October 2023.

Employment as an NewYork-Presbyterian Pharmacy Technician

One of the program goals is to prepare you for employment as a pharmacy technician. We have been fortunate to hire many of our program graduates. Before consideration for employment here, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain a Pharmacy Technician Training Program Certificate of Completion and remain in good standing.
  • Obtain certification by passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
  • Obtain Registered Pharmacy Technician licensure from the New York State Office of the Professions.