Pharmacy Technician Training Program

The mission of the Pharmacy Technician Training Program is to train qualified applicants to become pharmacy technicians, proficient in all areas of health system pharmacy services as an integral part of the YNHH healthcare team.

  • Courses provide an introduction to pharmacy concepts and the profession.
  • Simulated labs provide the opportunity to get hands-on experience with technology and develop the skills needed to be a successful technician.
  • Experiential courses provide real-world training under the guidance of experienced technicians and pharmacists and allow students to apply both conceptual and simulated skills to a real world environment.

What is a pharmacy technician?

A pharmacy technician works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assisting in pharmacy activities that do not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians are the foundation of a pharmacy’s distributive and clinical functions.

Pharmacy technicians work in many different settings, including retail locations (such as neighborhood pharmacies or grocery stores); hospitals, clinics and outpatient centers; assisted living facilities; nursing homes; tele-pharmacies; and nuclear pharmacies. The YNHH training program focuses primarily on practice within a hospital setting.


Technician skills and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Replenishment of automated technology
  • Management of emergency medications
  • Repackaging medications from bulk
  • Preparing sterile and non-sterile compounds in accordance with USP standards
  • Adhering to medication safety and regulatory standards
  • Assist with medication reconciliation
  • Assist with the management of medication inventory
  • Training of newly hired technicians
  • Triage nursing medication availability

Program Overview: What will I be learning?


  • Introduction to Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations 1
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
  • Ethics + High Reliability Organizations
  • Investigational Drug Overview
  • Pharmacy Federal and CT State Law (The Joint Commission)
  • Pharmacy Automation/Technology
  • Medication Safety
  • Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Pharmacology & Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacy Purchasing, Billing, Inventory and Reimbursement
  • Sterile Compounding
  • Technician Certification and Program Accreditation
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Terminology


  • Dispensing/Filling Lab
  • Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Sterile Compounding
  • Technology/Automation (Pyxis®, carousel, Kitcheck®, packager, DoseEdge®)


  • Pharmacy Technician Externship - Ambulatory/Specialty
  • Pharmacy Technician Externship - Electives/MRT/Automation technology
  • Pharmacy Technician Externship – Inpatient Operations

Program Length and Duration

The program includes 640 hours of teaching, simulation and experiential learning which takes place over a 19-week period.

  • The first 10 weeks are dedicated to lecture-based didactics and simulation experiences. Classes are held Monday - Friday, 8 am - 2:30 pm throughout weeks 1-10. 
  • The second 9 weeks comprise the experiential component. Program hours during the experiential component are variable, with shadowing opportunities on  day and evening shifts.

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Adequate performance on a mathematics minimum competency exam
  • Immunization records as required by Yale New Haven Health System

What you need to apply:

  • Completed program application
  • High school or other degree-program transcripts
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • One character reference
    • Two academic or work references
  • One-page letter of intent with professional goals and your reasons for pursuing a career as a pharmacy technician.
  • Interview
    • You will be invited for an interview based upon an evaluation of your application.

The Pharmacy Technician Training Program now offers rolling admission. Contact Sharee Parker, Pharmacy Technician Training Program Coordinator, for information regarding dates.

Yale New Haven Hospital
Department of Pharmacy Services
55 Park Street
New Haven, CT 06519
[email protected]

Technician Training Program application pdf


Decisions for acceptance are based on your application and interview performance.

Workforce Alliance may be able to provide funding and resources to help students attend the Pharmacy Technician Training Program.

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Department of Pharmacy Services Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Services is to provide patient-centered, high-quality, pharmaceutical care that assures positive outcomes. We will promote best practices that drive safe, efficacious, timely, and cost-effective drug therapy through all transitions of care. Through employee engagement, we will foster collaboration, innovative practices, and career growth opportunities.

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the Yale New Haven Hospital Pharmacy Technician Training Program is to train qualified individuals to become pharmacy technicians who are proficient in all areas of health system pharmacy services.

Tuition and Expenses

Tuition: $3,350, payable one week prior to the start of the program. Tuition for the program includes the cost of the PTCB exam.

Students should expect to incur expenses including, but not limited to, textbooks, uniforms, parking, etc. Housing is not available. Additional information is available upon request. Applicants are required to provide proof of health insurance upon admission.

The YNHH Pharmacy Technician Training Program is eligible for tuition reimbursement for current YNHH employees through the Employee Benefits office.