Pharmacy Technician FAQs

Do I need a high school diploma to register for this program?

Although it’s not necessary to possess a high school diploma or equivalent in order to register for this program, it is recommended that you do complete a high school course of study prior to enrolling as it’s likely to be required by potential employers. Click here to see how DCC can assist you with your high school equivalent.

Do I need to have prior experience to register for this program?

No prior experience necessary.

Are there any pre-admission or testing requirements?

There are no pre-admission or testing requirements.

How do I register for this program?

Registration can be done in person at either Dutchess main campus or Dutchess South, online, or by phone with a credit card.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

No. However, funding might be available through Dutchess One-Stop or ACCES-VR.

Is there a payment plan available for this program?

Yes. If you choose not to pursue funding and instead wish to self-pay, our payment plan can break down the total cost of the tuition into smaller payments.

How much time outside of class is required for reading and homework each week?

About an hour or less for each class.

How important is attendance?

Very important. Although we do understand and are flexible when urgent situations occur.

What are the math requirements necessary to be successful?

Basic understanding of formulas. Fractions, decimals and percentages are reviewed. Almost all students, even those who claim to have a weakness in math, are easily able to pick up on the math required to be successful in the class. 



What is the certifying agency?

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

What are the costs for the certification exam?

$129, but this is subject to change.

Do you offer the certification exam on campus?

No. White Plains and Albany are currently the closest locations. This link will allow you to search the testing sites, based upon your location. 

Is certification necessary to work in the industry?

New York State remains one of the few states where certification is still not required to work in the industry. However, most employers will still require certification.

Will there be additional training requirements after I am certified?

You may be required to complete CEUs & additional training through your employer.

Do you offer a clinical/ externship?

Yes. An 80-hour externship at a local pharmacy will be available for students. To qualify students must be recommended by instructor and interview with administration prior to placement. In some cases, additional skills-training requirements may be required. Dates and times will vary depending on location and availability. All students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Is there an additional tuition cost for the externship?

No, the externship option is included in the tuition cost.