Manhattanville College Nursing School Launches Pharmacy Tech Certificate Program

November 09, 2023
Manhattanville Pharmacy Technician students training at the SNHS facilities with Professor Christopher Hanley, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Education
Manhattanville Pharmacy Technician students training at the SNHS facilities with Professor Christopher Hanley, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Education

School of Nursing and Health Science program is one of few in region that prepares students for PTCE certification to obtain CPht credentials


PURCHASE, NY, November 6, 2023 – The Manhattanville College School of Nursing and Health Sciences is launching one of the first online Pharmacy Technician Certificate program in the region.

During the 15-week, asynchronous, online course, students gain a comprehensive understanding of pharmacy operations and how to perform tasks related to the preparation and dispensing of medications. The course ends with an optional clinical externship where students can get hands-on experience with Manhattanville’s clinical partners.

Pharmacy tech is a growing field that is expected to create more than 30,000 jobs a year. Certified pharmacy technicians (CPht) can earn competitive salaries depending on their certification and practice setting. The program is the latest addition to Manhattanville’s growing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, which opened in 2020.

Debra Simons, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said that the Pharmacy Technician program will offer students who are interested in a career in healthcare a great opportunity to enter the pharmacy profession.

“With the aging population and growth of the pharmaceutical industry, the need for pharmacy technicians is on the rise,” said Simons. “Manhattanville’s program will thoroughly prepare students for career opportunities in physician’s offices and hospital and retail settings among other jobs.’’

Christopher Hanley, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Education, said that Manhattanville’s program is accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), which is a requirement to be eligible to take the board exam and for New York State licensure.

“All curriculum is in line with PTCB standards and will adequately prepare students to be successful for passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam,’’ said Hanley. “Our program’s didactic component exposes students to learning about the daily operations of different practice settings, including administrative tasks and management and billing and reimbursement, in addition to basic pharmacology that will further their careers. It’s a fast-track path and a marketable steppingstone to enter the pharmacy profession. After obtaining CPhT credentialing, additional certifications are available through PTCB to advance the career path.”

Hanley said, there are many settings pharmacy technicians can choose to practice in beyond a retail environment such as hospitals, out-patient clinics, insurance companies, or even drug distributors. The degree can also open the doors to the growing field of compounding pharmacy in which technicians prepare and dispense specialty drugs that are not commercially available products.

To learn more about the program, visit Those interested in learning more can register for an upcoming information session:

November 20 at 5:30pm:
December 6 at 6:00pm:
January 9 at 4:00pm:

Manhattanville’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers two degrees in nursing: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for traditional 4-year and transfer students as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for second-degree students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. The school also offers a Family Nurse Practitioner program as well as a Radiologic Technology program for students interested in careers in imaging. The programs in the school are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

About Manhattanville College

Manhattanville College is a small, private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social justice. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to robust entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The college serves nearly 1,400 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the college offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, business, creative writing, and continuing and executive education programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 70 clubs and organizations and 23 NCAA Division III teams.

The opening of the Center for Design Thinking in 2019 and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2020 provided new opportunities for serving students and forging strategic partnerships with healthcare institutions, businesses, and schools. Manhattanville is one of the few liberal arts colleges to offer an undergraduate Certificate in Design Thinking, giving students a leg up with employers looking for critical thinking skills. The college now requires students to complete an experiential learning requirement, ensuring that all students graduate ready to succeed in their chosen field with on-the-job experience.

For three years in a row, “U.S. News and World Report” has ranked Manhattanville first among private, non-profit schools in New York for social mobility in Regional Universities North. See the latest ranking here: 2023 Best Colleges rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report.

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