Pharmacy Tech Program Career Path

Pharmacy technicians play a vital role in healthcare, assisting pharmacists in dispensing medication for patients. If you’re considering starting a career as a pharmacy technician after graduating high school, our high school diploma with pharmacy tech program can help you learn pharmacy basics while earning your diploma. You’ll complete your core classes, like English, science, and math, then you’ll take five elective classes that cover foundational pharmacy skills like pharmacology and medical terminology. Your career-focused electives may be transferable to our Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma, giving you a head start on your training.

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Pharmacy Technician Pathways Courses

General High School Courses

Orientation

Humanities

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

Health & Physical Education

Electives: Vocational

Electives: Academic/College Preparation

Electives: General

  • Technology Requirements - As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® Sierra Version 11.2 or later, access to a word processing program to complete written assignments, and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.

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Pharmacy Technician

Skilled pharmacy technicians support pharmacists in retail, mail-in, and hospital pharmacies, assisting to fill prescriptions and work with customers. Pharmacy technicians are currently in-demand, so it's a great time to start a career in the field!

AVG SALARY*

$36,740/yr

NUMBER OF JOBS*

447,300

State Licensing

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

FAQs

How can I become a pharmacist?

Pharmacists require extensive education to work in the field. After graduating high school, the next step toward becoming a pharmacist is completing a bachelor’s degree. Most schools don’t offer a pharmacy-specific degree, so you’ll want to major in a related field like chemistry or biology. After successfully completing this degree, you’ll need to attend pharmacy school to earn your doctorate. Pharmacy school can take an additional four years to complete. After graduating with your doctorate, you’ll then need to become licensed in your state to practice in retail and clinical pharmacies.

 

How many years of school does it take to become a pharmacist?

On average, it can take up to eight years to become a pharmacist after graduating high school. That includes completing an undergraduate degree, earning your doctorate from pharmacy school, completing an internship or residency, and becoming licensed.

 

What is the current job outlook for pharmacy techs?

Jobs in healthcare continue to be on the rise and the same goes for pharmacy techs. As more patients require regular medication and vaccines are more important than ever, skilled pharmacy technicians will be needed in retail and hospital pharmacies to help patients.

 

Where can I work as a pharmacy technician?

Pharmacy technicians can work in a variety of settings from retail pharmacies to hospitals, clinics, and mail-order pharmacies.

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Sources:

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Pharmacy Technicians." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed September 23, 2022.


Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.