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Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma

Prepare for Pharmacy Technician Certification Online

Take the first step toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)​ with Penn Foster Career School. Our affordable, online Pharmacy Technician training program will help you prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). Penn Foster will cover the cost for you to prepare and take the PTCE offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Pharmacy Technician graduates receive a voucher for the official PTCE practice test (a $29 value) and are sponsored to take the PTCE (a $129 value).
Gain Hands-On Experience with CVS/Pharmacy​ and Walgreens
At the end of your pharmacy tech program, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experience at a CVS/pharmacy or Walgreens near you as part of our hands-on training externship. Once you graduate, you will be given the materials you need to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens

Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?

On-Demand Learning
Do not wait for a class to start - you decide when to begin with our on-demand learning platform.
Dedicated Success Coaches
Your personal Success Coach will help you tap into any resources you need - like instructors, teaching assistants and online support - to be successful.
Mobile Friendly
Take our online pharmacy tech program with you wherever you go. Our custom-designed learning platform is easy to use at home or on-the-move.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 44,000 graduates in 2017 from our regionally and nationally accredited High School and Career School and nationally accredited College, you're in good hands!
Our Community
Connect in real-time with other Pharmacy Technician students in the​ Penn Foster Community.

Why Become a Pharmacy Technician?

With over 350,000 pharmacy technician jobs in the United States, and a faster-than-average job growth rate, now is a great time to consider a career as a pharmacy technician. Take the first step by learning on-the-job skills of how to become a pharmacy technician — like pharmaceutical dispensing, label preparation, and pharmacy software management — with our Pharmacy Technician program. In 2016, the average annual pharmacy technician salary was $30,920.¹

A Customized Online Learning Experience

With interactive, mobile-friendly courses, progress-tracking and goal setting tools, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is an online learning experience like no other! Connect with peers and faculty in real-time through our discussion boards, and use our built-in self-checks and interactive flashcards to review what you’ve learned before taking your exams.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Details
Our Pharmacy Technician classes cover topics such as medical terminology, managing and updating patient records, assisting the pharmacist with office duties, and more to help you prepare to sit for the following pharmacy technician certification exams:
  1. Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
  2. Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Pharmacy Technician Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.


Take the first step toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)​ with Penn Foster Career School. The cost of the PTCE practice test voucher (a $29 value) and the PTCE exam (a $129 value) is included in this program.
  • The courses provided me with a solid foundation so that I was adequately prepared for the job. With my additional pharmacy technician experience with CVS, I was able to advance more quickly in my training.
    Lee Anne B.
    Pharmacy Technician Graduate
  • The self-checks were really helpful, helping me review what I just read and making sure I knew the information before moving on. I would recommend this program to anybody interested in being a Pharmacy Technician. Excellent school.
    Jessica C.
    Pharmacy Technician Graduate
  • Penn Foster is an excellent distance learning school that prepares the student well for the work world. It helped me! Thanks Penn Foster!
    Victor C.
    Pharmacy Technician Graduate
What Can You Do with Your Diploma in the Pharmaceutical Industry?
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, earning your Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma can help you take this first steps toward a rewarding job within a variety of work environments. While many Pharmacy Technicians find work in the retail side of the industry, trained and licensed Pharmacy Techs can also get jobs in a variety of environments. Becoming a Pharmacy Technician also offers the option of working in hospital pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, and in Nursing or Assisted Living centers. While some positions may require additional training, a Pharmacy Technician diploma can help you acquire the fundamental skills to begin on your path toward a job in the pharmaceutical industry!
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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet here.
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