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What Can You Do with a Pharmacy Technician Diploma?

Take the first step toward a career as a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT)​ with Penn Foster Career School. Our affordable, online training program can help you prepare for two important industry certification exams. Study anytime, anywhere, around your schedule to gain fundamental skills to begin on your path toward working in pharmacies, healthcare facilities, and more!

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

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.

Work Experience Option

Upon completion of your Pharmacy Technician program, the self-arranged Work Experience Option allows you to seek out and gain experience as a pharmacy technician with an employer near you. Though this is not required for program completion, this optional exercise allows you to gain practical, hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Interested in a Pharmacy Techncian externship with CVS or Walgreens? Consider our Pharmacy Technician Professional program with an opportunity to learn from two of the biggest pharmacies in the country.
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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.

Online Pharmacy Technician Certification

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.

Pharmacy Technician Tuition

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 in-depth knowledge I gained prepared me to succeed in my current position.
    Meg S.
    Pharmacy Technician Graduate
  • I decided to enroll with Penn Foster because I loved that I could go at my own pace and also the tuition was affordable and perfect for my budget.
    Christi G.
    Pharmacy Technician Graduate
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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!


Q. What is the salary for a Pharmacy Technician role?

A. Pharmacy technicians have a median salary of $32,700 per year¹ and job growth is projected to increase faster than average in the next several years.

Q. What can I do with a Pharmacy Technician diploma?

A. Pharmacy technicians can find positions in various environments such as local, national and private hospitals, drug stores, grocery stores, nursing homes as well as other medical facilities.

Q. How much does a Pharmacy Technician diploma cost?

A. We keep our program costs low and have special offers to keep your goals within reach. Our program also includes a PTCE practice test voucher (a $29 value) and the PTCE exam (a $129 value) included in your tuition. Visit our tuition page for the most current tuition information.

Q. Is the Pharmacy Technician Program accredited?

A. Yes! Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited by the DEAC.

Q. What skills will I learn in this program?

A. Skills covered in the Pharmacy Technician career program include fundamentals of pharmacy and pharmacology, medical laws, ethics, regulations, and confidentiality, management and operations, math for pharmacists, body systems, and soft skills like customer service, critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication.

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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. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.