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Pharmacy Technician Training

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.¹ 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.

Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?

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On-Demand Learning
Do not wait for a class to start - you decide when to begin with our on-demand learning platform.
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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.
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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.
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Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
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Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
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Our Community
Connect in real-time with other Pharmacy Technician students in the​ Penn Foster Community.

Prepare For Your Pharmacy Technician Certifications

Our Pharmacy Technician classes cover numerous 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)

See this sample lesson for what to expect!

Pharmacy Technician Curriculum

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

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Pharmacy Technician Tuition

Take the first step toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)​ with Penn Foster Career School for as little as $899. The cost of the PTCE practice test voucher (a $29 value) and the PTCE exam (a $129 value) is included in this program.

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 it is not required for program completion, this optional exercise allows you to gain practical, hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. If you’re interested in a Pharmacy Technician externship with CVS/pharmacy or Walgreens, consider our ASHP/ACPE accredited Pharmacy Technician Professional program with an opportunity to learn from two of the biggest pharmacies in the country.

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

A. With training and experience, some pharmacy technicians can earn as much as $48,010 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 technician jobs can be found in a variety of 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. For as little as $999, 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 accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs 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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