Pharmacy Technician Training | Penn Foster Career School

Pharmacy Technician Training

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Our Externship Partners
Hands-on training with National Pharmacy Retailers

Online Training Overview

Enhanced program with added features!

Now with hands-on training from our externship partners, CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens, you can earn your Pharmacy Tech Career Diploma in as few as nine months and be one step closer to earning pharmacy technician certification. Penn Foster Career School's online Pharmacy Technician training program allows you to learn from home or on the go, and at a pace that's right for you. This program provides you with the tools to take the first steps toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT):

There are over 350,000 pharmacy technician jobs in the United States, and this valuable healthcare career is expected to grow 20% between now and 2022.¹ Penn Foster Career School graduates are employed with companies like: Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, and CVS/pharmacy, according to our 2013 Graduate Survey.

Curriculum Details

Program Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals

To prepare students to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam and gain entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain how to assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, medication use review, and department management
  • Understand how to receive and review prescriptions/medication orders for completeness and authenticity
  • Understand how to prepare medications for distribution
  • Verify the measurements, preparation, and/or packaging of medications produced by other technicians
  • Comprehend the medication distribution process
  • Understand how to initiate, verify, and assist in adjudicating and collecting payment and/or initiating billing for pharmacy goods and services
  • Comprehend the monitoring of the practice site and/or service area for compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and professional standards
  • Understand how to maintain pharmacy equipment and facilities
  • Understand how to prevent medication misadventures
  • Recognize a professional image
  • Understand how to function as an effective member of a health care team
  • Understand the use and adverse effects of common prescription and nonprescription medications

Unit 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
The Profession of Pharmacy

Learn about the profession of pharmacy and the ever-expanding role of the pharmacy technician.


  • Identify the laws that regulate the pharmacy profession.
  • Describe the basic duties of a community pharmacy technician.
  • List various types of pharmacies and the opportunities they offer the skilled pharmacy technician.
  • Explain the educational, certification, and licensing requirements for pharmacists and technicians.
  • Understand the role of other health-care professionals and how they relate to pharmacy.

Unit 2

Regulations for Drug Development

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the Food and Drug Administration and how it came about through legislation passed in the 1900s.


  • Describe the organization of the Food and Drug Administration and the purpose of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
  • Describe the purpose of the Durham-Humphrey Amendment of 1952, the Kefauver-Harris Amendment of 1962, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970.
  • Describe how the margin of safety of a drug is determined and how to determine the LD50 of a drug.
  • Describe the basic components of an IND application and a new drug application (NDA).
  • Differentiate between Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 clinical studies and define Phase 4 of clinical drug trials.
  • Name the two criteria that the FDA uses to evaluate over-the-counter drugs for approval and marketing.
Pharmacy Operations

In this lesson, you’ll cover the policies and procedures related to pharmacy operations in both community and institutional pharmacies. You’ll examine the pharmacy technician’s duties related to pharmacy administration and management, including insurance billing procedures.


  • Discuss pharmacy policies and procedures, including quality assurance issues.
  • Detail components of a prescription order, patient profile, and prescription label.
  • Explain the basic procedures related to ordering, purchasing, and storage and retrieval within the community pharmacy system and an institutional setting.
  • Describe the procedures related to returns, recalls, and expired drugs, including the special handling of Schedule II drugs.
  • Determine how technology systems such as IVR and electronic prescribing affect routine pharmacy operations.
  • Describe the required components of a medication order and how it’s processed.
  • Discuss automated systems of drug distribution in an institutional setting.
Prescribers of Drugs

This lesson describes health-care professionals who are licensed to prescribe medications for the treatment of disease and illness. The most frequent prescriber is the physician, who may be either a general practitioner or a specialist.


  • Define the medical specialties presented in this lesson.
  • Identify the conditions that each medical specialist treats, and some of the drugs prescribed for them.
  • Identify health-care providers other than physicians who are licensed to prescribe drugs.
  • Identify the types of drugs that each of these licensed health-care providers prescribes and the condition for which each type of drug is prescribed.
Veterinarians as Prescribers

This lesson will introduce you to the pharmacotherapeutic aspect of veterinary medicine. Pharmacotherapy is the treatment of disease or illness with drugs. You’ll learn about the important link between veterinarians and pharmacies, as well as the types of medications prescribed and their use in veterinary applications.


  • List two classifications of animal disease and animal drugs.
  • Describe the types of diseases for which veterinarians write prescriptions.
  • Describe some of the types of drugs prescribed and how they are administered.
  • Discuss the legalities of using human drugs in animals.
  • Describe some adverse drug reactions.

Unit 3

Drug Information Sources

This lesson describes the reference material most often used by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to keep abreast of new drugs, regulatory changes, professional news, and other pertinent information.


  • Identify the main types of reference information and their sources.
  • Discuss various delivery methods of drug information available to pharmacists and technicians.
  • List various drug information sources that may be required by law to be present in a pharmacy.
  • Identify various journals and newsletters available to pharmacists and technicians.
Drug Manufacturers, Monographs, and Package Inserts

This lesson will teach you the skills to gain a more complete understanding of what you’re dispensing.

When you complete this lesson, you’ll be able to

  • Describe the difference between a drug’s generic, chemical, brand name, and popular name.
  • Differentiate the two types of package inserts available.
  • Understand the sections of an official drug monograph/package insert in order to evaluate the particular actions of a drug.
  • Recognize the major sections of drug information that must be presented in each type of package insert and the type of information given in each section.
  • Define contraindication.
Label Preparation

This lesson will teach you how to prepare labels for medicines from written prescriptions. You’ll practice making labels as part of several learning exercises.


  • Identify the basic parts of a computer keyboard.
  • Recognize and write the abbreviations on a label.
  • Identify all the parts of a label for a prescription.
  • Write what must be included on a label.
  • Translate a prescription onto a label.
Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration

As a pharmacy technician, you’ll encounter a variety of dosage forms and may help prepare some of these prescriptions. This lesson will teach you why these forms are necessary and the ways the different dosage forms are prepared or manufactured.


  • Recognize the characteristics of most dosage forms.
  • Differentiate between suspensions, liquids, and emulsions.
  • Describe how to assist in the preparation of compounded medicines in several dosage forms.
  • Explain the many routes of administration and why all patients’ needs aren’t the same.
  • Identify equipment used to prepare types of dosage forms in a pharmacy.
  • List special dosage forms not encountered daily in a pharmacy.

Your job as a pharmacy technician will include receiving, reading, and filling prescriptions. One of the most important aspects of your training as a pharmacy technician is to learn how to accurately transfer the instructions on a prescription to the medication that a patient is receiving.


  • Describe the parts of a prescription.
  • Interpret prescription directions correctly.
  • Differentiate between prescriptions for premanufactured drugs and compounded medicines.
  • Know how to fill prescriptions from refill requests and telephone orders.
  • Describe hospital medication orders and prescriptions for controlled substances.
  • Identify the common errors of patients in compliance when taking medications.
  • Translate Latin abbreviations used in prescription writing to English.

Unit 4


This lesson is designed to introduce you to algebraic concepts and get you ready for the next lessons in your Pharmacy Technician Program.


  • Measure distance, weight, capacity, and temperature using the English and metric systems.
  • Use ratios and proportions to solve problems.
  • Use formulas to solve problems.
  • Solve simple equations using variables.
  • Apply algebra to problems that you’ll face in the workplace.
Pharmacy Arithmetic

This lesson is a review of arithmetic and how you’ll use math in pharmacy practice.


  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.
  • Change decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals.
  • Convert improper fractions to proper fractions.
  • Change percentages to fractions, percentages to decimals, and decimals to percentages.
  • Use the eight most common Roman numerals and Arabic equivalents.
  • Identify the quantities of medicines from the Roman numerals written on prescriptions.
Pharmaceutical Calculations

This lesson will teach you the fundamental calculations used in pharmacy for preparing and dispensing medicines.


  • Determine the dose of a drug per kilogram of body weight.
  • Calculate numbers of doses of drugs in a specified amount of medicine.
  • Calculate amount of medicine needed knowing the number of doses.
  • Calculate percentage strengths of liquid medications.
  • Determine percentages of solutions after dilution from concentrated solutions.
  • Define isotonicity and describe isotonic medications.
  • Convert between Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature measurements.
  • Define an element and the basic structure of the atom.
  • Define atomic numbers, atomic weights, and molecular weights.
  • Define and determine equivalent weights and milliequivalents of salt compounds.

Unit 5

Pharmaceutical Dispensing 1: General Considerations

This lesson introduces you to pharmaceutical compounding. Equipment used in pharmaceutical compounding is described along with techniques of measurement. Simple exercises on the use of the equipment and label typing are included in this lesson.


  • Understand basic compounding techniques.
  • Use a counting tray to count specific quantities accurately.
  • Describe the care and use of the balance and the methods for weighing powders.
  • Describe the use of vials and bottles for dispensing.
  • Describe the use of ointment tubes, ointment jars, and powder papers.
  • Perform pharmaceutical calculations for compounding drugs.

Additional Material:

  • Learning Aid: Counting Tray
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 2: Solid Dose Forms

This lesson continues pharmaceutical compounding by describing the dispensing of solid dosage forms, tablet and capsule dispensing, and capsule packing from bulk powder. Practice problems for pharmaceutical calculations are continued along with exercises in label typing.


  • Describe the uses, methods of manufacture, and basic types of ingredients used in capsules and tablets.
  • Explain storage requirements of capsules.
  • Describe how capsules are packed in compounding.
  • List what kinds of capsules can’t be compounded or opened.
  • Describe the legal requirements of label typing and what to double-check when dispensing oral solid dosage forms.
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 3: Liquid Dose Forms - Oral

This lesson continues the study of pharmaceutical compounding. It describes the preparation and dispensing of liquid dose forms for oral administration. It covers solutions, suspensions, and emulsions. You’ll also perform pharmaceutical calculations concerning the compounding of liquid dose forms.


  • Describe the characteristics of solutions, suspensions, and emulsions.
  • Identify the different methods of preparing emulsions.
  • List the types of ingredients used in different forms of liquid doses.
  • Identify types of flavoring and coloring agents used in liquid medications.
  • Perform calculations involved in the preparation of liquid dose forms.
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 4: Topical Dose Forms

In this lesson, you’ll be introduced to several classification systems for the dermatological bases. You’ll learn about ointment and cream formulations for drugs that are used topically and how to prepare them. Practice problems for pharmaceutical calculations are continued.


  • Define ointment and cream and explain the difference between the two.
  • Evaluate a dermatological base and tell whether it’s hydrous or anhydrous; miscible or immiscible with water; and water washable or water soluble.
  • Explain how to compound a dermatological product using the appropriate method—either incorporation or fusion.
  • Calculate the correct quantities of ingredients for a dermatological preparation, given a suitable concentration term such as percentage.
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 5: Miscellaneous Dose Forms

This lesson will cover those dose forms that are prepackaged and dispensed differently than solids, liquids, and topical dose forms. You’ll also practice pharmaceutical calculations and label typing.


  • Explain how to properly label nontraditional pharmaceutical containers.
  • Describe reconstitution procedures for powders and granules.
  • Discuss expiration dates and factors that cause drugs to degrade.

Unit 6

Basic Chemistry of Drug Molecules

This lesson will teach you basic chemistry in an easy-to-understand format so that you’ll appreciate the structural representations of drugs. Basic chemistry is a topic that isn’t usually taught in health science courses because of the broad nature of the subject. However, chemistry is made easy for you in this lesson.


  • Define alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes.
  • Draw the chemical structure of the benzene ring and other compounds.
  • Recognize the structure of an alcohol.
  • Identify the aliphatic and aromatic carbon compounds.
  • List the halogen class of elements.
  • Differentiate between the alkali metals and the alkaline earth metals.
  • Determine the molecular weight of a drug molecule.
  • List the common salts that are combined with drug molecules.
  • Define an amino acid and a peptide.
How Drugs Work

This lesson describes how drugs work.


  • Describe how drugs get to their sites of action in the body.
  • Identify receptors for drugs that are located in body tissues.
  • Discuss how drugs are absorbed into the body’s circulation and distributed to tissues, including the liver (where drugs are metabolized) and the kidneys (where drugs are excreted from the body in the urine).
  • Characterize the actions of drugs according to potency and efficacy.
  • Understand how drugs are metabolized to become inactive compounds and eventually eradicated from the body by the kidneys.
Poison/Drug Emergencies

This lesson will acquaint you with symptoms commonly resulting from both drug and chemical poisonings.


  • Assess the severity of a drug or chemical exposure.
  • Determine the appropriate questions to ask when handling a toxic exposure.
  • List the various sources of poison information and ways to access emergency medical systems.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of a drug or chemical exposure.
  • Explain the use of laboratory testing with drug overdoses.
  • Describe the different treatments and uses of antidotes with the poisoned patient.
Addictive Drugs

Review the important topic of drug addiction. You’ll learn about the major public health problems caused by substance abuse, the different types of drugs that are commonly abused (both legal prescriptions and illicit drugs), and some of the medical treatment methods that are used to help people who abuse drugs.


  • Define the terms addiction, habituation, dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal.
  • Explain why pharmacy technicians need to understand the problem of drug addiction.
  • List several prescription drugs that are most likely to be abused.
  • Define the primary characteristics of narcotics, stimulants, and depressants.
  • Describe the syndrome of narcotic addiction.
  • Describe the symptoms and health consequences associated with narcotics, cocaine, amphetamine, cannabises, anabolic steroids, and hallucinogenic drug use.
  • Explain how common household products that contain solvents may be misused as inhalants.
  • Discuss the preferred treatment procedures for people who abuse various substances.
Adverse Reactions/Drug Interactions

This lesson focuses on the adverse reactions that drugs can cause and drug interactions that result in unwanted effects. As a pharmacy technician, you’ll be handling powerful medicines that provide therapeutic effects, but that may also produce adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Adverse reactions are unwanted effects from a drug that have no benefit for the patient.


  • Define the concept of adverse drug reactions.
  • Identify adverse drug reactions by reviewing the information provided in drug monographs.
  • Explain the importance of double-blind studies.
  • Define and describe drug hypersensitivity reactions.
  • Describe the significance and cause of drug interactions.
  • Identify the drugs that cause serious interactions with alcohol.
  • Identify several important drug interactions.

Unit 7

Compounding of Sterile Products 1

This lesson describes the methods used to prepare injectable drugs and parenteral admixtures in a hospital pharmacy setting. You’ll be introduced to IV systems, packaged parenterals, devices and equipment, and methods of IV administration.


  • Explain the differences between ampules, vials, and prefilled syringes, and other container systems.
  • Identify the concepts of microbial contamination and aseptic technique.
  • Explain how to label, use, and care for the equipment and supplies used in the IV room.
  • Discuss the differences between intermittent and continuous infusions.
  • Explain how to reconstitute and add drugs to larger volumes.
  • Describe how needles and syringes are used and identify their basic components.
  • Explain when and why to use final filtering devices.
Compounding of Sterile Products 2

This lesson will present information on how to prepare total parenteral nutrition solutions (TPNs) in a hospital pharmacy setting. You’ll also learn about the preparation of intravenous fat emulsions, which are sometimes added directly to a TPN.


  • Recognize the products, equipment, and techniques used in preparing TPNs and IV fat emulsions.
  • Explain the extemporaneous preparation of ophthalmic products.
  • Define antineoplastics and describe their use.
  • Recognize the products, supplies, techniques, and safety precautions used in the preparation and disposal of antineoplastics.

Unit 8

Medical Terminology

In this lesson, you’ll learn the medical terminology that you’ll encounter in your career as a pharmacy technician. You’ll also learn how to pronounce medical terms correctly with the assistance of a pronunciation guide.


  • Explain how root words, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms function in medical terms.
  • Define many of the most common suffixes, roots, and prefixes.
  • Determine the meaning of a given medical term by analyzing its parts.
  • Describe the basic structures of the human body and what they do.
  • Identify the anatomical position, directional terms, planes of section, quadrants, and regions.
Anatomy and Physiology

Expand your understanding of medical terminology to include the anatomy, pathology, procedures, and abbreviations associated with the nervous, sensory, circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems.


  • Identify and explain the functions of the major structures of the nervous, sensory, circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Identify and define terms related to diseases, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the nervous, sensory, circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Use combining forms to build and analyze terms related to the nervous, sensory, circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems.

Unit 9

Drug Classes: Prescriptions

This lesson describes the classes of prescription drugs that you’ll dispense as a pharmacy technician.


  • Associate the general classes of drugs with their uses in the therapeutic treatment of disease.
  • Describe the major classes of drugs: analgesics, antihypertensives, heart medicines and anticoagulants, diuretics, antibiotics, antibacterials and antiinfectives, central nervous system (CNS) drugs, psychiatric drugs, oral contraceptives, endocrine drugs, corticosteroid preparations, bronchodilators, skeletal muscle relaxants, antihistamines, antilipemic drugs, electrolyte supplements, and vaccines.
  • Provide examples of each of the major drug classes and subcategories.
  • List the major illnesses that can be prevented by vaccines.
Drug Classes: Over-the-Counter Drugs

This lesson describes some major classes of over-the-counter drug and provides you with product information and reference material related to many medications and products sold without a prescription. Each class of drugs mentioned in this lesson includes a description of how the product works and why it’s used. Keep in mind that only the pharmacist can counsel a patient about proper medications.


  • Describe how antacids work to reduce stomach acid.
  • Describe the most effective antidiarrheals and laxatives.
  • Name the important ingredients in OTC analgestic products and cough and cold medicines.
  • Describe how drugs stop coughs and reduce runny nose.
  • Describe the way vitamins work and why vitamins are important.
  • Explain the effects of eyedrops in the treatment of eye disorders.

Unit 10

General Medical Conditions

This lesson reviews some of the general medical conditions experienced by patients and the types of drugs that are used to treat those ailments. This information will allow you to learn the general classes of medications that you’ll dispense for many illnesses.


  • List the major drug groups that are used to treat cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive disorders.
  • Discuss musculoskeletal system disorders and identify some of the drugs that are used to treat arthritis, muscle pain, and muscle spasticity.
  • List some common disorders of the nervous system and identify the major drugs that are used to treat epilepsy, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Describe how psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis may be treated with prescription medications.
  • Discuss some of the drugs that are used to treat common eye and ear disorders.
  • Explain the use of adrenocorticosterone drugs in nonendocrine diseases.
Infectious Diseases

This lesson will familiarize you with the therapeutic management of infectious disease. Infectious disease illnesses are caused by microorganisms, so a brief background in microbiology will be presented.


  • Define bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and give examples of each.
  • Explain the concept that an infectious disease is one that can be transmitted by way of bacterial, fungal, or viral passage between hosts.
  • Explain the concept of anti-infective therapy with drugs and relate this concept to bacterial, fungal, and viral growth.
  • Explain how antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals work and name some common drugs.
  • Explain how some infections show a preference for specific organs or tissues in the human body.
  • Explain how anti-infective therapy must focus on specific tissue or organs in order to treat an infection.
  • Describe the current drug treatments for HIV infection.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the different types of cancer and the therapy that cancer patients often receive. You’ll also learn about the current thinking regarding the definition of cancer as well as some of the theories that have been developed concerning the causes of cancer.


  • Explain some of the theories that scientists have developed regarding the causes of cancer.
  • Describe common cancer treatments.
  • List the major classifications of anti-cancer drugs based on their mechanisms of action.
  • List the drugs that are often used in combination with anti-cancer drugs to reduce the toxicities of the chemotherapy agents.
  • List some of the common complications of cancer chemotherapy, such as infections and their types.
  • Describe the natural products, hormones, and blood chemical products often used to assist patients in healing following drug therapy for the treatment of cancer.
  • List several of the major cancer types and understand the drug treatment combinations often used specifically to treat these diseases.

Unit 11

Pharmacy Technician Externship

Students complete a 120 hour externship with CVS/pharmacy or Walgreens. The Pharmacy Externship Coordinator at Penn Foster will work with CVS or Walgreens to place students in a store location. Students are required to have a cumulative grade average of 70% or better in order to be accepted into the required externship.

Upon Graduation

When you graduate, you'll receive

(Available when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)

  • The Pharmacy Technician Workbook and Certification Review
    The Pharmacy Technician Workbook and Certification Review, 5th Edition is a valuable tool for success in your Pharmacy Technician Program. This workbook is the only Pharmacy Technician workbook officially endorsed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). It provides a useful format for memorizing important information and for checking your knowledge. Key concepts and terms are carefully explained, and there are over 1,000 exercises and problems to test your knowledge. Working these exercises will help you succeed in your training, and may be used as a review guide in preparing for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). A practice exam is included as an additional study tool.
  • You can request a voucher for the PTCB practice exam, as well as sponsorship for the PTCB certification exam.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Sample Lesson

To view a Pharmacy Technician course sample lesson, click here.

Prepare for Pharmacy Technician Certification

All Penn Foster Career School career diploma and certificate programs are regionally and nationally accredited which means you get the quality you deserve. This career diploma program can help you prepare for an industry certification that is in high demand with the top Pharmacy Technician employers, and it includes preparation courses and materials to put you on the right track towards certification.

At the end of the Penn Foster Career School coursework, you'll work a hands-on training externship at a CVS/pharmacy or Walgreens near you. Once you graduate, you will be given the materials you need to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

Important information regarding State Requirements and Externship:

State boards may impose a variety of different requirements. These requirements vary from state to state. Before enrolling in the Penn Foster Career School Pharmacy Technician program, you should contact the State Board of Pharmacy to obtain the requirements applicable to pharmacy technicians in your state. This is particularly important for residents of Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Contact information for State Board of Pharmacy.

Acceptance into the externship component of this program requires a background check. Externship applicants having felony convictions in their criminal history, regardless of the date of conviction, are not eligible to participate in an externship. Externship applicants with misdemeanor convictions relating to drug and alcohol use, illegal use of controlled substances, theft of property, violation of pharmacy practice law, shoplifting, assault, disorderly conduct or weapons are not eligible to participate in an externship. Misdemeanors will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Students are required to have a cumulative grade average of 70% or better in order to be accepted into the required externship for this program.

State Licensing Information

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

Penn Foster Career School is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Pharmacy Technician Training Program Online

Pharmacy Technicians prepare different drugs for prescriptions, organize inventory, and explain reactions or symptoms to customers in drugstores, hospitals, or supermarket pharmacies. If you are considering a career as a pharmacy technician, here are some qualities that are important in the field:

  • Attentive: Hear and understand what others need and want.
  • Organized: Technicians need to keep prescriptions and new drugs in the right place.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Mathematical: You can easily count and calculate different amounts.
  • Dependable: Customers and companies rely on you to have the right information.

Before I even stepped foot inside a pharmacy, Penn Foster’s course material provided me with a good, solid foundation so that I was adequately prepared for the job. Because of my additional pharmacy technician experience with CVS, I was able to advance much more quickly in my pharmacy technician 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 definitely 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

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Pharmacy Technician academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • The Pharmacy Technician Workbook and Certification Review
  • Penn Foster Career School covers the cost of for both the PTCB practice exam and the certification exam ($158 value)
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What certifications are available for the Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma Program?

Penn Foster Career School Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma graduates are eligible to sit for The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam and can obtain information about it at You'll also receive the Pharmacy Technician Workbook and Certification Review as part of your graduation gift. This workbook is the only Pharmacy Technician workbook officially endorsed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Does Penn Foster Career School help students secure externship sites?

Through our partnerships with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, students can secure an externship position at a location near them. As students approach the externship module in their coursework, Penn Foster Career School will provide guidance on how to secure an externship site.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 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.

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