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What Can You Do with a Pharmacy Technician Diploma?

Increase your hiring potential and take the first step toward earning a Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Degree from Penn Foster College. Our affordable, online Pharmacy Technician Professional Program can help you prepare to sit for two industry exams to help you become a certified pharmacy technician. While some positions may require additional training, our program can help you gain the fundamental skills to begin on your path toward working as a pharm tech in places like assisted living centers and corporate pharmacies.
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ASHP/ACPE Accreditation Candidate

Our Pharmacy Technician Professional program is modeled against ASHP standards and requirements and has received candidate status for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation credential. This accreditation is the national standard for pharmacy technician training programs. ASHP/ACPE-accredited pharmacy technician training is now required or strongly encouraged by several state Boards of Pharmacy. More and more students are looking to find programs that fulfill this requirement. Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation.
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Hands-On Pharmacy Technician Learning with CVS Pharmacy & 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 required hands-on training externship.
The healthcare industry is continuously growing and with an aging population, Pharmacy Technician Professionals are being called on to take on more and more duties. With a faster than average projected job growth of 12% over the next ten years and over 402,000 pharmacy technician jobs in the United States, there's no better time than now to take the first steps toward a fast-paced, in-demand career. With an average starting salary of $31,750,¹ you can start training for a rewarding position in the field with Penn Foster today!
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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.

Pharmacy Technician Professional Curriculum Details

Our Pharmacy Technician classes include interactive and engaging exercises with hands-on practical labs and real-world simulations that will help you master your coursework. You can also choose how you receive your textbooks — eBooks or printed textbooks. You'll cover topics such as pharmacology, sterile and non-sterile compounding, pharmacy management, 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.

Pharmacy Technician Tuition

Take the first step toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) with Penn Foster College. The cost of PTCE exam (a $129 value), hands-on practical labs, a practice lab kit ($475 value), and virtual simulations are all 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
professional woman pharmacy technician

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 Professional 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 Professional diploma can help you acquire the fundamental skills to begin on your path toward a job in the pharmaceutical industry!
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Related Program From Our Partner School, Ashworth College

Take your current career to the next level or develop new skills with the freedom of self-paced courses offered through our partner school, Ashworth College.

Sterile Processing

Boost your resume or prepare to take the next steps in your healthcare career with our partner school, Ashworth College’s, online sterile processing technician program. You’ll learn approved practices for decontamination and sterilization of medical supplies and equipment that play a vital role in a medical setting. Once you graduate, you can prepare to sit for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification Exam, the cost of which is included in your Ashworth tuition.

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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.