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What Can You Do with a Pharmacy Technician Diploma?

Increase your hiring potential and take the first step toward a career as a pharmacy technician. 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 Accredited

Our Pharmacy Technician Professional program is modeled against ASHP standards and requirements and has received American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation. 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.

Why Choose Penn Foster College?

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On-demand learning
Don’t wait for a class to start - you decide when to begin with our self-paced 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 professional 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 and exam 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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Connect with other students
Connect in real-time with students and alumni in your career area on the Penn Foster Student Community.

Why Choose Penn Foster College?

calendar and clock icon.
On-demand learning
Don’t wait for a class to start - you decide when to begin with our self-paced learning platform.
trophy icon.
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.
hand with money symbol icon.
Mobile Friendly
Take our online pharmacy tech professional program with you wherever you go. Our custom-designed learning platform is easy to use at home or on-the-move.
thumbs up with signs icon.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
iphone with settings gear icon.
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
street signs icon.
Connect with other students
Connect in real-time with students and alumni in your career area on the Penn Foster Student Community.
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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 7% through 2028 and over 420,000 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 a median starting salary of $32,700,¹ 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'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.

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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.
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“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

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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