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Pharmacy Technician - Accreditation Questions

National Accreditation

Q. Is Penn Foster's Pharmacy Technician Professional program nationally accredited?

A. The Pharmacy Technician Professional program is ASHP/ACPE accredited and is modeled against ASHP standards to ensure students are qualified to work in a range of environments. This accreditation is the national standard for Pharmacy Technician training programs and is required in some states and preferred by many employers.

Certification

Q. Will I receive a professional certification at the end of the program?

A. Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician Professional program, you will receive a diploma from Penn Foster and the program will have helped you prepare to sit for either of two industry certification exams; the PTCE certification exam or the ExCPT certification (offered through NHA). A voucher to cover the cost of the PTCE certification exam is included in your tuition. You will need to pass the PTCE or the ExCPT certification exam in order to be formally certified.

Requirements

Q. Do I need an accredited Pharmacy Technician program?

A. Requirements vary from state to state, but many states do require you to obtain industry certification, such as the PTCE or ExCPT, and/or some states and employers require Pharmacy Technicians to have successfully completed an ASHP-accredited training program.