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Pharmacy Technician - Curriculum Questions


Q. What classes do I need to take to learn how to become a Pharmacy Technician?

A. Over the course of the Pharmacy Technician program, you will take classes covering a range of topics that have been carefully designed based on ASHP standards and align with the PTCE and ExCPT certification exams. Some such courses include Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice Law and Regulations, Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technology, Pharmacy Management Software and much more. You can find a full list of the courses you will take on our Pharmacy Technician Program Details page.

Program Length

Q. How long does it take to complete a Pharmacy Technician career diploma?

A. At Penn Foster, there is no set time frame for acquiring a Pharmacy Technician career diploma. Because our program is self-paced, students are able to complete the program at a variety of paces depending on how much time they are able to put into their courses each week.


Q. What are the prerequisites needed to enter a Pharmacy Technician program?

A. In order to enroll in Pharmacy Technician school, you’ll need a high school diploma or a GED and will need to be at least 17 years of age. You also will need access to a computer with an internet connection, as our program is completely online.

Skills Learned

Q. What skills will I learn in a Pharmacy Technician program?

A. In our accredited Pharmacy Technician program, you will learn the skills used by a practicing Pharmacy Technician including pharmacology, sterile and non-sterile compounding, pharmacy management, and operations. In addition to your course-based learning, the program includes interactive and engaging exercises with hands-on practical labs and real-world simulations such as processing a cash transaction, counting medication with prescription interpretation, and preparing medication for automated dispensing with barcoding.

Q. Is the pharmacy technician externship required?

A. In order to complete the Penn Foster Pharmacy Technician Professional program, you will need to complete an externship at either CVS or Walgreens. The externship will consist of 160 hours of clinical experience, giving students hands-on training to better equip you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Q. Are textbooks included with the Pharmacy Technician program?

A. Students can choose to study via eBooks or printed textbooks, and the interactive learning experience includes hands-on learning and virtual exercises around Processing a Cash Transaction; Counting Medication with Prescription Interpretation, and Preparing Medication for Automated Dispensing with Bar Coding. Students also receive a full practice kit of items necessary to complete their practical labs, all included in your tuition.