Pharmacy Technician

Career Diploma 6-9 mo
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Pharmacy technician school

If you're looking for a healthcare career in a pharmacy setting, you can pursue your goals with Penn Foster’s online Pharmacy Technician Training Program. Study the strategies, procedures, knowledge, and management skills that will prepare you to sit for the PTCE and ExCPT certification exams. 

  • Penn Foster’s Pharmacy Technician Training Program covers numerous topics such as medical terminology, managing and updating patient records, assisting the pharmacist with office duties, and more. 
  • Our Pharmacy Technician classes are meant to prepare you to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), or the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Pharmacy technician professionals are paid a competitive salary.
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Online
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Cost of Program

$999

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas of science relevant to the pharmacy technician’s role, including anatomy/physiology and pharmacology.
  2. How to compare and contrast the roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in ensuring pharmacy department compliance with professional standards and relevant legal, regulatory, formulary, contractual, and safety requirements.
  3. How to describe the steps, skills, and knowledge needed to prepare medications requiring compounding of sterile products, chemotherapy/hazardous products, and nonsterile products.
  4. How to study and prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Pharmacy Technician Career Outcomes 

Pharmacy Technician

AVG SALARY*

$35,100/yr

NUMBER OF JOBS*

422,300

JOB GROWTH*

4%


Penn Foster's Pharmacy Technician Training Program is designed with job-readiness in mind. Study the skills you need while preparing for any required industry certifications and state licenses, so you can get started on your career path as a pharmacy technician or advance your current career.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields 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. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements. These requirements vary from state to state. Before enrolling in the Penn Foster Career Pharmacy Technician program, you should contact the State Board of Pharmacy to obtain the requirements applicable to pharmacy technicians in your state. Penn Foster has determined that the curriculum does not meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following states: District of Columbia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

Contact information for State Boards of PharmacyIllicit drug use, criminal background checks, and immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician. Externship sites, employers, and State Boards of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use and criminal backgrounds.

Pharmacy Technician Student Stories 

Penn Foster’s Pharmacy Technician Training Program is a great first step towards acareer in the healthcare industry. This program has helped other graduates find new jobs and pursue a pharmacy technician career. Learn more about their experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Michelle R. 

Penn Foster Graduate, 2020 

I started my career path at Penn Foster and they guided me every step of the way.”

Pharmacy Technician School Curriculum

  • 31 exams
  • 13 courses 
  • 53.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

In our online Pharmacy Technician Training Program, you'll learn the skills required to pursue a career in this field. Your courses include:


  • Pharmacy Technician Orientation
  • Career Readiness
  • Pharmacology, Drug Class, and Body Systems, Part 1
  • Pharmacology, Drug Class, and Body Systems, Part 2
  • Pharmacy Practice Law and Regulations

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Pharmacy Technician Training Tuition

Choose from one of our payment options below and get started on your Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma today. 

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Cost of Program

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Cost of Program

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  • Start for $1 down
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Our Proven Healthcare Learning Model

Empowering you to reach your goals

Flexible

  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced

Interactive

  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos

Connected

  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community
  • Student Portal Help Center

Supportive

  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Pharmacy Technician Training FAQs

What is the salary for a pharmacy technician role?

With training and experience, some pharmacy technicians can earn as much as $33,950 per year¹ and job growth is projected to increase faster than average in the next several years.

What can I do with a pharmacy technician diploma?

Pharmacy technician jobs can be found in a variety of environments such as local, national and private hospitals, drug stores, grocery stores, nursing homes as well as other medical facilities.

How much does a pharmacy technician diploma cost?

We keep our program costs low and have special offers to keep your goals within reach. For as little as $899, our program also includes a PTCE practice test voucher (a $29 value) and the PTCE exam (a $129 value) included in your tuition. Visit our tuition page for the most current tuition information.

Is the Pharmacy Technician Program accredited?

Yes! Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs and nationally accredited by the DEAC.

What skills will I learn in this program?

Skills covered in the Pharmacy Technician Training Program include fundamentals of pharmacy and pharmacology, medical laws, ethics, regulations, and confidentiality, management and operations, math for pharmacists, body systems, and soft skills like customer service, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication.

Disclaimers:

California residents please click here for Required California Disclosures.


The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


Sources:

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Pharmacy Technicians." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed March 8, 2021.


Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.