Program Goals and Outcomes

Pharmacy technician career goals and outcomes

Penn Foster's Pharmacy Technician Professional Career Diploma can help students prepare for jobs in retail pharmacies, mail-in pharmacies, and hospitals. The program also helps prepare students to sit for certification exams like the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Pharmacy Technician

Career Diploma 6-9 mo As low as $50/mo
800-275-4410 (9AM - 9PM EST)

Program Goal

To prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or NHA ExCPT exam, and gain entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas of science relevant to the pharmacy technician’s role, including anatomy/physiology and pharmacology
  • 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
  • Describe the steps, skills, and knowledge needed to prepare medications requiring compounding of sterile products, chemotherapy/ hazardous products, and nonsterile products
  • Explain patient- and medication-safety practices in all aspects of the pharmacy technician’s roles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance practices for pharmaceuticals, durable and nondurable medical equipment, devices, and supplies
  • Apply the steps in the medication order entry and fill process and interpret medication orders
  • Demonstrate knowledge of accepted procedures in purchasing pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies
  • Describe the steps needed to initiate, verify, and assist in the adjudication of billing for pharmacy services and goods, and collecting payment for these services 
  • Describe the use of current technology in the healthcare environment to ensure the safety and accuracy of medication dispensing
  • Explain the skills and strategies needed for professional and appropriate personal behavior and interpersonal communication

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