Become a Pharmacy Technician
There’s no shortage of pharmacies in need of skilled pharmacy technicians! This online course will prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Certification exam and help you complete an externship with a leading pharmacy chain.Enroll Now
Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for pharmacy technicians will grow 12% through 2028 – that equates to over 30,000 new jobs!
The BLS notes that on average, pharmacy technicians earn an annual salary of $32,700. Top earners can make up to $47,000 per year.
- Learn federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as well as the ethics of pharmacy practice.
- Be fully prepared to sit for the National Certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
- Become eligible to apply for a 100+ hour externship at a national pharmacy chain.
Note: There are no prerequisites to take this course; however, the externship requires that you have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old.
Orientation to Pharmacy
History, foundations, and the role of the pharmacy technician in today’s healthcare system
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Introduction to law, liability, and federal regulations of controlled substances
Basic, community, and institutional pharmacy math to calculate dosages and dilutions
The science of pharmacology, evolution of drugs, and administration of pharmacological agents
Verbal and non-verbal methods, HIPAA regulations
Insurance and Inventory Procedures
Cost analysis, purchasing procedures, and record keeping
Interactive lab for the retail and hospital settings
Virtual externship in the retail and hospital settings
Final comprehensive exam to qualify for externship
What does a pharmacy technician do?
Pharmacy technicians order and stock medications, prepare medications for distribution, and provide information to patients. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, their work must be approved by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed.
Do pharmacy technicians need a certification?
Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but most require certification, registration, or licensure. Earning your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a valuable, industry-recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.
How long does it take to complete the course?
This pharmacy technician course can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you spend in an externship program or preparing and sitting for state licensure.
Is a pharmacy technician a good career?
As the population ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases rises, more pharmacy technicians will be needed in pharmacies and may even see themselves taking on greater responsibilities in their role.
Melissa Dunworth has been a certified pharmacy technician since 1997. She is registered with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences.
Betty Stahl holds a doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University. Over the past several years, she has taught pharmacy technician programs at ASA College in New York City and ACT in Arlington, Virginia. Stahl has also worked as a pharmacist in independent and hospital settings.