Pharmacy Technician Program
Learn how to become a Pharmacy Technician
Take the first step toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) with Penn Foster College. The affordable, online Pharmacy Technician program is modeled against ASHP/ACPE standards and includes virtual exercises , simulations, hands-on practical labs, and a robust practice lab kit ($475 value!) that will help you prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) with confidence. Additionally, we’ll sponsor our pharmacy technician graduates to take the PTCE (a $129 value).
The Pharmacy Technician program is modeled against ASHP standards and requirements and has received candidate status for American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation. This accreditation is the national standard for pharmacy technician training programs. ASHP/ACPE-accredited pharmacy technician training is now required or strongly encouraged by several state Boards of Pharmacy. More and more students are looking to find programs that fulfill this requirement. Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation.
Hands-On Pharmacy Technician Learning with CVS Pharmacy, Kroger, and Walgreens
At the end of your pharmacy tech professional program, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experience at a CVS/pharmacy, Kroger, or Walgreens near you as part of the required hands-on training externship.
Why Become a Pharmacy Technician?
With over 422,000 pharmacy technician jobs in the United States, and a 4% job growth rate¹, now is a great time to consider a career as a pharmacy technician. Take the first step by learning on-the-job skills of how to become a pharmacy technician — like pharmaceutical dispensing, label preparation, and pharmacy software management — with our Pharmacy Technician program. In 2020, the average annual pharmacy technician salary was $35,100.¹
What Can You Do with Your Diploma in the Pharmaceutical Industry?
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, earning your Pharmacy Technician Professional Diploma can help you take this first steps toward a rewarding job within a variety of work environments. While many Pharmacy Technicians find work in the retail side of the industry, trained and licensed Pharmacy Techs can also get jobs in a variety of environments. Becoming a Pharmacy Technician also offers the option of working in hospital pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, and in Nursing or Assisted Living centers. While some positions may require additional training, a Pharmacy Technician Professional diploma can help you acquire the fundamental skills to begin on your path toward a job in the pharmaceutical industry!
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Nationally accredited – and at an average cost of $79 per credit – other schools do not match our combination of convenience, quality and affordability. Many of our college credits are also recommended by ACE CREDIT. Although every college makes its own decision on the transferability of credits, ACE CREDIT recommendations are considered by more than 2,000 of its participating institutions, helping you get the quality credits you deserve.
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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet here.