Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma
Learn how to become a Pharmacy Technician Professional
Take the first step toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) with Penn Foster Career School. Our affordable, online Pharmacy Technician training program will help you prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). Penn Foster will cover the cost for you to prepare and take the PTCE offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Pharmacy Technician graduates receive a voucher for the official PTCE practice test (a $29 value) and are sponsored to take the PTCE (a $129 value).
Why Become a Pharmacy Technician?
With over 402,000 pharmacy technician jobs in the United States, and a faster-than-average job growth rate, 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 Professional program. In 2017, the average annual pharmacy technician salary was $31,750.¹
Work Experience Option
Upon completion of your Pharmacy Technician program, the self-arranged Work Experience Option allows you to seek out and gain experience as a pharmacy technician with an employer near you. Though this is not required for program completion, this optional exercise allows you to gain practical, hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Interested in a Pharmacy Techncian externship with CVS or Walgreens? Consider our Pharmacy Technician Professional program with an opportunity to learn from two of the biggest pharmacies in the country.
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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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet here.