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.
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 A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN 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
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.
Learn federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as well as the ethics of pharmacy
Be fully prepared to sit for the National Certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician
Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
Become eligible to apply for a 100+ hour externship at a national pharmacy chain.
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 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
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
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
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.
This course is 100% online. Start anytime.