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Pharmacy Technician Professional Career Diploma

Train outplaced and incumbent employees for roles as certified pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy Technician Professional Program Overview

The Penn Foster ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Technician Professional program prepares learners to sit for two industry-recognized certification exams to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.  The curriculum provides learners with the strategies, procedures, knowledge, and management skills needed to work effectively as entry-level pharmacy technicians in any pharmacy setting.  The online courses include interactive and engaging exercises with hands-on practical labs and real-world simulations that help learners prepare for the required 160-hour hands-on training externship.
Certification Exam Preparation

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Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
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Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered by the National Healthcareer Association
Average Completion Time

6-9 Months

Time to complete is based on individual learner progression.
Required Externship Experience

160 Hours

Learners gain on-the-job, hands on experience in the field.

Curriculum

  • Career readiness
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug classifications
  • Pharmacy law & regulations
  • Pharmaceutical math calculations
  • Sterile & nonsterile compounding
  • Basics of medication safety
  • Bill & reimbursement processes
  • Pharmacy management software

Features and Benefits

  • Robust lab kit needed to complete practical labs is included ($475 value)
  • Cost of PTCE certification exam is included ($129 value)
  • Curriculum aligned with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and National Healthcareer Association
  • Delivered on the PFx learning platform which provides engaging and interactive learning materials, including cutting-edge simulations, recorded demonstrations, live sessions, and more
  • Certification review course to prepare learners to sit for industry exams
  • Engaging digital textbooks and study materials
  • Career diploma programs include wraparound learner support, access to instructors and coaches, ensuring your students successfully progress through training
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ASHP/ACPE 
Penn Foster’s online Pharmacy Technician Professional program is one of only two distance education/online programs to earn ASHP/ACPE accreditation.
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PTCB recognized
PTCB requires pharmacy technicians attend an organization recognized program in order to sit for certification exams. 
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Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accrediting (CHEA).
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Please note, this training program is not available to residents of the District of Columbia, Oklahoma, and Washington.