become a Pharmacy Technician

Learn the essential skills of handling medications and assisting in a pharmacy environment in our online ASHP/ACPE accredited Pharmacy Technician certification program.

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25 Weeks

Program Length

CPhT

Certifications

$4,000.00

TUITION

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What does a Pharmacy Technician do?

A certified pharmacy technician is able to work alongside pharmacists in order to help patients receive their proper medications. They play a vital role to provide safe and effective patient care.

Pharmacy technicians work with pharmacists to provide quality patient care by filling prescriptions and measuring and dispensing the required medication dosage to patients. They also assist with billing and record-keeping of patient records as well as managing medication inventory.

Where does a Pharmacy Technician work?

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

  • Requirements

  • Training Materials Provided

Pharmacy Technician

Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for pharmacy technicians from 2020-2030 is projected to grow 4%, with about 31,700 openings for pharmacy technicians projected each year.

The BLS reports the median annual wage for a pharmacy technician in 2020 was $35,100. The top locations in which they worked include hospitals, pharmacies and drug stores. 

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this certified pharmacy technician program you’ll learn a number of skills, including how to:

  • Accurately count, weigh, pour and mix medications
  • Prepare accurate prescription labels and package prescriptions
  • Prepare and process insurance claim forms and manage inventory
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles as well as computerized patient records
  • Receive and process prescription requests from patients and those sent electronically from doctors’ offices

Courses - 25 Weeks

Professionalism in Allied Health

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology

Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practices ASHP

Pharmacy Technician Externship

Program Preview

Pharmacy Technician Job Possibilities

Pharmacy
Technician

$19,000 - $49,000

ESTIMATED SALARY

Pharmacy
Assistant

$21,000 - $95,000

ESTIMATED SALARY

Compounding Specialist
(Compounding pharmacy tech)

$24,000 - $55,000

ESTIMATED SALARY

Certificate Information

The certified Pharmacy Technician training program will teach you all the skills you need to gain the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPT) certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

PLEASE NOTE: Students residing in the state of Washington – this program is NOT approved for the long-term licensing of Pharmacy Technicians. The WA Board of Pharmacy has additional requirements if the student plans to permanently reside in Washington. If a student is living in WA short-term (less than 2-years) they can obtain a temporary license.

CPT

Certified Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician certification exam provides the opportunity to work in a pharmacy setting and receive requests for prescriptions from doctor’s offices and patients.

Pharmacy Technician Online Training Tuition Options

In addition to the following payment options, we offer special corporate volume pricing. Visit the Corporate page for details.

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option. 

 

     

Apply for PayPal Credit and pay zero interest if your balance is paid in full within 6-months. Complete a quick application and you’ll receive a credit decision within seconds. 

 

Pay for your training with an education loan through Sallie Mae. Follow the below steps to begin your registration process.

Complete the course registration process to reserve your seat.

 

Many employers have education programs or will pay for continued education! Select "Corporate Invoice" if you need an invoice to process payment through company training tuition assistance/reimbursement plans. 

 

Download the free brochure below to your HR representative or manager and show them the benefits of gaining additional education!

Apply for a workforce grant through NCWorks and get all or part of your training paid for! Complete the course registration process on this site to reserve your seat. Select “NCWorks Grant” as your payment option. 

Pay in Full

$4,000

ONE TIME COST

Pay in full

Pay in full for your program using PayPal, Venmo or a credit card. 

Payment Plan

$4,000

INSTALLMENTS

Flexible payment option

We accept employer sponsored payments including tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement.

Tuition Assistance

$4,000

COMPANY INVOICE

Employer sponsored payment

We accept employer sponsored payments including tuition assistance/reimbursement.

Do you need help paying for your certification program?

Many employers offer education assistance programs. Download the brochures to show your employer the benefit of upskilling their employees.

PROGRAM COMPARISONS


Greensboro College

Community College

Program & Tuition Cost

$4,000 average

Up to $20,000

Exam Fees, Books & Materials

Included

Up to $750

Job Ready In

3–6 months

24–48 months

Schedule Flexibility

On-demand 24/7

Set class schedule

Travel Requirements

None: 100% online

On-campus classrooms

Student Support

Personal Advisors: text, call and email access

Professors: scheduled office hours

Career Coaching

Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers

Exam-based + prerequisites and electives

to meet credit

Content Delivery

3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning

Professor lectures

Meet Your Workforce Training Specialist

Kelly is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options, and succeed! Get in touch with Kelly to learn more about the program, Greensboro College, and how to achieve your workforce development goals!

FAQ

Pharmacy technicians should be skilled in technical aspects of the job such as basic pharmacology, as well as possess strong organizational skills, attention to detail and communication skills.

Most pharmacy technicians work full time and work hours can exceed 40 hours per week. As some pharmacies are open 24/7, it’s not uncommon for pharmacy technicians to work overnights and weekends.

Some of the benefits that come with working as a pharmacy technician include job stability, flexible work schedule and the opportunity to advance into other healthcare-related fields.

Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of a pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians take orders from patients, fill prescriptions and have these verified by the pharmacist before issuing them to the patient. Other differences include certification requirements and pay rates.

The exam is only required once; however, to maintain the certification the Pharmacy Technician must obtain 20 hours of continuing education over a two year period. Numerous companies and organizations offer continuing education. If you let the 20 hour continuing education requirement pass, you’ll have to retake the exam.

Connect with a Workforce Training Specialist today! Ready to begin your career journey or have more questions?