Online Pharmacy Technician Program

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Pharmacy Technician

Our all-inclusive online pharmacy tech programs include 120 hours on-the-job training through a local externship with a pharmacy such as Walgreens. Graduate ready for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam delivered by the National Healthcareer Association, or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. We cover your exam fee! Enroll now in one of the finest online pharmacy tech programs.

  • Prerequisite: None (Certification exam prerequisites may include high school diploma or GED and minimum 18 years of age)
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online pharmacy tech programs teach the solid skills you'll need to work in a retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy setting. Starting with basic concepts and progressing to professional-level skills, your challenging lessons show you how to...

  • Retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure and mix medications
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles
  • Prepare insurance claim forms
  • Manage inventory
  • Interact with doctors, patients and the pharmacist

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Pharmacy Technician Basics

Introduction to Pharmacy  

Introduction to the practice of pharmacy and explanation of terms that are commonly used in the pharmacy profession.

Pharmacology in Practice  

Definitions, uses, and sources of the basic tools of pharmacy—drugs.

Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration; Pharmaceutical Measurements and Calculations  

Methods of administering medications into the body. Introduction of the basic measurement systems and mathematical techniques used in pharmacy.

Dispensing Medications and the Community Pharmacy  

Dispensing medication, mechanics of billing, purchasing, receiving, and inventory management in a pharmacy setting.

Lesson Group 3: Hospital Practice, Infection Control, and Safety Measures

Hospital Pharmacy Practice  

Pharmacy operations in hospital settings.

Infection Control; Preparing Sterile IVs  

Protecting patients and healthcare providers from infectious diseases. Techniques used to prepare sterile intravenous products.

Medication Safety  

Prevalence and potential adverse effects caused secondary to medical errors. Processes and procedures which may be implemented to prevent medical errors within the healthcare system.

Lesson Group 4: Pharmacology, Part 1

Names, Indications, Abbreviations, and Prescription Reading  

Generic names, pronunciations, classifications, and brand names of the most commonly prescribed drugs; top drugs administered in hospitals; common pharmacy abbreviations and acronyms.

The Science of Pharmacology  

Process of getting drugs approved for general use by physicians. Issues related to the administration of drugs to individual patients.

Antibiotics, Antifungals, and Antivirals  

Infectious bacteria and the antibiotic drugs that have been developed to treat them. Introduction to fungi and viruses.

Anesthetics, Narcotic Pain Relievers, Psychiatric Drugs, and Drugs for CNS Disorders  

How the human nervous system is affected by the various classes of pain relievers.

Lesson Group 5: Pharmacology, Part 2

Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Drugs  

Pharmacology of respiratory and gastrointestinal drugs.

Renal, Urinary, and Cardiovascular Drugs  

Diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular and urinary systems, including the drug therapies that are used in prevention and treatment.

Muscle Relaxants, Nonnarcotic Analgesics, Hormones, and Topicals  

Study of the nature, uses, and side effects of medicinal drugs in the classes of muscle relaxants, nonnarcotic analgesics, hormones, and topicals.

Chemotherapy and Miscellaneous Pharmaceutical Products  

Chemotherapeutic and biologic drugs as well as substances such as vitamins, herbs, and antidotes.

Lesson Group 6: Externship


Students will complete 120 hours of externship in a retail pharmacy under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They’ll also receive training in airborne and blood-borne pathogens, HIPAA requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, certification preparation, career options, writing resumes and cover letters, and handling job interviews.

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  What You Get

You'll receive everything you need to succeed, all covered in your tuition.

  • Comprehensive pharmacy practice and pharmacology textbooks
  • Certification-aligned study guides
  • Academic and career guidance from your personal mentor
  • 120-hour pharmacy externship*
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After graduation...

  • Proctored ExCPT Exam delivered by the National Healthcareer Association - including interactive test prep resources, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $180 value) National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
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  • Proctored PTCE Exam delivered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board - including practice exam, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $183 value) PTCB

(1) *Externship Eligibility: Must be at least age 18 with a minimum GPA of 2.0. May require criminal background check.  (2) Certification Exam Requirements: Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with NHA and PTCB for their requirements.  (3) State Regulations: State requirements to become a pharmacy technician vary. Please check with your state’s pharmacy regulatory agency to confirm the requirements and certification exam.

Graduates of our online Pharmacy Technician program receive a diploma suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your Career Diploma from our nationally accredited school plus your certification and externship will put you ahead in the job market.

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