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Online Pharmacy Technician Program

If you want to grow your career in a fast-growing field, our accredited, online Pharmacy Technician Program can help you reach your goals. This flexible, affordable career diploma focuses on the real-world skills demanded by pharmacy employers, and includes an externship opportunity with our partners Walgreens and CVS/Pharmacy.

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  • Easily afford this API Program Name program with 0% interest monthly payment options
  • Fit study around your life with our flexible online study model
  • Upgrade your career prospects and achieve your goals


Professional certification

Our program prepares you for Pharmacy Technician certification through the National Healthcareer Association's (NHA's) ExCPT Pharmacy Technician certification exam and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB's) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).*


What you get

  • Voucher for proctored NHA ExCPT Pharmacy Technician certification exam (a $180 value), or
  • Voucher for proctored PTCB Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (a $183 value)
  • Official ExCPT or PTCB certificate and wallet ID when exam is passed
  • Pharmacy Management Software for the Pharmacy Technician: A Worktext
  • Binder™ mobile app for taking your learning materials on-the-go
  • Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
  • Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
  • ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
  • An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads
  • Access to PioneerRx, the nation’s top pharmacy management system**

Pharmacy Technician externship program

Our students stand out from other graduates thanks to our partnership with Walgreens and CVS/Pharmacy nationwide. With us, you'll receive the opportunity to complete your pharmacy technician externship*** and receive hands-on pharmacy technician training. There's also the option for you to arrange an externship experience at a local pharmacy.

  • Walgreens
  • CVS

growth rate

Job opportunities

As the population continues to age and new medications are introduced, the U.S. Department of Labor projects pharmacy technician careers to grow 4% from 2020 – 2030****


Learn aseptic operations, transcriptions, apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, recordkeeping and more.


Professional certification may help you obtain work, improve pay, and advance professionally.


Fit your studies around your life as you progress at your own pace and make your education work for you.

Program instructors

Our faculty has extensive professional experience in their fields. They’re here to help you learn, grow and excel. VIEW ALL FACULTY MEMBERS

Thomas Frisco

Thomas Frisco

Director of Pharmacy Technician Programs

Thomas Frisco has nearly 30 years of experience in pharmacy including more than a decade as a specialist in pharmacy technician education. His background in retail pharmacy operations and hospital patient care has afforded him a deep understanding of U.S. Pharmacopeia regulations, medication management, dispensing and compounding, records management, aseptic technique and beyond; the training and practice of these is integral to the development and implementation of valuable career training programs for aspiring pharm techs. He is licensed as a Pharmacy Technician by the State of New York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree.

Frequently asked questions

You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

The general job responsibilities of a Pharmacy Technician includes counting and measuring doses of prescribed medications, packaging and labeling medications maintaining patient records, and compounding medications. To learn more about the daily responsibilities of a Pharmacy Tech check out our blog What is a pharmacy technician?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2020 a Certified Pharmacy Technician makes a median salary of $35,100. A Pharmacy Technicians salary will vary based on the company and industry that they work in.

Besides the fact that our accredited, online pharmacy tech program allows you to learn at your own pace in your own "classroom of one," our course is designed to prepare you to take the exam for two widely recognized industry certifications. Once passed, either certification will be a vital first step in starting your professional career.

All graduates keep access to their accounts on the Ashworth College Central Network, an online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. As a student, you will interact with the Ashworth College Central Network throughout your lessons to make you comfortable with the tools and prepare you to make a good impression on potential employers once you've graduated!

We allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to complete your Pharmacy Technician certification preparation course and graduate. Unlike many other pharmacy technician programs, Ashworth College lets you study at your own relaxed pace on a flexible study schedule. It's just one of the many benefits of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.

Related programs

In addition to our Pharmacy Technician career diploma, we offer a range of flexible online healthcare programs to help you advance in a challenging and fast-growing field.

Pharmacy technician externship requirements

To meet the requirements for graduation for your Pharmacy Technician program, you must complete 160 hours of an externship under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Ashworth College has established relationships with Walgreens and CVS pharmacies nationwide to provide potential opportunities to complete this externship for many of our students. Students who do not have reasonable access to a Walgreens or CVS facility, or students who may already be employed at a pharmacy other than Walgreens or CVS, may choose to arrange their own externship.

Program completion requirement

A student of the Pharmacy Technician program must attain the age of 18 years and have a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to graduation.

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Ashworth College has determined that the curriculum does not meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following states: District of Columbia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington.

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