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Pharmacy Technician training & certification prep online

If you want to grow your career in a fast-growing field, our online Pharmacy Technician training 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.

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).*

NHA PTCB

What you get

  • Customized course modules and learning guides, laboratory simulations, and certification preparation materials
  • 160-hour pharmacy externship
  • Academic and career mentoring from a Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • Costs covered for proctored ExCPT exam* delivered by the NHA ($180 value) or PTCE exam* delivered by the PTCB ($183 value)
  • Personalized career guidance

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
12%

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 12% by 2026.**

PRACTICAL
EXPERTISE

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

EXCPT AND
PTCE PREP

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

FLEXIBLE
ONLINE LEARNING

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

Program faculty

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

Sherrie Moore

Director of Pharmacy Technician Program

Sherrie worked in retail pharmacy operations, as well as with hospitals and patient care, before moving into pharmacy education in 2010. She taught full-time and worked with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to develop an accredited pharmacy technician program at Everest College. She then served as their Acting Pharmacy Technician Program Chair before coming to the Madison School of Healthcare. Sherrie earned her Doctor of Pharmacy at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California.

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.

Besides the fact that our 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.

Yes! All students in our online pharmacy tech program receive personalized career assistance. We'll help you create an impactful resume, prepare for interviews, and explore job opportunities that may be available in your area.

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.

Externship program 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.

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