Pharmacy Technician Training

Certification Training and Exam Package

Online Pharmacy Technician programs are popular because the field is booming. Get ready now with our all-inclusive and affordable Pharmacy Technician training. Ashworth College's online Pharmacy Technician training program helps prepare you for 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). Nationally recognized certification of your skills can be an important part of career development and may help you obtain work, improve pay, and advance professionally. Ashworth College career school currently also partners with Walgreens and CVS/pharmacy to provide you with hands-on training in a community pharmacy environment. Start today and graduate in as few as 4 months.

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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 Healthcareers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied healthcareers 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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Why choose Ashworth College for your Pharmacy Technician Training?

  • Our Pharmacy Technician Training course is a great value because we include everything you need to succeed: personal mentoring by a CPhT; on the-job training in a pharmacy externship; the National Healthcareer Association ExCPT exam or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board PTCE exam. We cover your exam fee!
  • Your pharmacy tech training course prepares you to take 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).
  • You'll receive hands-on pharmacy technician training during your externship. Ashworth College has partnered with CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens pharmacies nationwide to provide you with potential opportunities to complete your pharmacy technician externship, but you're also able to arrange your own externship experience at another local pharmacy you choose.
  • You'll receive up-to-date ASHP-aligned textbooks that offer sound technician practice and valuable reference material on the most commonly prescribed drugs, the top drugs administered in hospitals, and common pharmacy abbreviations and acronyms.
  • Your online training course includes a detailed pharmacy technician certification preparation booklet to assess your level of readiness to take your certification exam. You'll review worked examples of realistic sample questions and have the opportunity to take a customized practice test. After graduation, you'll receive fully interactive test prep resources provided by either NHA or PTCB to help you build your skills and pass the certification exam with confidence.
  • Your pharmacy tech course includes numerous virtual field trips to reinforce advanced concepts and enhance your multimedia experience.

Pharmacy Technician Certification

Ashworth College partners with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) to provide you with a valuable opportunity for professional certification.


What you should know about NHA Certification

  • NHA has certified more than 450,000 allied health professionals in the last 25 years.
  • When you pass the ExCPT exam, you'll earn the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician and can use the designation CPhT after your name. The CPhT distinction is often recognized by employers and can help start or enhance a career in many pharmacy settings. NHA's ExCPT exam is a customized, well-rounded assessment of the most common procedures you'll perform daily in your community pharmacy, with heavy focus on prescription analysis and preparation, dispensing procedures, and privacy and security laws and regulations.
  • The ExCPT exam is administered at hundreds of locations nationwide to make your exam experience convenient and stress-free. NHA also provides thorough pharmacy technician certification preparation options that feature online practice drills, review questions, case studies to help you evaluate your level of readiness for certification.

What you should know about PTCB Certification

  • PTCB has certified more than 500,000 pharmacy technicians in the United States.
  • PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety. The PTCB certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
  • The Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential from PTCB provides you with validated achievement and knowledge, and may lead to improved employment opportunities, potential for higher salary, career growth, and prestige among coworkers.
  • The PTCE is administered at more than 350 Pearson Professional Centers and military test centers nationwide.

Externship Program

To meet the requirements for graduation for your Pharmacy Technician program, you must complete 120 hours of 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.

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.

Our Pharmacy Technician Online Course

As part of Ashworth College's Pharmacy Technician training online, you'll learn how to accurately perform the standard techniques and operating procedures required in the pharmacy setting, including aseptic operations, medication transcriptions, metric/apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, recordkeeping, and patient profiling.

Employers are looking for certified pharmacy technicians who can:

  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels
  • Answer telephones and accurately respond to questions or requests
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information

Ashworth College Student Reviews

"I'm proud to be a graduate. I highly recommend Ashworth to everybody."
– Susan Neubach, Student

"I'm so proud of what I have achieved and the confidence that I have now. I'm just delighted to be a graduate!"
– Jessie Schmid, Student

"I love Ashworth College because I don't have to take student loans to pay my school fees. It is affordable and you can study at your own time."
– Michell Oberly, Student

"My family is very proud that I chose this program and that I'm graduating. I'm very happy!"
– Ruth Aliednego, Student

Your Pharmacy Technician Course Includes:

  • ASHP Model Curriculum-aligned pharmacy and pharmacology textbooks with interactive CD-ROMs and pocket drug guide
  • Academic and career mentoring from a Certified Pharmacy Technician
  • 120-hour pharmacy externship*
  • Personalized career guidance
  • Proctored ExCPT exam* delivered by the National Healthcareer Association – including interactive test prep resources, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $180 value)
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    PTCE exam* delivered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board – including practice exam, plus certificate and wallet card if passed (Total $183 value)
  • Career diploma at graduation; you may participate in our live commencement ceremony

What certifications are available for the Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma Program?

Ashworth College online Pharmacy Technician program graduates are eligible to sit for the ExCPT certification exam administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the PTCE certification exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Does Ashworth College help students secure externship sites?

Ashworth College has established relationships with Walgreens and CVS/pharmacies nationwide to provide potential opportunities to complete the 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. Ashworth College provides detailed instruction on the selection, approval, and requirements of externship sites during the program.

What features should I look for in the Ashworth College Pharmacy Technician training course compared to other schools' programs?

It's important that the program you choose covers all of the material necessary to prepare you for both the NHA and PTCB certification exams. Look for a pharmacy tech program that has lesson content that's focused standard techniques and procedures required of pharmacy technicians-aseptic technique, pharmacy operation, medication transcription, metric/apothecary conversion, drug dispensation, recordkeeping, and patient profiling. You'll also want a program that thoroughly covers drug classification, indications, therapeutic effects, side effects, dosing recommendations, routes of administration, and mechanisms of action. Make sure your program includes a convenient opportunity to complete an externship experience at a local pharmacy of your choosing. A well-rounded program provides you with practice interacting with pharmacists, customers, and business associates in a professional setting.

Is this course all online or do I get books?

All pharmacy technician course textbooks and software are shipped to the student at the appropriate point in their studies. Learning guides are available online and as printed booklets.

Ashworth College offers one of the best values in online Pharmacy Tech programs nationwide. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.

*(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.