Pharmacy Technician

Online Pharmacy Technician Training (Voucher Included)

There’s no shortage of pharmacies in need of skilled pharmacy technicians! This 100% online course will prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Certification exam and help you complete an externship with a leading pharmacy chain.

Excelsior took all of my credits. I was able to jump right into upper-level courses.

Kevin Feeley
BS in Electrical Engineering
HVCC Class of 2005

Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for pharmacy technicians will grow 12% through 2028 — that equates to over 30,000 new jobs!
  • The BLS notes that on average, pharmacy technicians earn an annual salary of $32,700. Top earners can make up to $47,000 per year.

Pharmacy Technician FAQs

Pharmacy technicians order and stock medications, prepare medications for distribution, and provide information to patients. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, their work must be approved by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed.

Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but most require certification, registration or licensure. Earning your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a valuable, industry recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.

This pharmacy technician course can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you spend in an externship program or preparing and sitting for state licensure.

As the population ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases rises, more pharmacy technicians will be needed in pharmacies and may even see themselves taking on greater responsibilities in their role.

Pharmacy Technician Objectives

  • Learn federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as well as the ethics of pharmacy practice.
  • Be fully prepared to sit for the National Certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Become eligible to apply for a 100+ hour externship at a national pharmacy chain.

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, the externship requires that you have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old. This course is 100% online. Start anytime.
You have 12 months of access to this course.


  • Orientation to Pharmacy

    History, foundations, and role of the pharmacy technician in today’s healthcare system

  • Pharmacy Law and Ethics

    Introduction to law, liability, and federal regulations of controlled substances

  • Pharmaceutical Calculations

    Basic, community, and institutional pharmacy math to calculate dosages and dilutions

  • Pharmacology

    The science of pharmacology, evolution of drugs, and administration of pharmacological agents

  • Communication Skills

    Verbal and non-verbal methods, HIPAA regulations

  • Insurance and Inventory Procedure

    Cost analysis, purchasing procedures, and record keeping

  • Lab Module

    Interactive lab for the retail and hospital settings

  • Clinical Rotations

    Virtual externship in the retail and hospital settings

  • Final Exam

    Final comprehensive exam to qualify for externship


Melissa Dunworth
Melissa Dunworth has been a certified pharmacy technician since 1997. Dunworth is registered with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Betty Stahl
Betty Stahl holds a doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University. Over the past several years, she has taught pharmacy technician programs at ASA College in New York City and ACT in Arlington, Virginia. Stahl has also worked as a pharmacist in independent and hospital settings.

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