Pharmacy Technician

Prepare to Earn National Certification and Succeed as a Pharmacy Technician

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Choose our training for:

  • Online flexibility and comprehensive training – Enjoy the flexibility of studying on your own schedule with the confidence of knowing you're gaining all of the skills you need to succeed.
  • National certification preparation – Graduate with the skills you need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCE) and prove you have the skills employers need.
  • Externships with community pharmacies – Our students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and help fulfill their externship requirements through a community pharmacy in their local area like Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy.

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Pharmacy Technician FAQs

Pharmacy technicians work in community or institutional facilities and assist pharmacists in formulating, labeling, and dispensing medications. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 70% of pharmacy technicians work in a retail setting and about 13% work in hospitals. The pharmacy technician field is a part of the growing healthcare industry, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects:
  • An expanding job market as the field is predicted to grow by 9%, or over 35,000 new jobs, before 2024.
  • High demand and good job prospects for pharmacy technicians with formal training or certification.
  • A growing number of professionals needed in the field to meet the high demand for prescriptions fueled by an aging population and continued scientific advances.
The U.S. Department of Labor report states that the middle 50% of pharmacy technicians nationwide earn between $24,760 and $37,280 annually. You may also qualify for benefits as a pharmacy technician. The Career Step Pharmacy Technician program (ASHP) prepares students for the national certification exam after graduation, which increases earning potential, marketability, and flexibility. Career Step graduates are prepared for national certification offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Although certification is not required in all states, certified pharmacy technicians enjoy increased pay, greater marketability, and more flexibility to choose from a wider variety of positions or geographies.

To determine whether your state of residency requires national certification, please refer to your state board of pharmacy's website or our State Requirements pdf.

Career Step has been training quality healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers a comprehensive training program that prepares students to work as pharmacy technicians. You will study online, on your own schedule and at your own pace, and with Career Step you know you're getting the right education; the personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your education into a job. You'll simultaneously train to work in both community and institutional settings and will be prepared to sit for the national certification exam immediately after graduation. Career Step's Pharmacy Technician program (ASHP), which is pending ASHP accreditation, also has externship partnerships with community pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy, which help students fulfill their externship requirements in their local areas. In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED). There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program. The Career Step program is comprised of online and experiential training, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into online modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a pharmacy technician. It also includes a hands-on lab experience as well as an externship at a community pharmacy such as Walgreens or CVS Pharmacy. The final exam of the course is designed to provide an experience similar to that of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam, ensuring that you are as prepared as possible to sit for national certification immediately upon graduation. Career Step student support includes access to:
  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.
Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.
It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days. The lab kit will be shipped after you have completed the Pharmaceutical Calculations module. The Career Step Pharmacy Technician training program is 600 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to complete their training program in as little as 4 months (working on the course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can devote about 15 hours a week may finish in about 10 months).

Every student who enrolls in a Career Step training program receives an initial 12-month period of enrollment. Though the program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, you'll have a full 12 months to complete your training. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 12-month enrollment, 4-month extensions are available for purchase.

Career Step has partnered with community pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy to help our students fulfill their externship requirements in their local areas. After students reach a certain point in the training program, they will be eligible for an externship, which is subject to local availability. Students can begin their externships prior to graduation, providing the opportunity for them to cement the skills they're learning in the course and smoothing the transition from classroom to workplace. Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in medical coding and billing. Your enrollment includes:
  • Access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete library of industry standard codebooks
  • Access to 3M encoding software
  • Online access to the 3M reference library (includes over $1500 worth of references)
  • Technical support