Pharmacy tech graduates

Pharmacy Technician Training with Externship

The need for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2024. Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings. This high demand for pharmacy technicians is the result of a multitude of factors including the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians, and the aging population. Approximately 400,000 technicians will be employed by the year 2024 to meet our nation’s growing healthcare demands.

This comprehensive course will prepare learners to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Content includes pharmacy medical terminology, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining generic and brand names drugs and much more. This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the laws that govern pharmacy, whether federal or state mandated
  • Interpret physician orders and prescriptions
  • Prepare and explain the administration of medications
  • Define medical and pharmaceutical terms and common abbreviations
  • Explain the pharmacology of medications in relation to the anatomy affected
  • Process insurance billing and/or collect payments
  • Describe how advances in technology and research impacts pharmacy practice
  • Describe the commonly used drug reference resources including the major reason for use and the organization

Certification Opportunities

After completing this program, learners will have the opportunity to take the leading national/industry-recognized certification exam(s) essential to entry-level employment in this fast-growing field.

Note: On the day you take the certification exam, you will be required to read and sign a candidate attestation, which includes a declaration that you have received a high school diploma or GED certification by the application deadline for the exam and that you have never been convicted of a felony.

Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity

Learners who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study in order to gain valuable hands-on experience.  As learners progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note: Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.

Register for Health and Wellness information session on December 6 | 11 a.m. 
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Wanamaker Workforce and Economic Innovation Scholarship

This program is eligible for a Wanamaker Workforce and Economic Innovation Scholarship Opportunity.  Learn more about this competitive scholarship here. To be considered complete the application and submit your completed application packet.

Course Dates and Times

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Asynchronous Online,
6 month access

 $1,299 Register for This Course

Tuesday, Thursday

Feb. 1 - Mar. 29, 2022
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

(No class 3/8 & 3/10/22)

(3/24/22 class ends at 8 p.m.) 

(3/29/22 class ends at 7:30 p.m.)


Center for Business and Industry, C2-12

(Tuition: $1,375; Textbook: $150)
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Monday, Thursday

May 9 - Jun. 27, 2022
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

(No class 5/30/22)
(Last 2 classes ends at 9:30 p.m.)


Center for Business and Industry, C2-12

(Tuition: $1,375; Textbook: $150)
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 Course Hours: 50 Hours