Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Our 196-hour program offers both theoretical and practical training. With successful classroom participation, you will complete a 60-hour externship in a retail pharmacy, as well as two, 8-hour shifts in an acute/hospital pharmacy. Please plan for some flexibility for the required 76 hours of externship. The hours of participation are established in conjunction with the hosting pharmacy. Hours and days will vary. After the externship, you return to the classroom for final exams. Upon completion of the program, you will take the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) exam.

Program to Include

  • History & Foundation
  • Legal & Ethical Considerations
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Safety & Standards
  • Memorizing Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Environments
  • 76  hour Externship
  • PTCB Exam Review 

Requirements for Enrollment

  • High School Diploma or HiSET
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based PC and Microsoft Office

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Arranged after Enrollment

  • Background Check (no criminal offense within the last seven years)
  • Technician Trainee registration, completed in class.

Cost $1695 

Includes books, handouts, Technician Trainee registration, background check and PTCB National Exam.
Pre-registration is required and payment is due at time of registration.  


Cindy Burbank has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) through the PTCB since 1997.  She has nearly 30 years of working in the pharmacy industry and has worked in all aspects, ranging from mail order to clinical pharmacies.

Career and Salary Information

Pharmacy technicians perform pharmacy-related functions, working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They are employed in a wide variety of practice settings, including community settings such as a chain or independent pharmacies, hospitals, home health care, long term care, nuclear pharmacy, and managed health care facilities. According to EMSI, pharmacy technician careers are expected to grow 16% through 2025, and the expected starting wage is $12-$14 per hour.