Pharmacy technicians are entry-level healthcare professionals who assist pharmacists with filling prescriptions and serving customers in retail pharmacies, physicians’ offices and hospitals. While it is possible for those with a high school diploma to learn this position through on-the-job training, most employers prefer to hire candidates who have completed a one-year pharmacy technician certification program.

The demand for pharmacy techs (as they are often called) is projected to rise sharply in the coming years, making it an attractive option for those who are beginning their careers. The 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% increase in new jobs for pharmacy technicians through 2026.

What does a pharmacy tech do?

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist, and are responsible for performing a range of support tasks that help keep the pharmacy running smoothly. Although some employers may require additional responsibilities, the following list highlights the primary role of most pharmacy techs.

Typical pharmacy technician duties

  • Handle customer or patient phone calls and questions
  • Establish and maintain patient records
  • Assist pharmacist in filling prescriptions by measuring, packaging and labeling medications
  • Process payments for prescriptions and insurance claims
  • Manage all inventory in the pharmacy

 

What is the process to become a pharmacy technician?

The process for becoming a pharmacy technician can be summed-up in the following four steps.

  1. Decide if you want to become certified
  2. If you decide to become certified, enroll in a PTCA-accredited training program
  3. Complete pharmacy technician program and on-the-job training hours, as required by state
  4. Pass either the PTCE (PTCB) or ExCPT (NHA) Exam for certification

Step 1: Decide if you want to become certified

The first thing you’ll need to do is decide whether or not you want to become certified. Pharmacy technician certification is not a mandatory requirement for employment in every state, but it does offer a number of benefits and advantages.

Below, we’ll take a quick look at the pros and cons of both working as a non-certified technician, and earning your certification.

 

Working as a non-certified pharmacy technician

The boxes below illustrate the major pros and cons for working as a non-certified technician.

Pros

  • You can start working immediately after graduating from high school
  • Save money that would’ve been spent on a training program
  • No need to periodically re-test for certification

Cons

  • Some employers only hire certified technicians
  • Lower pay compared to certified peers
  • Less job security than certified peers
Becoming a certified pharmacy technician

The boxes below illustrate the major pros and cons for working as a non-certified technician.

Pros

  • Eligibility for hire with a greater number of employers
  • Higher starting pay than non-certified peers
  • Greater job security

Cons

  • Requires one year of training and study
  • Must pay for training and certification exam
  • Must periodically re-test for certification

Obviously, there are significant advantages to earning your pharmacy technician certification. Furthermore, a recent trend has seen a growing number of states make certification a requirement for employment.

With this being the case, it is strongly recommended that you pursue certification if you’re serious about starting a career in pharmacy. Should you decide not to become certified, you can skip the remaining steps and start looking for a job as soon as you graduate from high school.

Step 2: Enroll in PTAC-accredited training program

If you’ve decided to pursue your certification, the next step is to enroll in a pharmacy technician training program this is accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC). This body coordinates program curricula and standards with both the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to ensure standardized quality in national pharmacy tech programs.

What are the Best Accredited Pharmacy Tech Schools?

Below is our list of accredited schools that we feel are the best. We incorporate accreditation and nights and weekend classes in to our list.

School/Website Program Type Address

Access Careers Pharmacy Technician Program 474 Fulton Avenue, Suite 201, Hempstead, New York 11550-0000
Albany Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701
Allegany College of Maryland Pharmacy Technician Program 12401 Willowbrook Rd SE, Cumberland, Maryland 21502-2596
Allen County Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1801 N Cottonwood, Iola, Kansas 66749
All-State Career-Baltimore Pharmacy Technician Program 2200 Broening Hwy Ste 160, Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Amarillo College Pharmacy Technician Program 2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, Texas 79109
American Career College-Anaheim Pharmacy Technician Program 1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, California 92801-0000
American Career College-Los Angeles Pharmacy Technician Program 4021 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004
American Career College-Ontario Pharmacy Technician Program 3130 East Sedona Court, Ontario, California 91764
American College of Healthcare and Technology Pharmacy Technician Program 6606 Pacific Blvd Ste 204, Huntington Park, California 90255
American College of Healthcare and Technology Pharmacy Technician Program 11801 Pierce St., Suite 100, Riverside, California 92505
American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education Pharmacy Technician Program 4500 New Brunswick Ave, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
American National University Pharmacy Technician Program 1813 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153
American National University-Dayton Pharmacy Technician Program 1837 Woodman Center Dr, Kettering, Ohio 45420
American National University-Lexington Pharmacy Technician Program 2376 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, Kentucky 40509
American National University-Youngstown Pharmacy Technician Program 3487 Belmont Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44505
American University of Health Sciences Pharmacy Technician Program 1600 East Hill St, Signal Hill, California 90755-3612
Angelina College Pharmacy Technician Program 3500 South First, Lufkin, Texas 75902-1768
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 11200 Mississippi Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433-3470
Antilles School of Technical Careers Pharmacy Technician Program Calle Cayey # 1911, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909
Arapahoe Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, Colorado 80160-9002
Arkansas State University-Beebe Pharmacy Technician Program 1000 Iowa Street, Beebe, Arkansas 72012-1000
ASA College Pharmacy Technician Program 81 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-9805
Asher College Pharmacy Technician Program 1215 Howe Ave Suite 101, Sacramento, California 95825
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28801-4897
Atenas College Pharmacy Technician Program Paseo del Atenas #101, Manati, Puerto Rico 00674-0000
Atlanta Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Atlantic Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 4700 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida 33063-3902
Augusta Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 3200 Augusta Tech Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906
Austin Community College District Pharmacy Technician Program 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, Texas 78752
Ayers Career College Pharmacy Technician Program 8820 Jewella Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana 71118
Baker College Pharmacy Technician Program 1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program Pharmacy Technician Program 1501 Bon View Avenue, Ontario, California 91764-5500
Baton Rouge Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806
Bay Area Medical Academy Pharmacy Technician Program 530 Bush Street #201, San Francisco, California 94108-3623
Bossier Parish Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 6220 East Texas, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
Bristol Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395
Brookline College-Albuquerque Pharmacy Technician Program 4201 Central Ave NW-Ste J, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105
Brookline College-Phoenix Pharmacy Technician Program 2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Brookline College-Tempe Pharmacy Technician Program 1140-1150 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Brookline College-Tucson Pharmacy Technician Program 5441 E. 22nd St, Ste.125, Tucson, Arizona 85711
Broward College Pharmacy Technician Program 111 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
California Aeronautical University Pharmacy Technician Program 1450 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308
California Healing Arts College Pharmacy Technician Program 500 East Carson Plaza Drive, Suite 103, Carson, California 90746-7323
Career College of Northern Nevada Pharmacy Technician Program 1421 Pullman Dr., Sparks, Nevada 89434-7905
Carrington College-Albuquerque Pharmacy Technician Program 1001 Menaul Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107-1642
Carrington College-Boise Pharmacy Technician Program 1122 N. Liberty St., Boise, Idaho 83704-8742
Carrington College-Citrus Heights Pharmacy Technician Program 7301 Greenback Ln., Ste. A, Citrus Heights, California 95621
Carrington College-Las Vegas Pharmacy Technician Program 5740 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 140, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Carrington College-Mesa Pharmacy Technician Program 1001 W. Southern Ave., Ste. 130, Mesa, Arizona 85210
Carrington College-Phoenix East Pharmacy Technician Program 2149 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Carrington College-Phoenix North Pharmacy Technician Program 8503 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85051-4063
Carrington College-Pleasant Hill Pharmacy Technician Program 380 Civic Dr., Ste. 300, Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Carrington College-Pomona Pharmacy Technician Program 901 Corporate Center Dr., Ste. 300, Pomona, California 91768-2642
Carrington College-Portland Pharmacy Technician Program 2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Fl., Portland, Oregon 97232-1309
Carrington College-Sacramento Pharmacy Technician Program 8909 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California 95826
Carrington College-San Jose Pharmacy Technician Program 5883 Rue Ferrari, Ste. 125, San Jose, California 95138
Carrington College-San Leandro Pharmacy Technician Program 15555 East 14th St., Ste. 500, San Leandro, California 94578-1977
Carrington College-Spokane Pharmacy Technician Program 10102 E. Knox Ave., Ste. 200, Spokane, Washington 99206-4187
Carrington College-Stockton Pharmacy Technician Program 1313 West Robinhood Drive, Ste. B, Stockton, California 95207
Carrington College-Tucson Pharmacy Technician Program 201 N. Bonita Ave., Ste. 101, Tucson, Arizona 85745
Casper College Pharmacy Technician Program 125 College Drive, Casper, Wyoming 82601-4699
CBD College Pharmacy Technician Program 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Fourth Floor, Los Angeles, California 90010
CEM College-Bayamon Pharmacy Technician Program 25 Degetau St, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 00961
CEM College-Humacao Pharmacy Technician Program 8 Dr Vidal St, Humacao, Puerto Rico 00791-4210
CEM College-Mayaguez Pharmacy Technician Program Calle Cristy #56, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00680-0000
CEM College-San Juan Pharmacy Technician Program 1206 13th. Street Ext San Agustin, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926-1931
Central Arizona College Pharmacy Technician Program 8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128-9030
Central Carolina Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 506 N Guignard Dr, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-2499
Central Georgia Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Central Louisiana Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 4311 South MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302-3137
Central Ohio Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055-1767
Central Piedmont Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1201 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
Cerritos College Pharmacy Technician Program 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, California 90650-6298
Chaffey College Pharmacy Technician Program 5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737-3002
Charter College Pharmacy Technician Program 17200 S.E. Mill Plain Boulevard, Suite 100, Vancouver, Washington 98683-7575
Chattanooga State Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 4501 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37406-1097
Chemeketa Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, Oregon 97305
Cisco College Pharmacy Technician Program 101 College Heights, Cisco, Texas 76437
City College of San Francisco Pharmacy Technician Program 50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, California 94112-1898
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Pharmacy Technician Program 1145 W Wilson Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60640-6063
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Pharmacy Technician Program 7500 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60652-1299
Clark College Pharmacy Technician Program 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, Washington 98663-3598
College of DuPage Pharmacy Technician Program 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
College of Southern Nevada Pharmacy Technician Program 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Pharmacy Technician Program 9364 St Rt 45, Lisbon, Ohio 44432
Columbus State Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 550 E Spring St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 928 Manchester Expy, Columbus, Georgia 31904-6572
Community College of Beaver County Pharmacy Technician Program 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, Pennsylvania 15061-2588
Concorde Career College-Kansas City Pharmacy Technician Program 3239 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2407
Concorde Career College-Memphis Pharmacy Technician Program 5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 132, Memphis, Tennessee 38137-0132
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar Pharmacy Technician Program 10933 Marks Way, Miramar, Florida 33025
Concorde Career Institute-Orlando Pharmacy Technician Program 3444 McCrory Place, Orlando, Florida 32803
Concorde Career Institute-Tampa Pharmacy Technician Program 4202 W Spruce, Tampa, Florida 33607-4127
Coyne College Pharmacy Technician Program 1 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602-3304
Craven Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 800 College Ct, New Bern, North Carolina 28562-4900
Crowder College Pharmacy Technician Program 601 Laclede Ave, Neosho, Missouri 64850
CUNY Bronx Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, New York 10453
Cuyahoga Community College District Pharmacy Technician Program 700 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2878
Davidson County Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 297 DCCC Road, Thomasville, North Carolina 27360-7385
Davis Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 550 E 300 S, Kaysville, Utah 84037-2699
Daymar College-Bowling Green Pharmacy Technician Program 2421 Fitzgerald Industrial Dr., Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
Daymar College-Clarksville Pharmacy Technician Program 2691 Trenton Road, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040
Daymar College-Murfreesboro Pharmacy Technician Program 415 Golden Bear Court, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37128
Daymar College-Owensboro Pharmacy Technician Program 3361 Buckland Sq, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Del Mar College Pharmacy Technician Program 101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
Delgado Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Delta College Inc Pharmacy Technician Program 19231 N. 6th Street, Covington, Louisiana 70433-8947
Des Moines Area Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
Dewey University-Hato Rey Pharmacy Technician Program Barbosa Ave #427 3rd Floor – Malco Bldg, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00910
Dewey University-Manati Pharmacy Technician Program Road 604, Km. 49.1, Barrio Tierras Nuevas Saliente, Manati, Puerto Rico 00674-0000
Dixie Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 610 S. Tech Ridge Drive, Saint George, Utah 84770
Downey Adult School Pharmacy Technician Program 12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, California 90241
Durham Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, North Carolina 27703-5023
Eagle Gate College-Layton Pharmacy Technician Program 915 N 400 W, Layton, Utah 84041
Eagle Gate College-Murray Pharmacy Technician Program 5588 South Green Street, Murray, Utah 84123-6965
Eagle Rock College Pharmacy Technician Program 3450 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 600, Los Angeles, California 90010
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program Pharmacy Technician Program 1501 W Del Norte St., West Covina, California 91790
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 52 University Blvd, Roswell, New Mexico 88202-6000
Edmonds Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood, Washington 98036-5912
El Paso Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, Texas 79925
Emily Griffith Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203
Everest University-South Orlando Pharmacy Technician Program 9200 Soutpark Center Loop, Tampa, Florida 33610-7666
Fayetteville Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 2201 Hull Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303-0236
Flathead Valley Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, Montana 59901
Florida Career College-Orlando Pharmacy Technician Program 989 North Semoran Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32807-3528
Florida Career College-UEI College-Phoenix Pharmacy Technician Program 9215 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, Arizona 85021-2718
Florida Education Institute Pharmacy Technician Program 5818 SW 8th St, Miami, Florida 33144
Florida Gateway College Pharmacy Technician Program Highway 90 East, Lake City, Florida 32025-2007
Florida State College at Jacksonville Pharmacy Technician Program 501 W State St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Foothill College Pharmacy Technician Program 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, California 94022
Forsyth Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 2100 Silas Creek Pky, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103-5197
Fortis College Pharmacy Technician Program 7033 Airport Blvd., Mobile, Alabama 36608
Fortis College-Baton Rouge Pharmacy Technician Program 14111 Airline Hwy, Suite 101, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70817
Fortis College-Smyrna Pharmacy Technician Program 2140 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Georgia 30080-1348
Fortis Institute-Cookeville Pharmacy Technician Program 1025 Highway 111, Cookeville, Tennessee 38501-4305
Fortis Institute-Towson Pharmacy Technician Program 700 York Rd, Towson, Maryland 21204-9840
Four County Career Center Pharmacy Technician Program 22-900 State Rte 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502
Front Range Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, Colorado 80031
Galaxy Medical College Pharmacy Technician Program 6400 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Suite 115, North Hollywood, California 91606-1593
GateWay Community College-Central City Pharmacy Technician Program 1245 E Buckeye, Phoenix, Arizona 85034-4101
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Pharmacy Technician Program 801 Main St NW, Hanceville, Alabama 35077-2000
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161
Great Falls College Montana State University Pharmacy Technician Program 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Greenville Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, South Carolina 29606
Guilford Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 601 E. Main Street, Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
Gulf Coast State College Pharmacy Technician Program 5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, Florida 32401
Hagerstown Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 11400 Robinwood Dr, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-6514
Harris School of Business-Linwood Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 1201 New Road, Ste 226, Linwood, New Jersey 08221
Hawaii Medical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1221 Kapiolani Boulevard Ste. 644, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-3518
Henry Ford College Pharmacy Technician Program 5101 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1495
High Desert Medical College Pharmacy Technician Program 701 West Avenue K, Suite 123, Lancaster, California 93534-1134
Houston Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 3100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Hutchinson Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1300 N Plum St, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
Imperial Valley College Pharmacy Technician Program 380 E. Aten Road, Imperial, California 92251-0158
Indian River State College Pharmacy Technician Program 3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596
Institute of Technology Pharmacy Technician Program 564 W Herndon, Clovis, California 93612
Intellitec College-Grand Junction Pharmacy Technician Program 772 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas Pharmacy Technician Program Bo Helechal Highway 156 Intersection 719, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico 00794
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo Pharmacy Technician Program Calle Union-Batey Central Highway 195, Fajardo, Puerto Rico 00738-7003
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Guayama Pharmacy Technician Program Bo Machete Highway 744 Km 1.2, Guayama, Puerto Rico 00784
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro Pharmacy Technician Program Highway #1 Km 16 3 Corner Francisco Sein St, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German Pharmacy Technician Program Rd. 102 Km. 30.6, San German, Puerto Rico 00683
InterCoast Colleges-Fairfield Pharmacy Technician Program 2480 Hilborn Road Suite 100, Fairfield, California 94534-6085
InterCoast Colleges-Rancho Cordova Pharmacy Technician Program 9738 Lincoln Village Dr. Suite 120, Rancho Cordova, California 95827
Ivy Tech Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-5752
Jackson College Pharmacy Technician Program 2111 Emmons Rd, Jackson, Michigan 49201-8399
James A Rhodes State College Pharmacy Technician Program 4240 Campus Dr, Lima, Ohio 45804
Kirkwood Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
Kirtland Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 10775 N Saint Helen Road, Roscommon, Michigan 48653
Lakeshore Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, Wisconsin 53015-1414
Lamar Institute of Technology Pharmacy Technician Program 855 E Lavaca, Beaumont, Texas 77705
Lamar State College-Orange Pharmacy Technician Program 410 Front St, Orange, Texas 77630
Lanier Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 2535 Lanier Tech Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30507
Lansdale School of Business Pharmacy Technician Program 290 Wissahickon Avenue, North Wales, Pennsylvania 19454-4114
Lansing Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 419 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
Lawson State Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717
Lincoln Technical Institute-Allentown Pharmacy Technician Program 5151 Tilghman St, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104-9889
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lincoln Pharmacy Technician Program 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lowell Pharmacy Technician Program 211 Plain St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Lincoln Trail College Pharmacy Technician Program 11220 State Hwy 1, Robinson, Illinois 62454
Lone Star College System Pharmacy Technician Program 5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381-4399
Lower Columbia College Pharmacy Technician Program 1600 Maple Street, Longview, Washington 98632-0310
Madison Media Institute-Rockford Career College Pharmacy Technician Program 1130 South Alpine Road, Rockford, Illinois 61108
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Pharmacy Technician Program 7300 N Palmyra Rd, Canfield, Ohio 44406-9710
Manatee Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 6305 State Rd 70 East, Bradenton, Florida 34203
Manhattan Institute Pharmacy Technician Program 45 West 34th Street, New York, New York 10001
Marion Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1467 Mount Vernon Ave, Marion, Ohio 43302-5694
Martinsburg College Pharmacy Technician Program 341 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-6204
Marygrove College Pharmacy Technician Program 8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, Michigan 48221-2599
Medical Institute of Palm Beach Pharmacy Technician Program 5821B Lake Worth Rd, Greenacres, Florida 33463
Medical Training College Pharmacy Technician Program 10525 Plaza Americana Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816-5820
Mercer County Technical Education Center Pharmacy Technician Program 1397 Stafford Dr, Princeton, West Virginia 24740
Meridian Technology Center Pharmacy Technician Program 1312 S Sangre Rd, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074-1899
Miami Dade College Pharmacy Technician Program 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132-2204
Mid Michigan College Pharmacy Technician Program 1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
Midlands Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-2176
Midstate College Pharmacy Technician Program 411 W Northmoor Road, Peoria, Illinois 61614-3595
Midwest Institute Pharmacy Technician Program 2 Soccer Park Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026
Midwest Technical Institute-East Peoria Pharmacy Technician Program 280 High Point Ln, East Peoria, Illinois 61611
Midwest Technical Institute-Moline Pharmacy Technician Program 3620 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, Illinois 61265-4421
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield Pharmacy Technician Program 2731 Farmers Market Road, Springfield, Illinois 62707
Milan Institute-Amarillo Pharmacy Technician Program 7001 I-40 West, Amarillo, Texas 79106
Milan Institute-Boise Pharmacy Technician Program 9050 W. Overland Rd. Suite 200, Boise, Idaho 83709
Milan Institute-Las Vegas Pharmacy Technician Program 710 South Tonopah Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106-4031
Milan Institute-Sparks Pharmacy Technician Program 950 Industrial Way, Sparks, Nevada 89431
Milwaukee Area Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 700 W State St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233-1443
Mineral Area College Pharmacy Technician Program 5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills, Missouri 63601-1000
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
Monroe College Pharmacy Technician Program 2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, New York 10468
Mountainland Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 2301 West Ashton Blvd., Lehi, Utah 84043
Mountwest Community and Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program One Mountwest Way, Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Nashville College of Medical Careers Pharmacy Technician Program 1556 Crestview Dr, Madison, Tennessee 37115-2120
National American University-Austin Pharmacy Technician Program 13801 Burnet Road, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78727-1208
National American University-Bellevue Pharmacy Technician Program 3604 Summit Plaza Drive, Bellevue, Nebraska 68123-1065
National American University-Bloomington Pharmacy Technician Program 7801 Metro Parkway, Suite 200, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425-5550
National American University-Brooklyn Center Pharmacy Technician Program 6200 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 130, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430-4100
National American University-Burnsville Pharmacy Technician Program 501 West Travelers Trail, Burnsville, Minnesota 55337-2548
National American University-Independence Pharmacy Technician Program 3620 Arrowhead Avenue, Independence, Missouri 64057-1791
National American University-Lee’s Summit Pharmacy Technician Program 401 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081-1425
National American University-Roseville Pharmacy Technician Program 1550 West Highway 36, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4035
National American University-Sioux Falls Pharmacy Technician Program 5801 South Corporate Place, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108-4293
National American University-Zona Rosa Pharmacy Technician Program 7490 North West 87th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64153-1934
National College-Nashville Pharmacy Technician Program 1638 Bell Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37211
National University College Pharmacy Technician Program Carr. #2 Edificio National College Plaza, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960
Navarro College Pharmacy Technician Program 3200 W 7th Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110
New Horizons Medical Institute Pharmacy Technician Program 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd Suite J, Norcross, Georgia 30071
North Central State College Pharmacy Technician Program 2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, Ohio 44901-0698
North Idaho College Pharmacy Technician Program 1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2199
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54307-9042
Northshore Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 65556 Centerpoint Blvd., Lacombe, Louisiana 70445
Northwest Career College Pharmacy Technician Program 7398 Smoke Ranch Road, Ste 100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
Northwest Educational Center Pharmacy Technician Program 2910 Antoine B-100, Houston, Texas 77092
Northwest Suburban College Pharmacy Technician Program 5999 S. New Wilke Road, Rollng Meadows, Illinois 60008-4504
Northwest Vista College Pharmacy Technician Program 3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78251
O C Collins Career Center Pharmacy Technician Program 11627 State Rte 243, Chesapeake, Ohio 45619-0000
Oakton Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1600 E Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-1268
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 1189 Deepstep Rd, Sandersville, Georgia 31082
Odessa College Pharmacy Technician Program 201 W University Blvd, Odessa, Texas 79764
Ogden-Weber Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 200 N Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah 84404-4089
Ogeechee Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Opportunities Industrialization Center Pharmacy Technician Program 120 Jackson St, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554
Orange Technical College-Winter Park Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 901 W. Webster Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789-3049
Pasco-Hernando State College Pharmacy Technician Program 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5199
Penn Commercial Business/Technical School Pharmacy Technician Program 242 Oak Spring Road, Washington, Pennsylvania 15301-6822
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 101 Community College Way, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904-2949
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Pharmacy Technician Program 800 Manchester Ave, Media, Pennsylvania 19063-4098
Pensacola State College Pharmacy Technician Program 1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District Pharmacy Technician Program 1410 Industrial Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-1038
Pickens Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9307
Piedmont Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 620 North Emerald Road, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646
Pikes Peak Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498
Pima Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City Pharmacy Technician Program 10301 Hickman Mills Dr., Kansas City, Missouri 64137-1659
Pioneer Pacific College Pharmacy Technician Program 27375 SW Parkway Ave, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-9296
Pittsburgh Career Institute Pharmacy Technician Program 421 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219-1907
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Charleston Pharmacy Technician Program 8085 Rivers Ave., Ste E, Charleston, South Carolina 29418
Platt College-Miller-Motte Technical-Conway Pharmacy Technician Program 2451 East Highway 501, Conway, South Carolina 29526-9508
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Cary Pharmacy Technician Program 2205 Walnut Street, Cary, North Carolina 27518-7171
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Fayetteville Pharmacy Technician Program 3725 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Jacksonville Pharmacy Technician Program 1291 Hargett Street, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540-5901
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Raleigh Pharmacy Technician Program 3901 Capital Blvd Ste 151, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-6072
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Wilmington Pharmacy Technician Program 5000 Market Street, Wilmington, North Carolina 28405
Ponce Paramedical College Inc Pharmacy Technician Program 1213 Acacia Street Villa Flores Urb, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00716-2901
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Pharmacy Technician Program 482 Sur Calle Ramon Emerito Betances, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00680-1713
Professional Skills Institute Pharmacy Technician Program 1505 Holland Road, Maumee, Ohio 43537
Provo College Pharmacy Technician Program 1450 W 820 N, Provo, Utah 84601
Pueblo Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81004-1499
Quinsigamond Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01606-2092
Rasmussen College-Florida Pharmacy Technician Program 4755 Southwest 46th Court, Ocala, Florida 34474-6226
Rasmussen College-Illinois Pharmacy Technician Program 6000 East State Street, 4th Floor, Rockford, Illinois 61108-2513
Rasmussen College-Kansas Pharmacy Technician Program 620 SW Governor View, Topeka, Kansas 66606
Rasmussen College-Minnesota Pharmacy Technician Program 226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713
Rasmussen College-Wisconsin Pharmacy Technician Program 904 South Taylor Street, Suite 100, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54303-2349
Regional Center for Border Health Pharmacy Technician Program 950 E. Main St Building A, Somerton, Arizona 85350
Remington College-Cleveland Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 14445 Broadway Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44125-1957
Remington College-Columbia Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 607 Bush River Rd, Columbia, South Carolina 29210
Remington College-Dallas Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 1800 Eastgate Dr, Garland, Texas 75041
Remington College-Fort Worth Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 300 E. Loop 820, Fort Worth, Texas 76112-1225
Remington College-Houston Southeast Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 20985 Interstate 45 South, Webster, Texas 77598
Remington College-Lafayette Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 303 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508
Remington College-Memphis Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 2710 Nonconnah Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee 38132
Remington College-Mobile Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 828 Downtowner Loop W, Mobile, Alabama 36609
Remington College-Nashville Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 441 Donelson Pk Ste 150, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Remington College-North Houston Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 11310 Greens Crossing Blvd, Ste 300, Houston, Texas 77067
Remington College-Shreveport Campus Pharmacy Technician Program 2106 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
Rend Lake College Pharmacy Technician Program 468 N Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, Illinois 62846
Renton Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123
Richland Community College Pharmacy Technician Program One College Park, Decatur, Illinois 62521-8512
Rio Grande Valley College Pharmacy Technician Program 5419 North Cage Boulevard, Pharr, Texas 78577-2106
Riverland Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, Minnesota 55912-1473
Roane State Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee 37748
Robert Morris University Illinois Pharmacy Technician Program 401 S State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Rogue Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 3345 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass, Oregon 97527-9291
Saint Paul College Pharmacy Technician Program 235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808
Salem Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 460 Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point, New Jersey 08069-2799
San Antonio College Pharmacy Technician Program 1819 N. Main Ave.,, San Antonio, Texas 78212-3941
San Bernardino Valley College Pharmacy Technician Program 701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, California 92410-2798
San Jacinto Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 8060 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, Texas 77505
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Pharmacy Technician Program 8344 W Mineral King Ave, Visalia, California 93291-9283
Santa Ana College Pharmacy Technician Program 1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, California 92706-3398
Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield Pharmacy Technician Program 5300 California Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93309
Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria Pharmacy Technician Program 303 E Plaza Dr Ste 1, Santa Maria, California 93454
Santa Rosa Junior College Pharmacy Technician Program 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395
Scioto County Career Technical Center Pharmacy Technician Program 951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, Ohio 45648-0766
Seminole State College of Florida Pharmacy Technician Program 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32773-6199
Somerset Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 808 Monticello Street, Somerset, Kentucky 42501-2973
South Louisiana Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506-4109
South Mountain Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, Arizona 85042
South Texas College Pharmacy Technician Program 3201 W Pecan, McAllen, Texas 78502-9701
Southeast Technical Institute Pharmacy Technician Program 2320 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107-1301
Southeastern College-West Palm Beach Pharmacy Technician Program 1756 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
Southeastern Institute-Charleston Pharmacy Technician Program 2431 Aviation Avenue, Suite 703, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406
Southeastern Institute-Charlotte Pharmacy Technician Program 5250 Seventy-Seven Center Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
Southeastern Institute-Columbia Pharmacy Technician Program 1628 Browning Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29210
Southeastern Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 3001 E First St, Vidalia, Georgia 30474
Southern Careers Institute-Austin Pharmacy Technician Program 1701 W Ben White Blvd, Ste 100, Austin, Texas 78744
Southern Careers Institute-Corpus Christi Pharmacy Technician Program 2422 Airline Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78414
Southern Careers Institute-Pharr Pharmacy Technician Program 1500 N. Jackson Rd, Pharr, Texas 78577
Southern Careers Institute-San Antonio Pharmacy Technician Program 6963 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78238-4114
Southern Careers Institute-San Antonio Pharmacy Technician Program 238 SW Military Drive, Suite 101, San Antonio, Texas 78221
Southern Crescent Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 501 Varsity Rd, Griffin, Georgia 30223-2042
Southern State Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133-9406
Southwest Tennessee Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 737 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Spartanburg Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 107 Community College Drive, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303
Spokane Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
St Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton Pharmacy Technician Program 1297 North Highway Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026
St Louis College of Health Careers-St Louis Pharmacy Technician Program 909 South Taylor Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
Stanly Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 141 College Drive, Albemarle, North Carolina 28001
State Fair Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 3201 W 16th Street, Sedalia, Missouri 65301-2199
Stratford University Pharmacy Technician Program 3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 500, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Sullivan University Pharmacy Technician Program 3101 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40205-3013
Tallahassee Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens Pharmacy Technician Program 1635 Technology Way, Athens, Tennessee 37371-0848
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro Pharmacy Technician Program 1303 Old Fort Pky, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129-3311
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski Pharmacy Technician Program 1233 E College St, Pulaski, Tennessee 38478-0614
Texarkana College Pharmacy Technician Program 2500 N Robison Rd, Texarkana, Texas 75599
Treasure Coast Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 4680 28th Court, Vero Beach, Florida 32967-3527
Trident Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
Tulsa Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 6111 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-6198
Tulsa Technology Center Pharmacy Technician Program 3420 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
UEI College-Bakersfield Pharmacy Technician Program 3737 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield, California 93308-0000
UEI College-Fresno Pharmacy Technician Program 3602 N. Blackstone, Suite 0268, Fresno, California 93726
UEI College-Gardena Pharmacy Technician Program 661 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Gardena, California 90247
UEI College-Riverside Pharmacy Technician Program 1860 University Avenue, Riverside, California 92507-5344
Unitech Training Academy-Alexandria Pharmacy Technician Program 7228 England Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Unitech Training Academy-Baton Rouge Pharmacy Technician Program 10551 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816-4040
Unitech Training Academy-Houma Pharmacy Technician Program 6007 West Park Avenue, Houma, Louisiana 70364
Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette Pharmacy Technician Program 3253 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles Pharmacy Technician Program 2827 4th Avenue, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601-7887
Unitech Training Academy-Metairie Pharmacy Technician Program 6660 Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Metairie, Louisiana 70003-0000
Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe Pharmacy Technician Program 111 Crosley Street, Suite 4, West Monroe, Louisiana 71291
United Education Institute-Encino Pharmacy Technician Program 5445 Balboa Boulevard, Encino, California 91316-1951
United Education Institute-UEI College San Marcos Pharmacy Technician Program 2085 Montiel Road, San Marcos, California 92069-3587
United Education Institute-UEI College Stockton Pharmacy Technician Program 4994 Claremont Avenue, Stockton, California 95207-0000
United Education Institute-West Covina Pharmacy Technician Program 339 N. Azusa Avenue, West Covina, California 91731-2806
Unitek College Pharmacy Technician Program 4670 Auto Mall Pkwy, Fremont, California 94538
University of Antelope Valley Pharmacy Technician Program 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster, California 93534
University of Phoenix-Arizona Pharmacy Technician Program 1625 West Fountainhead Parkway, Tempe, Arizona 85282
Vance-Granville Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 200 Community College Road, Henderson, North Carolina 27537
Vincennes University Pharmacy Technician Program 1002 N First St, Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Wake Technical Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-5696
Walters State Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, Tennessee 37813-6899
Warren County Career Center Pharmacy Technician Program 3525 North State Route 48, Lebanon, Ohio 45036-1099
Washington County Career Center-Adult Technical Training Pharmacy Technician Program 21740 St. Rt. 676, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Washington State Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, Ohio 45750
Washtenaw Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
Wayne Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, North Carolina 27534-8002
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, Kentucky 42002-7380
West Los Angeles College Pharmacy Technician Program 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, California 90230-3519
West Virginia University at Parkersburg Pharmacy Technician Program 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26104
Western Iowa Tech Community College Pharmacy Technician Program 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
Western Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
William T McFatter Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 6500 Nova Drive, Davie, Florida 33317
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929
Yakima Valley College Pharmacy Technician Program South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
Yavapai College Pharmacy Technician Program 1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, Arizona 86301
York Technical College Pharmacy Technician Program 452 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
YTI Career Institute-York Pharmacy Technician Program 1405 Williams Road, York, Pennsylvania 17402

What is PTAC accreditation?

It is absolutely vital that you graduate from a program accredited by the PTAC, as only those students who have completed an approved training course are eligible to sit for one of the national certification exams.

About online pharmacy tech programs

In order to better accommodate students who work or have other responsibilities that make attending class a challenge, many schools offer online pharmacy tech programs. These programs are also ideal for those who do not live close to an institution that offers pharmacy technician training.

While it is possible to complete the academic portion of a program online, it will still be necessary to complete the hands-on training portion in-person at a specified location.

Step 3: Complete training program and required hands-on training hours

After finding an accredited program that satisfies your needs, the next step is to complete it. The academic portion can usually be completed in one year or less, but completing the necessary hands-on training hours (sometimes referred to as an “externship”) at an actual pharmacy can sometimes take longer.

The academic portion of your training will likely cover all of the theory and procedural-type stuff that will be included on the certification exam. The externship, on the other hand, will give you the opportunity to put what you learn into practice in a live, professional setting.

Step 4: Pass the PTCE or ExCPT Certification Exam

There are two nationally-recognized pharmacy technician certification exams – the PTCE and ExCPT. Once you’ve graduated from a PTAC-accredited program, you’ll become eligible to sit for either one of them. A passing score on either exam will award you with the title Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

The following is a quick breakdown of the two different exams.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

Offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, or PTCE as it is commonly called, is a multiple choice exam recognized in all 50 states. The PTCE consists of 90 questions administered in a one-hour, 50-minute timed format. Candidates who successfully pass the exam receive the title Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

To become eligible to sit for this exam, a candidate must have either:

  1. Graduated from a PTAC-accredited pharmacy technician program, or
  2. Acquired equivalent work experience as a pharmacy tech

Content covered on the exam is broken down into four different sections. They are:

  • Medications (names, drug interactions, proper storage, etc.)
  • Federal Requirements (handling and disposal, controlled substances, etc.)
  • Patient Safety and Quality Assurance (hygiene and cleaning standards, procedures, etc.)
  • Order Entry and Processing (formulas and calculations, equipment and supplies, etc.)

ExCPT Exam

Sponsored by the National Healthcare Association (NHA), the ExCPT Exam also awards the nationally-recognized title Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) to candidates who receive a passing score. This multiple choice exam features 100 multiple choice questions, given in a two-hour, 10-minute timed format.

Eligibility for this exam also depends on the candidate having either:

  1. Graduated from a PTAC-accredited pharmacy technician program, or
  2. Acquired equivalent work experience as a pharmacy tech

Material included on this exam is organized into four distinct sections. These sections are:

  • Overview and Laws (laws and regulations, role and general duties of pharmacy tech)
  • Drugs and Drug Therapy (drug classification and frequently prescribed medications)
  • Dispensing Process (prescription and medication intake, dispensing prescriptions, etc.)
  • Medication Safety and Quality Assurance

How much does a pharmacy technician make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a pharmacy technician in the United States was $31,750 as of May 2017. The following table reflects the fact that this number can vary considerably depending on which state you work in, however.

Pharmacy technician salary by state

State Hourly Wage Annual Salary

Alabama $12.83 $26,678
Alaska $14.18 $29,500
Arizona $13.94 $28,985
Arkansas $12.28 $25,537
California $14.30 $29,738
Colorado $13.39 $27,858
Connecticut $13.89 $28,898
Delaware $13.79 $28,679
Florida $11.88 $24,713
Georgia $12.85 $26,726
Hawaii $14.16 $29,457
Idaho $14.18 $29,500
Illinois $12.29 $25,560
Indiana $13.16 $27,376
Iowa $13.44 $27,948
Kansas $13.32 $27,698
Kentucky $13.30 $27,662
Louisiana $13.43 $27,929
Maine $12.34 $25,667
Maryland $14.49 $30,148
Massachusetts $15.40 $32,031
Michigan $12.44 $25,877
Minnesota $13.49 $28,054
Mississippi $12.63 $26,263
Missouri $12.27 $25,527
Montana $14.18 $29,500
Nebraska $14.07 $29,263
Nevada $14.18 $29,500
New Hampshire $13.75 $28,597
New Jersey $13.26 $27,586
New Mexico $12.74 $26,508
New York $15.47 $32,179
North Carolina $11.18 $23,252
North Dakota $14.18 $29,500
Ohio $13.04 $27,130
Oklahoma $13.16 $27,365
Oregon $13.41 $27,902
Pennsylvania $13.47 $28,013
Rhode Island $13.84 $28,794
South Carolina $13.34 $27,739
South Dakota $13.06 $27,171
Tennessee $13.27 $27,605
Texas $12.71 $26,434
Utah $13.08 $27,203
Vermont $14.21 $29,566
Virginia $13.91 $28,923
Washington $14.05 $29,215
West Virginia $14.14 $29,408
Wisconsin $12.86 $26,751
Wyoming $14.18 $29,500

Source: www.bls.gov

Salary by employer type

Hospitals $36,710
General Stores $31,320
Food/Beverage Stores$29,860
Pharmacies/Drug stores$29,500
Source: www.bls.gov

What is the job outlook for pharmacy techs?

As mentioned earlier the job outlook is amazing at a 12% expected growth over the next decade!! The time could not be any better for pharmacy technicians!

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