The pharmacy technician in Florida is an entry-level healthcare worker who helps the pharmacist in various day-to-day duties around the store. Being certified may not be required in all 50 states, yet the recent tendency among businesses has been towards only employing people who carry a certification.

What is the process to become a pharmacy tech in Florida?

The four-part process for becoming a pharmacy technician in Florida is reflected below.

What does a pharmacy tech do in Florida?

Pharmacy techs in Florida work under the guidance of a pharmacist, and are responsible for performing a range of support functions that assist in keeping the pharmacy working efficiently. Although many managers might require additional responsibilities, the following link highlights the principal function of most pharmacy techs.

Step 1: Decide if you would like to get certified

The very first thing you will want to do is choose whether or not you plan to get certified. No matter what you decide, you should be mindful that the majority of hiring managers would rather pick people who have gotten their certification.

Step 2: Sign-up for a PTAC-approved training course

The list below is all the approved pharmacy technician schools in Florida.

Accredited Pharmacy Technician Programs in Florida

Florida Education Institute 5818 SW 8th St Miami FL 33144 305-263-9990 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Medical Institute of Palm Beach 5821B Lake Worth Rd Greenacres FL 33463 561-964-5043 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Concorde Career Institute-Orlando 3444 McCrory Place Orlando FL 32803 407-812-3060 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Florida Gateway College Highway 90 East Lake City FL 32025-2007 386-752-1822 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Pensacola State College 1000 College Blvd Pensacola FL 32504-8998 850-484-1000 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
South Dade Technical College-South Dade Skills Center Campus 28300 S.W. 152nd Avenue Leisure City FL 33033-1412 305-247-7839 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Seminole State College of Florida 100 Weldon Blvd Sanford FL 32773-6199 407-708-4722 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
William T McFatter Technical College 6500 Nova Drive Davie FL 33317 754-321-5700 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Orange Technical College-Westside Campus 955 E Story Rd Winter Garden FL 34787-3733 407-905-2018 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Ridge Technical College 7700 State Rd 544 Winter Haven FL 33881-9518 863-419-3060 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Technical Education Center-Osceola 501 Simpson Rd Kissimmee FL 34744 407-344-5080 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
New Professions Technical Institute 4000 W. Flagler St. Miami FL 33134 305-461-2223 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Manatee Technical College 6305 State Rd 70 East Bradenton FL 34203 941-751-7900 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Miami Dade College 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami FL 33132-2204 305-237-8888 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Cape Coral Technical College 360 Santa Barbara Blvd North Cape Coral FL 33993-2479 239-574-4440 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Florida Career College-Orlando 989 North Semoran Boulevard Orlando FL 32807-3528 407-956-5501 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Florida Vocational Institute 7757 West Flagler Suite 220 Miami FL 33144 305-665-1911 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg 901 34th St S Saint Petersburg FL 33711-2209 727-893-2500-2520 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Atlantic Technical College 4700 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek FL 33063-3902 754-321-5100 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
First Coast Technical College 2980 Collins Ave Saint Augustine FL 32084-1919 904-547-3282 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Rasmussen College-Florida 4755 Southwest 46th Court Ocala FL 34474-6226 352-629-1941 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Fortis College-Cutler Bay 19600 South Dixie Highway Cutler Bay FL 33157-7693 786-345-3300 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Broward College 111 East Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale FL 33301 954-201-7350 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Florida Panhandle Technical College 757 Hoyt Street Chipley FL 32428-1618 850-638-1180 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Pasco-Hernando State College 10230 Ridge Road New Port Richey FL 34654-5199 727-847-2727 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Florida State College at Jacksonville 501 W State St Jacksonville FL 32202 904-633-8100 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
North Florida Community College 325 NW Turner Davis Dr Madison FL 32340 850-973-2288 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Lively Technical Center 500 N Appleyard Dr Tallahassee FL 32304-2895 850-487-7555 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Lorenzo Walker Technical College 3702 Estey Avenue Naples FL 34104-4405 239-377-0900 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar 10933 Marks Way Miramar FL 33025 954-731-8880 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Gulf Coast State College 5230 West U.S. Highway 98 Panama City FL 32401 850-769-1551 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
D A Dorsey Technical College 7100 N. W. 17th Avenue Miami FL 33147-6304 305-693-2490-2116 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Southeastern College-West Palm Beach 2801 Vista Parkway, #1000B West Palm Beach FL 33411 561-433-2330 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Gadsden Technical Institute 201 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard Quincy FL 32351-4415 850-875-8324 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College 5780 NW 158th St Miami Lakes FL 33014 305-557-1100-2231 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Indian River State College 3209 Virginia Ave Fort Pierce FL 34981-5596 772-462-4772 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Everest University-South Orlando 9200 Soutpark Center Loop Tampa FL 33610-7666 813-635-1973-174 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Radford M Locklin Technical Center 5330 Berryhill Rd Milton FL 32570-8188 850-983-5700-261 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Lake Technical College 2001 Kurt Street Eustis FL 32726 352-589-2250-1800 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Brewster Technical College 2222 N Tampa St Tampa FL 33602-2196 813-276-5448 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Concorde Career Institute-Tampa 4202 W Spruce Tampa FL 33607-4127 813-874-0094 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Tallahassee Community College 444 Appleyard Dr Tallahassee FL 32304-2895 850-201-6200 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
RIVEROAK Technical College 415 SW Pinewood Dr Live Oak FL 32064 386-647-4200 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant

Step 3: Finish the program and complete the required internship hours

Completing the accredited program you chose in the preceding step is going to be your next objective. Although each course is a little different, it is fairly common for students to finish their academic training and internship in as little as one year.

Step 4: Pass one of the national certification tests

There are two nationally-accepted pharmacy technician certification tests – the PTCE and ExCPT. You need to complete a course approved by the PTAC in order to be eligible to challenge one of these exams. College students who pass either examination obtain the nationally-acknowledged distinction of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

The following is a description of both tests.

How much does a pharmacy technician make in Florida?

Pharmacy tech compensation in Florida varies a bit from the nation’s average, as is shown in the table below from bls.gov statistics.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.27$14.86$21.98
Yearly$21,370 $30,920 $45,710
FloridaHourly$10.33$14.49$19.13
Yearly$21,480 $30,130 $39,790
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL MSAHourly$11.14$15.88$18.85
Yearly$23,180 $33,040 $39,210
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$10.83$15.88$22.73
Yearly$22,530 $33,020 $47,280
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$10.79$15.66$22.03
Yearly$22,440 $32,560 $45,810
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan DivisionHourly$10.74$15.12$19.59
Yearly$22,340 $31,440 $40,750
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL MSAHourly$10.68$15.10$18.72
Yearly$22,210 $31,410 $38,940
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL MSAHourly$10.66$14.85$18.41
Yearly$22,180 $30,890 $38,280
Jacksonville, FL MSAHourly$10.24$14.65$18.75
Yearly$21,300 $30,460 $39,000
Tallahassee, FL MSAHourly$10.64$14.52$18.50
Yearly$22,120 $30,200 $38,490
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSAHourly$10.15$14.35$18.68
Yearly$21,120 $29,840 $38,860
Gainesville, FL MSAHourly$9.99$14.33$21.36
Yearly$20,780 $29,800 $44,430
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL MSAHourly$10.47$14.25$18.58
Yearly$21,780 $29,640 $38,660
South Florida BOSHourly$9.80$14.19$18.51
Yearly$20,380 $29,520 $38,500
Northwest Florida BOSHourly$9.41$14.01$24.54
Yearly$19,560 $29,130 $51,030
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL MSAHourly$10.43$13.98$18.82
Yearly$21,690 $29,090 $39,140
Naples-Marco Island, FL MSAHourly$10.13$13.93$18.47
Yearly$21,070 $28,960 $38,410
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL MSAHourly$10.12$13.71$18.66
Yearly$21,050 $28,520 $38,810
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL MSAHourly$10.17$13.70$18.64
Yearly$21,160 $28,490 $38,770
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSAHourly$10.07$13.64$18.01
Yearly$20,950 $28,370 $37,460
Punta Gorda, FL MSAHourly$10.34$13.57$18.25
Yearly$21,520 $28,220 $37,960
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL MSAHourly$10.22$13.39$18.11
Yearly$21,250 $27,850 $37,670
Northeast Florida BOSHourly$9.91$13.37$20.21
Yearly$20,610 $27,820 $42,030
Ocala, FL MSAHourly$10.09$13.37$17.84
Yearly$20,990 $27,810 $37,110
Port St. Lucie, FL MSAHourly$9.89$13.35$18.24
Yearly$20,570 $27,770 $37,940
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL MSAHourly$9.34$13.10$18.20
Yearly$19,420 $27,260 $37,850