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The New York state government does not regulate their pharmacy technician schools in New York or their pharmacy technicians. This means that there are not any requirements for formal training or certification. This does not mean employers do not want to hire certified and formally trained technicians, it just means New York does not require it. This lack of regulation makes on the job training very popular with employers. We lay out the pathway to enter one of the faster growing healthcare jobs in New York below.

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How to Become a Pharmacy Technician in New York

You can get go about becoming a pharmacy tech in New York a few different ways:

1 – Get on the job training
2 – Attend a formal training
3 – Attend formal training and then get your CPHT certification from the PTCB or NHA.

Below we show you more details about each option with our 4 step process.

Step 1: Decide if you Plan on Getting CPHT Certified

Getting certified is not mandatory but it is really a good idea for many reasons. It makes you a higher pay and gives you a better chance at getting hired. Employers always want the most qualified technicians for the job.

Step 2: Enroll in a PTAC-accredited training course

If you do not choose to get on the job training and want to attend approved training you need to use the PTAC accreditation, due to the fact that New York has no regulations for training. Doing so will make sure your training is the quality you need. The list below is all the approved New York pharmacy technician programs.

PTAC Accredited NY Pharmacy Tech Schools

Access Careers 474 Fulton Avenue, Suite 201 Hempstead NY 11550-0000 516-433-0034

ASA College 81 Willoughby Street Brooklyn NY 11201-9805 718-522-9073

Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES Main Campus Liverpool NY 13088 315-453-4455

CUNY Bronx Community College 2155 University Avenue Bronx NY 10453 718-289-5100

Monroe College 2501 Jerome Avenue Bronx NY 10468 718-933-6700

Manhattan Institute 45 West 34th Street New York NY 10001 212-564-1234

Step 3: Complete Pharmacy Tech Training in New York

If you choose on the job or formal training, you will still need to complete it to either start working, find a job or move on to getting your certification.

Step 4: Successfully Pass either the PTCE or ExCPT tests

With no regulation from the government of New York, you will want to make sure your choice in certification is recognized across the country and by NY pharmacies. The CPHT certification is what you want to get and it can be earned by passing the PTCE or the exCPT examinations. They are given by the PTCB The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCE exam) and the NHA National Healthcare Association (ExCPT exam).

We take a better look at these examinations at the link here.

How Much Does a Pharmacy Technician Make in New York?

The data table below reflects the salary offered across New York for pharmacy technicians. The data comes directly from current statistics on’s website.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.27$14.86$21.98
New YorkHourly$10.02$14.43$22.95
Nassau-Suffolk, NYHourly$9.90$15.22$22.81
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NYHourly$10.39$14.82$21.74
Ithaca, NYHourly$10.28$14.26$21.12
Kingston, NYHourly$10.17$14.13$18.20
Rochester, NYHourly$9.89$13.77$18.19
Binghamton, NYHourly$10.00$13.73$18.13
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NYHourly$10.03$13.66$19.27
Syracuse, NYHourly$9.52$13.62$19.19
Southwest New YorkHourly$10.14$13.48$18.74
East Central New YorkHourly$10.23$13.22$18.32
Elmira, NYHourly$9.55$12.98$18.18
Central New YorkHourly$10.00$12.92$18.00
Capital/Northern New YorkHourly$9.82$12.80$19.32
Glens Falls, NYHourly$9.95$12.72$20.46
Utica-Rome, NYHourly$9.66$12.62$26.49

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