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Online Pharmacy Technician School

U.S. Career Institute’s Online Pharmacy Technician School offers a 100% online program that allows you to study any time, any place, even on your phone.

Pharmacy Tech Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
4-9 months, self-paced

Pharmacy Tech Certification

Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCE) or
Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT)

Pharmacy Tech Program Goal

$37,790* based on statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Pharmacy Tech Class Format

Payment Plan: $69/month**($1,279* total)
Pay-in-Full: $979 Tuition
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Pharmacy Tech Program Goal

Program Goal:
To prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or NHA ExCPT exam and gain entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy Tech Class Format

Class Format:
Online – Computer or Phone

You can earn a rewarding new career in the healthcare industry as a Pharmacy Technician. With U.S. Career Institute’s Online Pharmacy Technician School, you will gain valuable skills that will help you find employment as a Pharmacy Technician in retail pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and mail order pharmacies. U.S. Career Institute will also prepare you for important Pharmacy Technician Certification Exams.

  • Our Pharmacy Tech classes are designed to prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
    Your PTCE or ExCPT exam fee is included in your tuition- up to a $208 value†.
  • Pharmacy Technician jobs are projected to increase 6% by 2032* according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Pharmacy Technician professionals are paid a competitive salary – up to $37,790 per year!*
  • U.S. Career Institute is proud to partner with Walgreens for externship opportunities.
  • U.S. Career Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
  • U.S. Career Institute is proud to provide our Career Coach Program which gives you one-on-one access to a Career Advisor
Pharmacy Tech Walgreens Partnership

Walgreens® Pharmacy Technician Externship

We’ve partnered with Walgreens® to provide our Pharmacy Technician students with valuable externship opportunities.

Graduates are eligible to take advantage of an 80-hour Walgreens externship. The externship does not have an additional tuition cost, and is available to all graduates who meet the >Walgreens Externship standard requirements. Even though the externship is optional, we encourage our graduates to take advantage of this great resource to get valuable hands-on experience. If you meet the requirements our graduate support team will help you set up the externship in your area!

Pharmacy Technician Online Program Overview

Online Pharm Tech Program Overview
Program Outcome:

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician course will be trained in written and oral medical and pharmaceutical terminology, as well as basic human anatomy and physiology. They will be able to perform basic mathematical functions and dosage calculations utilizing metric, apothecary, and household systems. These skills will prepare them for an entry-level position in a hospital or retail setting.

  • Apply the skills needed to obtain entry-level pharmacy technician positions
  • Assist licensed pharmacists in providing medication and other healthcare products to patients.
  • Effectively receive prescriptions from doctors and hospitals, prepare prescriptions for patients and verify insurance and prescription information.

Pharmacy Technician Course Highlights:

  • Roles of a Pharmacy Technician
  • Terminology and Body Systems
  • Pharmacy Operations and Drug Resources
  • Dosage Forms, Prescriptions, Medication Orders
  • Drug Actions and Interactions
  • Managing Inventory and Financial Management
  • Vaccines, Analgesics, Vitamins, Respiratory Agents
  • Pharmacy Calculations and Compounding
Online Pharmacy Tech Program Highlights

Pharmacy Technician School Curriculum Breakdown

Your Online Pharmacy Technician School Classes are broken down into 5 units.

Students learn about the role of the pharmacy technician in the medical field, distinguishing between the pharmacist’s and pharmacy technician’s scope of practice. Then, students begin the important work of developing their medical vocabulary. They practice using common symbols and abbreviations, as well as medical root words, prefixes and suffixes. After an overview of the human body’s organ systems, students build on their communication skills. Students learn about the laws and regulations that govern the pharmacy practice, as well as the benefits of a professional code of ethics to guide them in making good decisions. They access and use information sources to find new drugs and to assist patients with medication advice. Finally, students discover the duties of the pharmacy technician in a variety of settings.

Students learn about the many types of drug dosage forms, how drugs react in the body and how drugs interact with other drugs. Students read and interpret pharmacy terminology while learning about the two most important documents they will work with—the prescription and the medical order. Students’ drug vocabulary increases as they explore the challenges of prescribing drugs to the very old and the very young. Students then discover the procedures to prevent medication errors and what to do when a negative reaction or poisoning occurs. Students walk behind the scenes to discover how pharmacies maintain control of drug inventory and dispensation, as well as fiscal management of the pharmacy, including financial transactions with third-party payers.

After discovering the various antimicrobial agents that affect the human body, students study vaccines and analgesic agents. Students also learn about nutrition and the role of vitamins in drug therapy. Then, they begin a serious exploration of the types of drug agents used to battle disease— neurologic, anesthetic and respiratory agents. This pack wraps up with a refresher course in basic mathematics and pharmaceutical measurement systems.

Continuing their in-depth study of drug agents, students explore cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and endocrine agents. Before moving on, students encounter the second mathematics lesson, which teaches them how to determine the ratios, proportions, and equivalencies they will use to calculate drug dosages.

Students study the urinary system before wrapping up the study of drugs with antineoplastic agents. Students then learn the techniques to compound drugs in both a sterile and nonsterile environment. Parenterals and intravenous admixtures are explored. Students complete the course with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve learned in their final practicum.

USCI Student Testimonial Quote

Very straightforward, organized, and professional presentation. I took the pharmacy technician online course and it was very informational and good preparation for the world of pharmacy. The staff were very friendly, helpful, and quick to respond. I highly recommend them!

Vanessa G.
Pharmacy Technician Student

USCI Student Testimonial Quote

Overachiever student It's a excellent school. I've done the pharmacy technician course at this school a few years ago and I loved it. The cost for the courses are reasonable. I love that you can study at your own pace. . There's help available whenever you need it ...Staff are very helpful...

Pharmacy Technician Student

U.S. Career Institute School Benefits

Affordable monthly paymentAffordable

$69 monthly payments, 5 day risk-free preview and 100% money back commitment.

USCI On-Demand Learning On-demand Learning

100% online and self-paced. No set class schedules so you set the pace and study when you can 24/7.

Mobile Friendly Learning Materials Mobile-Friendly

Custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal.

USCI has custom learning materials Real-world Skills

Focus on real-world skills that will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need for employment and to prepare for industry certifications.

USCI all-inclusive program All-inclusive Program

Your tuition includes access to instructors, learning materials and career support.

USCI all-inclusive program Proven Reputation

A+ BBB Rating, 40 Years in Business, 4.8 out of 5 TrustScore, DEAC Accredited, 97% of students would recommend us to a friend.

Pharmacy Technician Salary Outlook & Certification

Online Pharmacy Tech school training Outcomes



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Pharmacy Technician Certification

Upon graduation from our program, you will receive your U.S. Career Institute Certificate of Completion attesting to your accomplishment. U.S. Career Institute's online Pharmacy Technician certificate program prepares you to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Included with our Pharmacy Tech course, we cover the cost of your certification exam, study guide and practice test – a $208 value!+

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.

IMPORTANT State Licensing Requirements: Click here for more information.

Pharmacy Technician Online Classes Tuition

U.S. Career Institute is committed to making your pharmacy technician education affordable. Tuition includes electronic lesson books, supplements, instructor assistance, and career support for graduates. You can start your new career without a mountain of debt.

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  • $69 Monthly Payment
  • First payment: $69**

*Plus one-time $29 application charge.
**First payment includes $40 down payment and $29 application charge. Application charge is non-refundable.

Money-Back Commitment

U.S. Career Institute offers an iron clad money-back commitment to its students. After you receive your first lesson, you have 5 full days to review and evaluate. After reviewing the lesson, if you think our program is not the best route for you; contact us, return any materials and we will refund the full amount paid. No questions asked.

Hard Copy Lesson Books

Here at U.S. Career Institute, we teach to a classroom of one and we know that no two students are alike. Therefore, hard copy lesson books are available for under $50. If you prefer hard copies of your materials, you can easily order them online or by phone after enrolling.

USCI Career Coach Program

We invest in you-up to $400 Value**

After completing your certificate course, our Career Coach Program is an included benefit that will give you one-on-one access to a Career Coach Advisor. Our course and Career Coach Program can prepare you with the skills needed to help you start your new career. Read about the program's requirements and guidelines in the Career Coach Program Outline.

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Content updated by: Holly Cook

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the internet at Pharmacy Technicians (visited September 26, 2023). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.
† Provided in form of reimbursement when the following terms are met: Student submits receipt issued by PTCB or NHA, has successfully completed the course and has paid tuition in full. Reimbursement is for up to $208 towards the cost of the PTCE or ExCPT exam, study guide and practice test. USCI recommends you choose the certification that meets your state requirements.