Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma

If you're interested in starting a career as a pharmacy technician, Penn Foster Career School's Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma may be a good fit. Learn more about this program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster Career School's Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program is designed to prepare students for careers working with pharmacists and providing medication and health care products to patients. Students in this program may learn how to receive prescriptions from doctors and hospitals, verify insurance and prescription information, prepare prescriptions for patients, and assist with everyday pharmacy duties. Pharmacy technician students also have the opportunity to gain hands on experience through the self-arranged Work Experience Option that allows them to gain pharmacy tehcnicna experience at an employer near them.

This Penn Foster Career School program is an at-home program delivered to students through their innovative mobile learning platform, PFx 2.0. You work independently and complete the instruction sets at your own pace. Penn Foster provides all the instructional materials you'll need. The materials include five new industry standard books, which students can choose either eBooks or print books, and software that provides simulation labs.

This program was designed to align with the content of The Pharmacy Technician Board Certification Exam (PTCE) and National HealthCareer Association's ExCPT exam. Students will be able to prepare for the PTCE exam through a sample certification exam presented at the end of the course. After completing this program, students receive a PTCB Practice Exam Voucher and the PTCE sponsorship.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Students considering Penn Foster Career School's Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program may benefit from an interest or previous coursework in science or chemistry. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program is split into 12 instruction sets. Each set contains multiple lessons. Upon graduation, you'll receive a workbook and certification review to help you prepare for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

  • Course 1: Starting Your Program
    • Lesson 1: Starting Your Program
  • Course 2: Pharmacy Technician Orientation
    • Lesson 2: Introduction to Pharmacy Technician
  • Course 3: Career Readiness
    • Lesson 3: Personal Skills
    • Lesson 4: People Skills
    • Lesson 5 Workplace Skills
  • Course 4: Pharmacology, Drug Class, and Body Systems, Part 1
    • Lesson 6: Basics of Pharmacology
    • Lesson 7: Cardiovascular and Hematologic Systems
    • Lesson 8: Respiratory and Endocrine Systems
    • Lesson 9: Gastrointestinal, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems
  • Course 5: Pharmacology, Drug Class, and Body Systems, Part 2
    • Lesson 10: Integumentary and Musculoskeletal Systems
    • Lesson 11: Sensory Organs and Nervous System
    • Lesson 12: Immune System, HIV, and Cancer
    • Lesson 13: Antibiotics, Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs
  • Course 6: Pharmacy Practice Law and Regulations
    • Lesson 14: Law for the Pharmacy Technician
    • Lesson 15: Ethics for the Pharmacy Technician
    • Lesson 16: Confidentiality for the Pharmacy Technician
  • Course 7: Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians
    • Lesson 17: Basic Math Skills, Measurements, and Measurement Conversion
    • Lesson 18: Medication and Prescription Orders and Their Calculations
    • Lesson 19: Special Medication Calculations and Business Math
  • Course 8: Pharmacy Sterile and Nonsterile Compounding
    • Lesson 20: Aseptic Prep, IV Medications, Administration, Considerations
    • Lesson 21: IV Calculations, Equipment, Facilities, and Techniques
    • Lesson 22: IV Nutrition, Pt. Consideration, QA, Nonsterile Compounding
  • Course 9: Pharmacy Management and Operations
    • Lesson 23: Drug Information References
    • Lesson 24: Community, Institutional, and Additional Practice Settings
    • Lesson 25: Medication Safety and Error Prevention
  • Course 10: Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement
    • Lesson 26: Reimbursement Methodologies for Pharmacy Technicians
    • Lesson 27: Pharmacy Billing and Inventory Management
  • Course 11: Pharmacy Management Software
    • Lesson 28: Community Pharmacy Practice
    • Lesson 29: Institutional Pharmacy Practice
    • Lesson 30: Reports and Assessment
  • Course 12: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review
    • Lesson 31: Pharmacy Technician Workbook & Certification Review

What Are My Post-Graduation Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

After completing Penn Foster Career School's Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program, you may be ready to sit for the PTCE and ExCPT certification examinations. Once certified, you could seek positions in retail pharmacies or hospitals. You could work with licensed pharmacists to prepare medications for patients.

Advanced Degrees

If you're interested in receiving additional training, you could pursue an associate's degree program. A degree program may give you the chance to learn more about how pharmacies work and how to prepare medications for patients. An associate's degree program may give you the chance to develop additional skills in pharmacy or related areas. Associate's degrees you could pursue include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administration
  • Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting