Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma

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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. The recently revised program was reviewed by Penn Foster Pharmacy Technician Advisory Council of experts from across the industry. 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 required externship offered through our partnerships with CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens.

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.

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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 11 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.

Instruction SetLessons
Instruction Set 1Learning Strategies
The Profession of Pharmacy
Instruction Set 2Regulations for Drug Development
Pharmacy Operations
Prescribers of Drugs
Veterinarians as Prescribers
Instruction Set 3Drug Information Sources
Drug Manufacturers, Monographs, and Package Inserts
Label Preparation
Dosage Forms and Routes of Administration
Instruction Set 4Pre-Algebra
Pharmacy Arithmetic
Pharmaceutical Calculations
Instruction Set 5Pharmaceutical Dispensing 1: General Considerations
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 2: Solid Dose Forms
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 3: Liquid Dose Forms - Oral
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 4: Topical Dose Forms
Pharmaceutical Dispensing 5: Miscellaneous Dose Forms
Instruction Set 6How Drugs Work
Poison / Drug Emergencies
Addictive Drugs
Adverse Reactions / Drug Interactions
Basic Chemistry of Drug Molecules
Instruction Set 7Compounding of Sterile Products 1
Compounding of Sterile Products 2
Instruction Set 8Medical Terminology
Anatomy / Physiology
Instruction Set 9Drug Classes: Prescription Drugs
Drug Classes: Over-the-Counter Drugs
Instruction Set 10General Medical Conditions
Infectious Diseases

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
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