High School with Pharmacy Technician Pathway

Request More Information

Request School Information

Complete the form below to request specific information regarding questions you have including course cost and course length.

Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Pharmacy Technician includes both the general education courses you need for your diploma, while also helping you gain basic skills to help you begin your path towards a career as a pharmacy technician. Read on to find out more about this diploma program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The High School Diploma with a career pathway in Pharmacy Technician program offered by Penn Foster High School includes both a diverse general education curriculum as well as instruction sets related to basic pharmacy technician practices. The concentration courses cover subjects such as medical terminology, pharmacy operations, and dosages in order to provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you enter a pharmacy tech postsecondary program. You'll also study pharmaceutical dispensing and compounding as the math concepts and formulas you would be using in a pharmacy. This diploma program also requires you to complete courses in English, math, science, history, and health.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Strong math, organizational, and critical-thinking skills could be helpful before entering Penn Foster's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Pharmacy Technician. As an applicant to Penn Foster High School, you must be at least 14 years old and have completed Grade 8.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete 22 courses, which total 21.5 credits, to earn this diploma. You will take 16 one-credit general education courses, five one-credit pharmacy technician electives, and a half-credit orientation course. Course requirements could be different if you are transferring credits.

Humanities

  • Human Relations
  • Reading Skills

English

  • Basic English
  • Practical English
  • Written Communication
  • Literature

Social Studies

  • American History
  • Civics
  • World Geography

Math

  • General Math 1
  • Consumer Math
  • General Math 2

Science

  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science

Health and Physical Education

  • Fitness and Nutrition

Pharmacy Technician Electives

  • Pharmacy Technician 1: Pharmacy operations in community and institutional pharmacies
  • Pharmacy Technician 2: Reference material used by pharmacy professionals and understanding the prescriptions you will be dispensing
  • Pharmacy Technician 3: Pharmacy arithmetic and calculations
  • Pharmacy Technician 4: Dispensing of solid dosage forms, tablet and capsule dispensing, capsule packing from bulk powder, and preparation and dispensing of liquid dose forms
  • Pharmacy Technician 5: Medical terminology; anatomy, pathology and procedures associated with different body systems

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After completing Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Pharmacy Technician, you could apply for work as a pharmacy technician. You could see work in stand-alone pharmacies or at pharmacies located inside hospitals, clinics, grocery stores, and other healthcare facilities.

Advanced Degrees

You could choose to continue your education after completing the High School Diploma with a career pathway in Pharmacy Technician program. The electives courses will transfer to Penn Foster Career School's Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma program, or you could continue your studies in a two-year degree program. An associate degree could be helpful when pursing licensure or certification in some states. Associate degrees you could consider include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician
  • Associate of Science in Pharmacy Technology