Pharmacy Technician

As advances in pharmaceutical technology lead us down the path towards more and more magic pills that can treat and cure myriad diseases and ailments, we will need more people who are able to understand the intricacies of the drugs we take and help to dispense them safely and effectively. These people will be pharmacists as well as pharmacy technicians who work alongside them everyday.

Through 2026, the U.S. alone is expected to more than 47,000 pharmacy technician jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017). As pharmacists, who must train for many years to obtain that vaunted position, are called away from the pill sorting machines to interact directly with patients, administering flu shots and vaccinations and counseling on drug interactions, pharmacy technicians step in to take on much of the day-to-day pharmacy operations.

And the pharmacy organizations are not blind to this increased need. National pharmacy education organizations have begun to work together in order to ensure that pharmacy technician students receive the quality of education they need to be valuable members of their teams once they gain employment. This includes the creation of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), which will “work collaboratively to develop an accreditation system for pharmacy technician education and training programs that reflects all pharmacy practice settings and, if feasible, to consolidate the activities into one accrediting body” (ASHP).

Pharmacy Technician fast facts
Projected Jobs Created47,600
Projected Job Growth12%
Low Salary$22,000
Average Salary (Median)$33,060
High Salary$46,980
Entry-Level EDU HS Diploma
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Degree & certification Programs

As is the case with so many healthcare careers, degree requirements for pharmacy technicians vary from state to state. In some states, entry level technicians may begin trainee programs with no experience at all and a minimum requirement of a high school diploma. However, in other states students must complete a fully accredited pharmacy technician training program and/or obtain an associate of science (AS) degree in pharmacy technology from a pharmacy tech school before they can begin work. Before enrolling in any program, students should be sure to familiarize themselves with the requirements in their state. The following is just a sampling of the types of pharmacy technician programs available around the country:

  • Clover Park Technical College: At CPTC, pharmacy technician students will work towards an associate of applied technology (AAT) degree in three to five quarters, with courses offered in fall, spring, and summer. The program is a combination of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience for a well-rounded pharmacy technician background. Classes take place at either the Lakewood or Puyallap, Washington campus. Students are alternatively able to pursue a certificate, which takes three to four quarters to complete. Both pharmacy technician programs at CPTC have been accredited by the PTAC.

  • Cleveland Clinic: The pharmacy technician program at Cleveland Clinic is unique in that students begin with hands-on experience from day one. Additionally, the Cleveland Clinic program is one of the few hospital-based pharmacy technician programs in the US, making the learning environment quite unique. Applicants to the program must have a high school diploma or GED and pass math and reading evaluations (or show a minimum GPA from college courses in those subjects). Due to the high demand for this program, students must also have at least two semesters of college-level coursework or five years of professional work experiences, or ACT or SAT scores. The program consists of 20 weeks of didactic instruction, which students can complete online, plus simultaneous hands-on observation and training, followed by a 160-hour externship.

  • Cerritos College: For Southern California residents, the pharmacy technician program at Cerritos College is convenient. The program offers both a certificate and associate’s degree track for incoming students. The Cerritos College program has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 1999. Successful completion of either program qualifies students to register with the California State Board of Pharmacy, which is a prerequisite for gaining employment as a pharmacy technician in California.

  • Pima Medical Institute: With accredited locations across the western portion of the US, PMI offers a comprehensive pharmacy technician program to students in Arizona, California, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. In 840 credit hours, plus a clinical externship, students will be prepared to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (CPhT) from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

List of Pharmacy Technician Schools

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School City State Website Total grads (2013)
United Education Institute-Huntington Park Campus Huntington Park California 389
American Auto Institute Gardena California 213
Manhattan Institute New York New York 156
Southern Careers Institute-San Antonio San Antonio Texas 136
American Career College-Ontario Ontario California 127
American Career College-Anaheim Anaheim California 120
Downey Adult School Downey California 119
UEI College-Fresno Fresno California 111
Pima Medical Institute-Chula Vista Chula Vista California 108
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Illinois 109
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Indiana 109
Kaplan College-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 105
Institute of Technology Inc Clovis California 98
Mountainland Applied Technology College Lehi Utah 95
American Career College-Los Angeles Los Angeles California 95
Remington College-Dallas Campus Garland Texas 92
MCI Institute of Technology West Palm Beach Florida 92
Concorde Career College-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 93
Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston Cranston Rhode Island 88
Sanford-Brown Institute-Tampa Tampa Florida 89
Ponce Paramedical College Inc Ponce Puerto Rico 90
Everest College-City of Industry City of Industry California 86
Remington College-Memphis Campus Memphis Tennessee 84
Everest College-Bedford Park Bedford Park Illinois 82
Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios-San Juan San Juan Puerto Rico 78
Arizona College-Glendale Glendale Arizona 78
Everest College-Ontario Ontario California 79
St Louis College of Health Careers-St Louis Saint Louis Missouri 78
Florida Education Institute Miami Florida 78
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 75
Sanford-Brown Institute-Garden City Garden City New York 73
Professional Training Centers Miami Florida 73
Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Mesa Arizona 73
National University College-Bayamon Bayamon Puerto Rico 73
Everest College-Tacoma Tacoma Washington 74
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Tucson Arizona 72
ASA College Brooklyn New York 72
Everest College-Atlanta West Atlanta Georgia 71
Davis Applied Technology College Kaysville Utah 68
Huertas College Caguas Puerto Rico 69
Everest Institute-Kendall Miami Florida 69
Everest College-Santa Ana Santa Ana California 66
Southeastern College-Greenacres Greenacres Florida 67
Everest College-Torrance Torrance California 67
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa California 65
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia California 64
Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville Kentucky 64
Carrington College-Mesa Mesa Arizona 64
San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno Fresno California 62
Kaplan College-San Antonio-San Pedro San Antonio Texas 62
Houston Community College Houston Texas 62
Fortis College-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 63
Anthem College-Sacramento Sacramento California 63
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 61
Lincoln Technical Institute-Center City Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania 61
Lincoln Technical Institute-Allentown Allentown Pennsylvania 61
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Illinois 61
Remington College-Fort Worth Campus Fort Worth Texas 59
Clark College Vancouver Washington 59
Carrington College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 59
All-State Career-Baltimore Baltimore Maryland 59
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver Colorado 57
Santa Ana College Santa Ana California 58
Sanford-Brown Institute-New York New York New York 58
Everest Institute-South Plainfield South Plainfield New Jersey 56
Concorde Career Institute-Tampa Tampa Florida 56
San Joaquin Valley College-Hesperia Hesperia California 55
Everest College-Arlington Arlington Texas 55
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program Redlands California 55
Baker College of Flint Flint Michigan 55
Front Range Community College Westminster Colorado 54
Dorsey Business Schools-Roseville Roseville Michigan 54
American National University Salem Virginia 54
Remington College-North Houston Campus Houston Texas 53
Everest University-Pompano Beach Pompano Beach Florida 53
Everest College-Melrose Park Melrose Park Illinois 53
Anthem Career College-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 53
Everest College-Earth City Earth City Missouri 52
Charles A Jones Career and Education Center Sacramento California 52
Unitek College Fremont California 51
San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield Bakersfield California 51
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Washington 51
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago Illinois 51
Everest College-Reseda Reseda California 50
Everest College-Chesapeake Chesapeake Virginia 50
Pima Medical Institute-Renton Renton Washington 49
The Bryman School of Arizona Phoenix Arizona 48
Fortis Institute-Fort Lauderdale Lauderdale Lakes Florida 48
Everest Institute-Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Michigan 48
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Georgia 48
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque New Mexico 47
Lone Star College System The Woodlands Texas 47
Lansing Community College Lansing Michigan 47
Four-D College Colton California http:// 47
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Texas 46
Remington College-Houston Campus Houston Texas 46
Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus Baton Rouge Louisiana 46
Everest College-Renton Renton Washington 46
Coyne College Chicago Illinois 46
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City Iowa 45
Technical Education Center-Osceola Kissimmee Florida http:// 45
National University College-Arecibo Arecibo Puerto Rico 45
Everest Institute-Eagan Eagan Minnesota 45
Everest College-Everett Everett Washington 45
Wichita Technical Institute Wichita Kansas 44
National College-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 44
Fortis Institute-Wayne Wayne New Jersey 44
Everest Institute-North Miami Miami Florida 44
Milwaukee Career College Milwaukee Wisconsin 43
Fortis College-Landover Landover Maryland 43
Everest University-South Orlando Orlando Florida 43
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood Washington 43
Miami Dade College Miami Florida 42
Everest University-Orange Park Orange Park Florida 42
Virginia College-Spartanburg Spartanburg South Carolina 41
TESST College of Technology-Baltimore Baltimore Maryland 41
Sanford-Brown College-Houston Houston Texas 41
Kaplan Career Institute-Franklin Mills Philadelphia Pennsylvania 41
Kaplan Career Institute-Broomall Broomall Pennsylvania 41
Anthem Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 41
Universidad Del Turabo Gurabo Puerto Rico 40
Sanford-Brown College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 40
Carrington College-Portland Portland Oregon 40
Somerset Community College Somerset Kentucky 39
Remington College-Cleveland Campus Cleveland Ohio 39
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College Ogden Utah 39
Fortis College-Miami Miami Florida 39
Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios-Humacao Humacao Puerto Rico 39
Remington College-Mobile Campus Mobile Alabama 38
North-West College-West Covina West Covina California 38
Kaplan College-Vista Vista California 38
Everest College-Merrionette Park Merrionette Park Illinois 38
Everest College-Alhambra Alhambra California 38
Cerritos College Norwalk California 38
Virginia College-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 37
Seattle Community College-North Campus Seattle Washington 37
Remington College-Lafayette Campus Lafayette Louisiana 37
Pennco Tech-Blackwood Blackwood New Jersey 37
Midwest Technical Institute-East Peoria East Peoria Illinois 37
Everest Institute-Detroit Detroit Michigan 37
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar Miramar Florida 37
Acadiana Technical College-Lafayette Campus Lafayette Louisiana 37
Southern Careers Institute-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Texas 36
Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria Santa Maria California 36
Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES Liverpool New York 36
Midlands Technical College West Columbia South Carolina 36
Harris School of Business-Linwood Campus Linwood New Jersey 36
Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown North Carolina 36
Dorsey Business Schools-Saginaw Saginaw Michigan 36
Davidson County Community College Thomasville North Carolina 36
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga California 36
Carrington College-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 36
San Joaquin Valley College-Modesto Salida California 35
Greenville Technical College Greenville South Carolina 35
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago Illinois 35
Career College of Northern Nevada Sparks Nevada 35
Baker College of Allen Park Allen Park Michigan 35
Sanford-Brown College-Indianapolis Indianapolis Indiana 34
Renton Technical College Renton Washington 34
Remington College-Columbia Campus Columbia South Carolina 34
Carrington College-Tucson Tucson Arizona 34
American College of Healthcare Riverside California 34
Vatterott College-Kansas City Kansas City Missouri 34
Warren County Career Center Lebanon Ohio 33
Sullivan University Louisville Kentucky 33
Lincoln Technical Institute-Somerville Somerville Massachusetts 33
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon Bayamon Puerto Rico 33
Dewey University-Hato Rey Hato Rey Puerto Rico 33
Career Networks Institute Orange California 33
Everest University-Largo Largo Florida 32
Everest College-Skokie Skokie Illinois 32
Everest College-Gardena Gardena California 32
Austin Community College District Austin Texas 32
Southern Careers Institute-Austin Austin Texas 32
Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado 32
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield Springfield Illinois 32
YTI Career Institute-Altoona Altoona Pennsylvania 31
Tulsa Community College Tulsa Oklahoma 31
Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Seattle Washington 31
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German San German Puerto Rico 31
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Aguadilla Puerto Rico 31
Georgia Northwestern Technical College Rome Georgia 31
Brookline College-Tucson Tucson Arizona 31
Brookline College-Tempe Tempe Arizona 31
Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City Louisiana 31
Everest College-Aurora Aurora Colorado 30
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College Chicago Illinois 30
Carrington College-Spokane Spokane Washington 30
Brookline College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 30
Anthem College-Portland Beaverton Oregon 30
Anthem College-Orlando Orlando Florida 30
Virginia College-Pensacola Pensacola Florida 29
Sanford-Brown College-Hillside Hillside Illinois 29
Omega Institute Pennsauken New Jersey 29
CCI Training Center-Arlington Arlington Texas 29
Bramson ORT College Forest Hills New York 29
Baker College of Muskegon Muskegon Michigan 29
Baker College of Clinton Township Clinton Township Michigan 29
Virginia College-Savannah Savannah Georgia 28
Universidad Del Este Carolina Puerto Rico 28
Spokane Community College Spokane Washington 28
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin Georgia 28
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls South Dakota 28
Pioneer Pacific College Wilsonville Oregon 28
Lincoln Technical Institute-Northeast Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania 28
Dorsey Business Schools-Southgate Southgate Michigan 28
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas Nevada 28
Central Oregon Community College Bend Oregon 28
Carrington College California-San Leandro San Leandro California 28
Remington College-Cleveland West Campus North Olmsted Ohio 27
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lowell Lowell Massachusetts 27
International Business College-El Paso El Paso Texas 27
Imperial Valley College Imperial California 27
Fortis College-Mobile Mobile Alabama 27
Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios-Bayamon Bayam?n Puerto Rico 27
Bridgerland Applied Technology College Logan Utah 27
Virginia College-Biloxi Biloxi Mississippi 26
Virginia College-Augusta Augusta Georgia 26
Tucson College Tucson Arizona 26
Polaris Career Center Middleburg Heights Ohio 26
North-West College-Glendale Glendale California 26
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Mercedita Puerto Rico 26
Fortis Institute-Cookeville Cookeville Tennessee 26
Dixie Applied Technology College Saint George Utah 26
Delgado Community College New Orleans Louisiana http://WWW.DCC.EDU 26
Dawn Career Institute Inc Wilmington Delaware 26
Columbus Technical College Columbus Georgia 26
Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants-Cleveland Cleveland Ohio 26
Ashland Community and Technical College Ashland Kentucky 26
Virginia College-Charleston North Charleston South Carolina 25
Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette Lafayette Louisiana 25
Remington College-Colorado Springs Campus Colorado Springs Colorado 25
Radford M Locklin Technical Center Milton Florida 25
National College-Lexington Lexington Kentucky 25
Fortis College-Dothan Dothan Alabama 25
Everest University-Lakeland Lakeland Florida 25
Everest University-Jacksonville Jacksonville Florida 25
Everest Institute-Gahanna Gahanna Ohio 25
Baker College of Owosso Owosso Michigan 25
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta Georgia 24
Virginia College-Greenville Greenville South Carolina 24
Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis Tennessee 24
Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston Texas 24
Medvance Institute-West Palm Palm Springs Florida 24
Kaplan College-Dayton Dayton Ohio 24
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education La Puente California 24
Walters State Community College Morristown Tennessee 23
San Joaquin Valley College-Ontario Ontario California 23
Monroe College Bronx New York 23
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo Fajardo Puerto Rico 23
Fortis College-Orange Park Orange Park Florida 23
Eagle Gate College-Murray Murray Utah 23
Columbia Centro Universitario-Caguas Caguas Puerto Rico 23
Virginia College-Macon Macon Georgia 22
Virginia College-Jacksonville Jacksonville Florida 22
Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles Lake Charles Louisiana 22
Sanford-Brown College-Tinley Park Tinley Park Illinois 22
Pueblo Community College Pueblo Colorado 22
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville North Carolina 22
Everest College-Bremerton Bremerton Washington 22
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Lisbon Ohio 22
Anthem College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 22
Anthem College-Irving Irving Texas 22
Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland Maryland 22
Texas State Technical College-Waco Waco Texas 21
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 21
Nova College de Puerto Rico Bayamon Puerto Rico 21
Northwest Educational Center Houston Texas 21
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids Iowa 21
Everest College-West Los Angeles Los Angeles California 21
Brookline College-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 21
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lincoln Lincoln Rhode Island 20
Carrington College California-Stockton Stockton California 20
Carrington College California-Sacramento Sacramento California 20
Carrington College California-Citrus Heights Citrus Heights California 20
Baker College of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills Michigan 20
Anthem College-Maryland Heights Maryland Heights Missouri 20
Angelina College Lufkin Texas 20
Albany Technical College Albany Georgia 20
William T McFatter Technical Center Davie Florida 20
Virginia College-Richmond Richmond Virginia 20
Unitech Training Academy-Alexandria Alexandria Louisiana 20
Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus Tulsa Oklahoma 20
Southwest School of Business and Technical Careers-San Antonio San Antonio Texas 20
Santa Barbara Business College-Bakersfield Bakersfield California 20
Pennco Tech-Bristol Bristol Pennsylvania 20
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Wisconsin 19
Milan Institute-Sparks Sparks Nevada 19
Linn-Benton Community College Albany Oregon 19
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago Illinois 19
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro Tennessee 19
Remington College-Little Rock Campus Little Rock Arkansas 19
Pinellas Technical Education Center-St Petersburg Saint Petersburg Florida 18
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro Georgia 18
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa Iowa 18
Galaxy Medical College North Hollywood California 18
Fortis College-Centerville Centerville Ohio 18
Foothill College Los Altos Hills California 18
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga Tennessee 18
Access Careers Brooklyn New York 18
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah Kentucky 18
West Georgia Technical College Waco Georgia 18
Vance-Granville Community College Henderson North Carolina 18
Washington-Holmes Technical Center Chipley Florida 17
Virginia College-Mobile Mobile Alabama 17
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston Livingston Tennessee 17
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg South Carolina 17
South Texas College McAllen Texas 17
Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago Illinois 17
Pima Community College Tucson Arizona 17
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville Georgia 17
North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton North Dakota 17
Milan Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 17
Lincoln Technical Institute-Brockton Brockton Massachusetts 17
Humacao Community College Humacao Puerto Rico 17
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland Ohio 17
Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants-Mentor Mentor Ohio 17
YTI Career Institute-Capital Region Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania 16
Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City South Dakota 16
West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport Bridgeport West Virginia 16
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor Michigan 16
Virginia College-School of Business and Health-Chattanooga Chattanooga Tennessee 16
Ultimate Medical Academy-Clearwater Clearwater Florida 16
Riverside County Office of Education Riverside California 16
Piedmont Technical College Greenwood South Carolina 16
Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology Chicago Illinois 16
North-West College-Pomona Pomona California 16
Milan Institute-Nampa Nampa Idaho 16
Midwest Technical Institute-Moline Moline Illinois 16
Meridian Technology Center Stillwater Oklahoma 16
Hawaii Medical College Honolulu Hawaii 16
Everest Institute-Tigard Tigard Oregon 16
Everest Institute-Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 16
Dorsey Business Schools-Wayne Wayne Michigan 16
Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants-Lyndhurst Lyndhurst Ohio 16
Carrington College California-San Jose San Jose California 16
Brown Mackie College-Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio 16
Baker College of Port Huron Port Huron Michigan 16
Antilles School of Technical Careers San Juan Puerto Rico 16
Fortis College-Smyrna Smyrna Georgia 15
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Roswell New Mexico 15
Daymar Institute-Clarksville Clarksville Tennessee 15
College of the Mainland Texas City Texas 15
Chemeketa Community College Salem Oregon 15
Carrington College California-Antioch Antioch California 15
Capital Area Technical College Baton Rouge Louisiana 15
Brown Mackie College-Atlanta Atlanta Georgia 15
Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 15
Asher College Sacramento California 15
Arapahoe Community College Littleton Colorado 15
Virginia College-Jackson Jackson Mississippi 15
Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe West Monroe Louisiana 15
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College Roosevelt Utah 15
Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Center Minneapolis Minnesota http://WWW.SAOIC.ORG 15
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino California 15
North-West College-Riverside Riverside California 15
Los Angeles ORT College-Los Angeles Campus Los Angeles California 15
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway South Carolina 15
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Arecibo Puerto Rico 14
Everest Institute-Jonesboro Jonesboro Georgia 14
Daymar College-Louisville Louisville Kentucky 14
College of the Sequoias Visalia California 14
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire Wisconsin 14
Carrington College-Boise Boise Idaho 14
Anthem College-Minnesota Saint Louis Park Minnesota 14
Anthem College-Fenton Fenton Missouri 14
Alvin Community College Alvin Texas 14
Westside Tech Winter Garden Florida 14
Virginia College-Huntsville Huntsville Alabama http://WWW.VC.EDU 14
Trident Technical College Charleston South Carolina 14
Ridge Career Center Winter Haven Florida 14
Richmond School of Health and Technology CHESTER Virginia 14
Platt College-Tulsa Tulsa Oklahoma 14
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Media Pennsylvania 14
National University College-Rio Grande Rio Grande Puerto Rico 14
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Guayama Guayama Puerto Rico 13
Great Lakes Institute of Technology Erie Pennsylvania 13
El Paso Community College El Paso Texas 13
Eastern Arizona College Thatcher Arizona 13
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Iowa 13
Daymar College-Bowling Green Bowling Green Kentucky 13
Brown Mackie College-Akron Akron Ohio 13
Brewster Technical Center Tampa Florida 13
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville Wisconsin 13
Bidwell Training Center Inc Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 13
Atenas College Manati Puerto Rico 13
Virginia College-Columbus Columbus Georgia 13
Virginia College-Austin Austin Texas 13
Vatterott College-Spring Valley Omaha Nebraska 13
Vatterott College-Joplin Joplin Missouri 13
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens Athens Tennessee 13
State Fair Community College Sedalia Missouri 13
Southeastern Technical College Vidalia Georgia 13
Sanford-Brown College-Columbus Columbus Ohio 13
Platt College-Lawton Lawton Oklahoma 13
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Johnstown Pennsylvania 13
Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls Minnesota 13
North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit Kansas 13
Milan Institute-Amarillo Amarillo Texas 13
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh North Carolina 12
Vernon College Vernon Texas 12
Stratford University Fairfax Virginia 12
Southern State Community College Hillsboro Ohio 12
National College-Dayton Kettering Ohio 12
Midwest Institute Fenton Missouri 12
InterCoast Career Institute-South Portland South Portland Maine 12
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas Barranquitas Puerto Rico 12
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville Alabama 12
Gateway Technical College Kenosha Wisconsin 12
Fortis Institute-Forty Fort Forty Fort Pennsylvania 12
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville Florida 12
Everest College-Thornton Thornton Colorado 12
Daymar Institute-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 12
Concorde Career Institute-Orlando Orlando Florida 12
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington North Carolina 12
Mid Michigan Community College Harrison Michigan 11
Michigan Career and Technical Institute Plainwell Michigan 11
Louisiana State University-Alexandria Alexandria Louisiana 11
Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus Van Nuys California 11
Laurel Business Institute Uniontown Pennsylvania 11
Lanier Technical College Oakwood Georgia 11
ICPR Junior College-Manati Arecibo Puerto Rico 11
Fortis College-Winter Park Winter Park Florida 11
Everest College-Salt Lake City West Valley City Utah 11
East Valley Institute of Technology Mesa Arizona 11
Community College of Beaver County Monaca Pennsylvania 11
Carver Career Center Charleston West Virginia 11
St Louis College of Health Careers-Fenton Fenton Missouri 11
Salter School-New Bedford New Bedford Massachusetts 11
Platt College-Central OKC Oklahoma City Oklahoma 11
Opportunities Industrialization Center Fairmont West Virginia 11
North Idaho College Coeur d'Alene Idaho 11
Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington West Virginia 11
National College-Youngstown Youngstown Ohio 10
National American University-Bloomington Bloomington Minnesota 10
Genesis Career College-Cookeville Cookeville Tennessee 10
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem North Carolina 10
Daymar Institute-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro Tennessee 10
Daymar College-Jackson Jackson Ohio 10
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 10
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago Illinois 10
Casper College Casper Wyoming 10
Blake Austin College Vacaville California 10
Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe Arkansas 10
Unitech Training Academy-Houma Houma Louisiana 10
South Central College North Mankato Minnesota 10
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Washington 10
Ross Medical Education Center-Granger Granger Indiana 10
Ross College-Sylvania Sylvania Ohio 10
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District Chillicothe Ohio 10
Pensacola State College Pensacola Florida 10
North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville Georgia 10
National University College-Ponce Ponce Puerto Rico 10
Yakima Valley Community College Yakima Washington 9
University of Antelope Valley Lancaster California 9
Universidad Metropolitana Cupey Puerto Rico 9
Traviss Career Center Lakeland Florida 9
The University of Montana Missoula Montana 9
Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac Michigan 9
Southeastern Community College Whiteville North Carolina 9
Sanford-Brown Institute-Trevose Trevose Pennsylvania 9
Richland Community College Decatur Illinois 9
Penn Commercial Business/Technical School Washington Pennsylvania 9
Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa Louisiana 9
National American University-Roseville Roseville Minnesota 9
Manatee Technical Institute Bradenton Florida 9
Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont Texas 9
ICDC College Huntington Park California 9
Fortis Institute-Erie Erie Pennsylvania 9
Durham Technical Community College Durham North Carolina 9
Columbia Centro Universitario-Yauco Yauco Puerto Rico 9
Chicago ORT Technical Institute Skokie Illinois 9
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter South Carolina 9
CBD College Los Angeles California 9
Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill California 9
Brown Mackie College-St Louis Fenton Missouri 9
Brown Mackie College-Louisville Louisville Kentucky 9
Allied Health Careers Austin Texas 9
Medical Institute of Palm Beach Greenacres Florida 8
Lamar State College-Orange Orange Texas 8
Gateway Community and Technical College Florence Kentucky 8
Fortis College-Montgomery Montgomery Alabama 8
Everest Institute-Bensalem Bensalem Pennsylvania 8
Eagle Gate College-Layton Layton Utah 8
Daymar College-Scottsville Scottsville Kentucky 8
Central Arizona College Coolidge Arizona 8
Brown Mackie College-San Antonio San Antonio Texas 8
Brown Mackie College-Findlay Findlay Ohio 8
Augusta Technical College Augusta Georgia 8
Atlantic Technical Center Coconut Creek Florida 8
Amarillo College Amarillo Texas 8
Valley College of Medical Careers West Hills California 8
Snow College Ephraim Utah 8
RGV Careers Pharr Texas 8
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon Iowa 8
North-West College-Pasadena Pasadena California 8
Mohave Community College Kingman Arizona 8
Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins Georgia 7
Carrington College California-Pomona Pomona California 7
Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky Fort Mitchell Kentucky 7
Brown Mackie College-North Canton Canton Ohio 7
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Ashland Ohio 7
Winter Park Tech Winter Park Florida 7
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education Ventura California 7
Southwest Georgia Technical College Thomasville Georgia 7
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-McAllen McAllen Texas 7
Scioto County Career Technical Center Lucasville Ohio 7
Sanford-Brown College-Dallas Dallas Texas 7
Ross Medical Education Center-Ontario Ontario Ohio 7
Ross Medical Education Center-Davison Davison Michigan 7
Roane State Community College Harriman Tennessee 7
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills Michigan 7
Lincoln Technical Institute-Fern Park Fern Park Florida 7
Laurel Technical Institute Sharon Pennsylvania 7
Jones County Junior College Ellisville Mississippi 7
InterCoast Career Institute-Salem Salem New Hampshire 7
Indian River State College Fort Pierce Florida 7
IBMC College Fort Collins Colorado 7
Hibbing Community College Hibbing Minnesota 7
Cisco College Cisco Texas 7
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-Brownsville Brownsville Texas 6
San Joaquin Valley College-Temecula Temecula California 6
Salem Community College Carneys Point New Jersey 6
Ross Medical Education Center-Morgantown Morgantown West Virginia 6
Ross Medical Education Center-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Indiana 6
Ross Medical Education Center-Brighton Brighton Michigan 6
Pike County Joint Vocational School District Piketon Ohio 6
National American University-Sioux Falls Sioux Falls South Dakota 6
Mid-South Community College West Memphis Arkansas 6
Lively Technical Center Tallahassee Florida 6
Johnston Community College Smithfield North Carolina 6
Jackson College Jackson Michigan 6
ICPR Junior College-Arecibo Arecibo Puerto Rico 6
First Coast Technical College Saint Augustine Florida 6
Everest College-Burr Ridge Burr Ridge Illinois 6
Delaware Area Career Center Delaware Ohio 6
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Brecksville Ohio 6
Craven Community College New Bern North Carolina 6
Career Quest Learning Centers-Lansing Lansing Michigan 6
Career Quest Learning Centers-Jackson Jackson Michigan 6
American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education Piscataway New Jersey 6
Trumbull Career & Technical Center Warren Ohio 6
Southeastern Institute-Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina 6
York Technical College Rock Hill South Carolina 5
West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg West Virginia 5
Provo College Provo Utah 5
National College-Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio 5
Madison Media Institute - Rockford Career College Rockford Illinois 5
Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown Maryland 5
Franklin Technology-MSSU Joplin Missouri http:// 5
Fortis Institute-Grand Prairie Grand Prairie Texas 5
Fortis College-Columbus Westerville Ohio 5
Daymar College-Bellevue Bellevue Kentucky 5
Choffin Career and Technical Center Youngstown Ohio 5
Yorktowne Business Institute York Pennsylvania http:// 4
Virginia College-Knoxville Knoxville Tennessee 4
Turtle Mountain Community College Belcourt North Dakota 4
Southeastern Institute-Charleston North Charleston South Carolina 4
South Suburban College South Holland Illinois 4
North Iowa Area Community College Mason City Iowa 4
Midwestern Career College Chicago Illinois 4
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Canfield Ohio 4
Lincoln Trail College Robinson Illinois 4
Healthcare Training Institute Kenner Louisiana 4
Fortis Institute-Mulberry Mulberry Florida 4
Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell Montana 4
Dorsey Business Schools-Lansing Lansing Michigan 4
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Texas 4
Daymar College-Owensboro Owensboro Kentucky 4
Daymar College-New Boston New Boston Ohio 4
D A Dorsey Educational Center Miami Florida 4
Cosumnes River College Sacramento California 4
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord North Carolina 4
Anthem College-Denver Aurora Colorado 4
Marygrove College Detroit Michigan 3
Henry Ford Community College Dearborn Michigan 3
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Minnesota 3
Everest College-Woodbridge Woodbridge Virginia 3
Everest College-Merrillville Merrillville Indiana 3
Cape Coral Institute of Technology Cape Coral Florida 3
Academy of Careers and Technology Beckley West Virginia 3
Wayne Community College Goldsboro North Carolina 3
Vantage Career Center Van Wert Ohio 3
Tri-County Adult Career Center Nelsonville Ohio 3
Southeast Community College Area Lincoln Nebraska 3
Ross Medical Education Center-Niles Niles Ohio 3
Ross Medical Education Center-Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio 3
National College-Willoughby Hills Willoughby Hills Ohio 3
National College-Stow Stow Ohio 3
Miles Community College Miles City Montana 3
International Business College-El Paso El Paso Texas http:// 2
ICPR Junior College-Mayaguez Mayaguez Puerto Rico 2
High Plains Technology Center Woodward Oklahoma 2
Career Quest Learning Center-Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Michigan 2
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County Newark Ohio 2
Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee Florida 2
Southeastern Institute-Columbia Columbia South Carolina 2
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Mayaguez Puerto Rico 2
National College-Columbus Columbus Ohio 2
Lower Columbia College Longview Washington 2
West Shore Community College Scottville Michigan 1
West Los Angeles College Culver City California 1
Riverland Community College Austin Minnesota 1
Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus Bridgeview Illinois 1
Northwestern College-Chicago Campus Chicago Illinois 1
National American University-Lee's Summit Lee's Summit Missouri 1
National American University-Austin Austin Texas 1
Madonna University Livonia Michigan 1
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville Iowa 1
InterCoast Colleges-Carson Carson California 1
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro San Juan Puerto Rico 1
ICPR Junior College-General Institutional Hato Rey Puerto Rico 1
College of Southern Maryland La Plata Maryland 1
Coastal Bend College Beeville Texas 1
Brookline College-Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Oklahoma 1
Bristol Community College Fall River Massachusetts 1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Hybrid & online programs

Rasmussen College - Online
Pharmacy Technician (Certificate)
Penn Foster Career School (Pharmacy Tech)
Online Career Diploma - Pharmacy Technician
Johns Hopkins University (AAP)
MS - Biotechnology
MS - Bioinformatics
MS - Regulatory Science

Completing pharmacy technician courses online is a great way for busy people to further their education without having to travel to campus. Many schools offer a selection of courses online while others offer completely online pharmacy tech programs. It is important to note that clinical experience, while not a requirement for licensing in every state, can be a major factor when it comes to finding employment. For this reason, in most cases it is best to choose an online program that also offers externship placement.

  • San Francisco State University: As part of their extended learning program, SFSU offers an online pharmacy technician program that students can complete at their own pace. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a professional development certificate and be eligible to take the PTCB certification exam.

  • Coastal Carolina Community College: At CCCC, students can choose from a classroom track, a hybrid program, or an entirely online pharmacy tech course of study. Although the school does offer job placement assistance, there is no clinical externship component of this particular program, which may make it less attractive to some students.

  • Ashworth College: Ashworth College offers a hybrid program that has both online components and a 120-hour clinical externship placement. This allows students to truly learn at their own pace while also getting the experience that many employers wants. Although there is no age requirement for enrolling in the program, students must be at least 18 years of age to complete the externship portion.

School City State Website Total grads (2013)
Ultimate Medical Academy-Tampa Tampa Florida 1115
University of Phoenix-Online Campus Phoenix Arizona 173
Rasmussen College-Florida Ocala Florida 168
Virginia College-Columbia Columbia South Carolina 133
Charter College-Canyon Country Canyon Country California 122
Everest University-North Orlando Orlando Florida 83
Charter College-Anchorage Anchorage Alaska 79
Rasmussen College-Minnesota St. Cloud Minnesota 79
Rasmussen College-Illinois Rockford Illinois 56
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland Wisconsin 55
Ayers Career College Shreveport Louisiana 54
Everest University-Melbourne Melbourne Florida 54
Allied American University Laguna Hills California 51
Northwest Vista College San Antonio Texas 41
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs Colorado 41
Virginia College-Montgomery Montgomery Alabama 37
Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio 34
Everest College-Portland Portland Oregon 33
Everest University-Brandon Tampa Florida 31
Virginia College-Birmingham Birmingham Alabama 29
Pioneer Career and Technology Center Shelby Ohio 25
City College of San Francisco San Francisco California 24
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls Minnesota 24
Rasmussen College-Wisconsin Green Bay Wisconsin 23
Everest University-Tampa Tampa Florida 22
Community Care College Tulsa Oklahoma 19
Vincennes University Vincennes Indiana 16
Crowder College Neosho Missouri 13
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage Alaska 13
Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay Oregon 12
Kirtland Community College Roscommon Michigan 11
National American University-Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Center Minnesota 11
Daymar College-Online Louisville Kentucky 9
Great Falls College Montana State University Great Falls Montana 9
Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson Kansas 8
North Central Missouri College Trenton Missouri 7
Allen County Community College Iola Kansas 4
Daymar College-Paducah Main Paducah Kentucky 4
National American University-Independence Independence Missouri 3
Four County Career Center Archbold Ohio 2
Yavapai College Prescott Arizona 2
Barton County Community College Great Bend Kansas 1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Core & Elective Courses

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has made their Pharmacy Technician and Training Program Model Curriculum available online. The curriculum can be accessed on the ASHP website. According to this model, pharmacy technician students should spend their educational efforts cultivating interpersonal knowledge and skills as well as foundational professional knowledge and skills. Some of the career-specific goals of the curriculum include:

  • process and handling of medications
  • sterile and nonsterile compounding
  • procurement billing, reimbursement and inventory management
  • patient and medication safety
  • technology and informatics
  • regulatory issues
  • quality assurance

Each course in a typical pharmacy technician curriculum should further at least one of the above goals. Because these programs typically last two years or less, there is little time for elective courses while striving to meet these model curriculum goals. Curricula may be organized to use a combination of didactic, laboratory, and experiential training techniques for each of their courses.


Institutions of higher learning seek accreditation to guarantee to their incoming students that their education will be held to the high standards of accrediting bodies. Schools usually have institutional accreditation in addition to program-specific accreditations. Institutions may be accredited by regional groups, such as the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCC) or the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Any individual school's accreditation information should be readily available on its website.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) offers accreditation that is specific to pharmacist technician programs. In order to become accredited, schools must complete an application, including a professional record and CV for the pharmacy technician training program director and submit an application fee. Upon receipt of these materials, ASHP will schedule an onsite accreditation survey to determine the school's eligibility.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) also offers accreditation for pharmacy schools but not specifically for pharmacy tech programs. The programs must meet all 30 of the ACPE standards. More information on their accreditation process is available on their website.

Going forward, students should look for more schools to earn accreditation from the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission, which is a joint effort between the ASHP and the ACPE. The program only began in late 2014, but should help to define a more lofty and standard set of practices for pharmacy technician schools, making it easier to ensure a quality education for pharmacy tech students.

Career Outlook

The outlook for pharmacy technicians jobs is quite good. Between 2016 and 2026, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 12 percent, which is significantly higher than the average job growth rate of 7 percent (BLS 2017). Although people of all ages can and do use prescription medications, older adults tend to use more and take medication more often. Therefore, as the U.S. population ages, there will be a higher demand for prescription medication and consequently for those professionals who are able to assist with dispensing it, such as pharmacy technicians. Higher rates of chronic diseases have also been reported in the U.S., such as diabetes, which require long-term prescriptions, also fostering a demand for pharmacy technicians. Further, as the Affordable Care Act has found more Americans with health insurance than ever before, those patients may begin to take medications that they were unable to afford before. The majority of pharmacy technicians (52 percent as of 2017) work in pharmacies and drugstores, but a certain percentage also work in hospitals, grocery stores, general merchandise stores, and ambulatory healthcare services. As more pharmacies and pharmaceuticals are necessary, more diverse employers may start to emerge as well.

Finally, at many pharmacies, pharmacists are being expected to take on more patient care activities, including administering flu shots. This means an increased need for pharmacy technicians to sort, dose, and prepare prescriptions.

Career Facts Pharmacy Technician
Related CareersDental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Records and Health Information Technician
Common Job TitlesAccredited Pharmacy Technician, Billing And Quality Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), Compounding Technician, Pharmacy Technician
Technology & EquipmentAutomatic Dose Strip Packaging Machines, Tube Filling and Crimping Machines, Billing and Reimbursement Software, Darabase Software, Drug Compatability Software, Inventory Management Software, Label-Making Software, Medical Software
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Licensing & Certification

Pharmacy technicians are licensed on a state by state basis so it is critical that anyone pursuing this career become familiar with the licensing requirements in their own state. Prospective applicants should also be advised that state regulations can and do change, so it is wise to seek confirmation on any given state's requirements prior to enrolling in a pharmacy technician training program. More information on state requirements is available from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

Some states either accept or require certification from a nationally recognized body as part of their registration or licensing process. The NHA offers the Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT), which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers their own certification exam, which includes a criminal background check followed by an exam. Both the PTCB and the NHA require that Certified Pharmacy Technicians maintain their certification with approved continuing education courses throughout the course of their career.