Pharmacy Technician Schools

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

Between 2021 and 2031, the U.S. alone is expected to add 22,400 pharmacy technician jobs—a 5 percent increase nationally—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2022). As pharmacists are called away from the pill-sorting machines to interact directly with patients, administer flu shots and vaccinations, and counsel on drug interactions, pharmacy technicians step in to take on much of the day-to-day pharmacy operations.

And pharmacy organizations are not blind to this increased need. National pharmacy education organizations have begun to work together 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 Created22,400
Projected Job Growth5%
Average Salary$37,970
Low Salary$28,740
High Salary$47,580
Entry-Level EDU HS Diploma
Sourced from BLS 2022

Pharmacy Technician 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 a high school diploma. No experience is required.

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 Clover Park Technical College, pharmacy technician students will work towards an associate of applied technology (AAT) degree in five quarters, with courses starting every spring and fall quarter. The program combines classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience for a well-rounded pharmacy technician background. The program offers hands-on classroom and laboratory training and three months of on-the-job training.

Classes take place at either the Lakewood or Puyallup, Washington campus. Students can alternatively pursue a certificate, which takes three to four quarters to complete. Both pharmacy technician programs at CPTC are ASHP/ACPE accredited.

The AAT degree comprises 92 credits, while the certificate comprises 44 credits. The curriculum includes courses such as pharmaceutical calculations; pharmacology; generic drug names; medication research; introduction to pharmacy & pharmacy law; and hospital practice.

  • Location: Lakewood, WA; Puyallup, WA
  • Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); ASHP/ACPE
  • Expected Time to Completion: AAT (five quarters); certificate (three quarters)
  • Estimated Tuition: Resident ($119.13 per credit); non-resident ($306.92 per credit)

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, five years of professional work experience, or ACT or SAT scores. The program consists of 20 weeks of didactic instruction, which students can complete online, simultaneous hands-on observation and training, and a 200-hour externship.

  • Location: Cleveland, OH
  • Accreditation: ASHP/ACPE
  • Expected Time to Completion: 12 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $2,500

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, a prerequisite for obtaining employment as a pharmacy technician in California. The certificate requires students to complete 31 units, while the associate’s degree comprises 60 semester-units.

The curriculum includes courses such as medication calculations; pharmaceutical calculations; pharmacy operations; over-the-counter products; pharmacy technician pharmacology; medical terminology; and an introduction to anatomy and physiology.

  • Location: Norwalk, CA
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC); ASHP/ACPE
  • Expected Time to Completion: Less than 12 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $23,677 total

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 clock-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).

Consisting of 35.5 credits, this hybrid program includes courses such as pharmacy law and ethics; pharmacy math; inventory maintenance; pharmacology; principles of customer service; pharmacy computer applications; and chemistry fundamentals. All courses within this program are acceptable for credit toward Pima Medical Institute’s health care administration associate of applied science degree program.

  • Location: Mesa and Tucson, AZ; Chula Vista and San Marcos, CA; Colorado Springs and Denver, CO; Las Vegas, NV; Albuquerque, NM; El Paso, Houston, and, San Antonio, TX; Renton, WA
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Nine months
  • Estimated Tuition: Albuquerque (on-ground: $18,219, hybrid: $18,732); Chula Vista (on-ground: $17,664, hybrid: $18,140); Colorado Springs ($16,909); Denver (on-ground: $16,909, hybrid: $17,385); El Paso (on-ground: $16,909, hybrid: $17,385); Houston ($16,909); Las Vegas ($16,909); Mesa (on-ground: $16,909, hybrid: $17,385); Renton ($17,911); San Antonio (on-ground: $16,909, hybrid: $17,385); San Marcos ($17,664); Tucson (on-ground: $16,909, hybrid: $17,385)

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List of Pharmacy Technician Schools

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National University College Bayamon Puerto Rico 284
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia California 188
Florida Vocational Institute Miami Florida 151
Manhattan Institute New York New York 114
Mountainland Technical College Lehi Utah 89
Concorde Career College-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 86
Downey Adult School Downey California 79
Pima Medical Institute-Chula Vista Chula Vista California 74
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Indiana 71
Columbus State Community College Columbus Ohio 67
Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Carolina Campus Carolina Puerto Rico 67
American Career College-Los Angeles Los Angeles California 65
American Career College-Ontario Ontario California 62
UEI College-Fresno Fresno California 60
Davis Technical College Kaysville Utah 59
Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Gurabo Campus Gurabo Puerto Rico 59
Universidad Ana G. Mendez-Cupey Campus San Juan Puerto Rico 56
Remington College-Memphis Campus Memphis Tennessee 54
UEI College-Bakersfield Bakersfield California 54
UEI College-Riverside Riverside California 53
Santa Ana College Santa Ana California 51
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 49
Contra Costa Medical Career College Antioch California 48
Florida Education Institute Miami Florida 48
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla Aguadilla Puerto Rico 48
Imperial Valley College Imperial California 47
Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Mesa Arizona 47
Unitek College Fremont California 44
North-West College-West Covina West Covina California 43
Tulsa Technology Center Tulsa Oklahoma 43
American Career College-Anaheim Anaheim California 41
Arizona College-Glendale Glendale Arizona 41
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar Miramar Florida 41
New Horizons Medical Institute Norcross Georgia 41
Southern Careers Institute-Pharr Pharr Texas 41
United Education Institute-Encino Encino California 40
Fortis College-Cutler Bay Cutler Bay Florida 39
Concorde Career Institute-Orlando Orlando Florida 39
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Texas 39
Dixie Technical College Saint George Utah 38
ASA College Brooklyn New York 37
Clark College Vancouver Washington 37
St Louis College of Health Careers-St Louis Saint Louis Missouri 37
Remington College-Dallas Campus Garland Texas 36
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Illinois 36
Brookline College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 35
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 35
Albany Technical College Albany Georgia 34
CBD College Los Angeles California 34
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga California 34
Houston Community College Houston Texas 34
Lone Star College System The Woodlands Texas 34
Unitech Training Academy-Lafayette Lafayette Louisiana 34
Charles A Jones Career and Education Center Sacramento California 33
Wichita Technical Institute Wichita Kansas 33
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque New Mexico 32
Cerritos College Norwalk California 32
Orange Technical College-Winter Park Campus Winter Park Florida 32
Antilles School of Technical Careers San Juan Puerto Rico 31
Access Careers Hempstead New York 31
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German San German Puerto Rico 31
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Washington 30
Hawaii Medical College Honolulu Hawaii 30
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Tucson Arizona 30
Remington College-Shreveport Campus Shreveport Louisiana 29
Carrington College-Stockton Stockton California 29
Northwest Career College Las Vegas Nevada 29
United Education Institute-West Covina West Covina California 29
Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park California 28
Chemeketa Community College Salem Oregon 28
Southeastern College-West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Florida 28
Altierus Career College-Tampa Tampa Florida 27
Arizona College-Mesa Mesa Arizona 27
North-West College-Riverside Riverside California 27
Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin Georgia 27
Augusta Technical College Augusta Georgia 26
Carrington College-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 26
El Paso Community College El Paso Texas 26
North-West College-Long Beach Long Beach California 26
Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado 26
Ponce Paramedical College Inc Ponce Puerto Rico 26
Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio 26
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta Georgia 25
Carrington College-Phoenix East Phoenix Arizona 25
Charter College Vancouver Washington 25
Concorde Career Institute-Tampa Tampa Florida 25
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo Arecibo Puerto Rico 25
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa California 25
Southern Careers Institute-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Texas 25
Unitech Training Academy-Houma Houma Louisiana 25
Foothill College Los Altos Hills California 24
Fortis College-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 24
High Desert Medical College Lancaster California 24
Huertas College Caguas Puerto Rico 24
Osceola Technical College Kissimmee Florida 24
Pima Medical Institute-Renton Renton Washington 24
Baker College Flint Michigan 23
Bossier Parish Community College Bossier City Louisiana 23
Fortis College-Smyrna Smyrna Georgia 23
Infinity College Lafayette Louisiana 23
Pickens Technical College Aurora Colorado 23
Spokane Community College Spokane Washington 23
Unitech Training Academy-Alexandria Alexandria Louisiana 23
Unitech Training Academy-West Monroe West Monroe Louisiana 23
Vista Adult School Vista California 23
CCI Training Center-Arlington Arlington Texas 22
Davidson County Community College Thomasville North Carolina 22
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon Bayamon Puerto Rico 22
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Metro San Juan Puerto Rico 22
InterCoast Colleges-Fairfield Fairfield California 22
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids Iowa 22
North-West College-Glendale Glendale California 22
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino California 22
Southern Careers Institute-San Antonio San Antonio Texas 22
West Los Angeles College Culver City California 22
Coyne College Chicago Illinois 21
Fortis College-Montgomery Montgomery Alabama 21
Front Range Community College Westminster Colorado 21
Medical Institute of Palm Beach Greenacres Florida 21
Platt College Tulsa Oklahoma 21
Seminole State College of Florida Sanford Florida 21
UEI College-Gardena Gardena California 21
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce Mercedita Puerto Rico 20
ABC Adult School Cerritos California 20
Atenas College Manati Puerto Rico 20
CEM College-San Juan San Juan Puerto Rico 20
Humacao Community College Humacao Puerto Rico 20
Orange Technical College-Westside Campus Winter Garden Florida 20
West Georgia Technical College Waco Georgia 20
Remington College-Lafayette Campus Lafayette Louisiana 19
Ayers Career College Shreveport Louisiana 19
Carrington College-Sacramento Sacramento California 19
City College of San Francisco San Francisco California 19
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood Washington 19
Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown North Carolina 19
Saint Paul College Saint Paul Minnesota 19
Somerset Community College Somerset Kentucky 19
Tulsa Community College Tulsa Oklahoma 19
United Education Institute-UEI College San Marcos San Marcos California 19
Vance-Granville Community College Henderson North Carolina 19
All-State Career-Baltimore Baltimore Maryland 18
Carrington College-Citrus Heights Citrus Heights California 18
Carrington College-Tucson Tucson Arizona 18
Escondido Adult School Escondido California 18
Institute of Technology Clovis California 18
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Guayama Guayama Puerto Rico 18
Southern Careers Institute-Austin Austin Texas 18
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens Athens Tennessee 18
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 18
Wayne Community College Goldsboro North Carolina 18
Remington College-Fort Worth Campus Fort Worth Texas 17
Asher College Sacramento California 17
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington North Carolina 17
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland Ohio 17
Fortis College-Landover Landover Maryland 17
Fortis Institute-Cookeville Cookeville Tennessee 17
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas Barranquitas Puerto Rico 17
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo Fajardo Puerto Rico 17
Los Angeles ORT College-Los Angeles Campus Los Angeles California 17
North Seattle College Seattle Washington 17
Northwest Educational Center Houston Texas 17
Pima Community College Tucson Arizona 17
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jacksboro Jacksboro Tennessee 17
Vernon College Vernon Texas 17
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh North Carolina 17
Brewster Technical College Tampa Florida 16
Carrington College-Mesa Mesa Arizona 16
CEM College-Humacao Humacao Puerto Rico 16
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga Tennessee 16
Delta College Inc Covington Louisiana 16
Dewey University-Manati Manati Puerto Rico 16
Dorsey Business Schools-Wayne Wayne Michigan 16
Johnston Community College Smithfield North Carolina 16
Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus Van Nuys California 16
Michigan Career and Technical Institute Plainwell Michigan 16
Midlands Technical College West Columbia South Carolina 16
Milan Institute-Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada 16
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver Colorado 16
Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis Tennessee 16
Uintah Basin Technical College Roosevelt Utah 16
Unitech Training Academy-Metairie Metairie Louisiana 16
Cape Coral Technical College Cape Coral Florida 15
Carrington College-Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill California 15
College of the Sequoias Visalia California 15
Columbia Central University-Caguas Caguas Puerto Rico 15
Delgado Community College New Orleans Louisiana 15
Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College Miami Lakes Florida 15
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville Georgia 15
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth Texas 15
Unitech Training Academy-Lake Charles Lake Charles Louisiana 15
Vatterott College-Berkeley Berkeley Missouri 15
Walters State Community College Morristown Tennessee 15
Northshore Technical Community College Lacombe Louisiana 14
Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe Arkansas 14
Austin Community College District Austin Texas 14
Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins Georgia 14
Emerald Coast Technical College DeFuniak Springs Florida 14
Emily Griffith Technical College Denver Colorado 14
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville North Carolina 14
Fortis College-Dothan Dothan Alabama 14
Intellitec College-Grand Junction Grand Junction Colorado 14
Meridian Technology Center Stillwater Oklahoma 14
Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield Springfield Illinois 14
Northwest Suburban College Rollng Meadows Illinois 14
Ross College-Sylvania Sylvania Ohio 14
Trident Technical College Charleston South Carolina 14
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah Kentucky 14
William T McFatter Technical College Davie Florida 14
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Mayaguez Puerto Rico 13
Northwest Vista College San Antonio Texas 13
Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland Maryland 13
Carrington College-Spokane Spokane Washington 13
CEM College-Bayamon Bayamón Puerto Rico 13
Cosumnes River College Sacramento California 13
Fortis College Mobile Alabama 13
InterCoast Colleges-Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova California 13
Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls Minnesota 13
Ogden-Weber Technical College Ogden Utah 13
Pikes Peak Community College Colorado Springs Colorado 13
Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston Texas 13
Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg Saint Petersburg Florida 13
Radford M Locklin Technical Center Milton Florida 13
Renton Technical College Renton Washington 13
South Texas College McAllen Texas 13
Miami Dade College Miami Florida 12
Ridge Technical College Winter Haven Florida 12
Remington College-Mobile Campus Mobile Alabama 12
Remington College-North Houston Campus Houston Texas 12
Carrington College-Portland Portland Oregon 12
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter South Carolina 12
Dorsey Business Schools-Southgate Southgate Michigan 12
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program West Covina California 12
Galaxy Medical College North Hollywood California 12
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway South Carolina 12
Lake Technical College Eustis Florida 12
Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar California 12
Pennco Tech-Blackwood Blackwood New Jersey 12
Pueblo Community College Pueblo Colorado 12
Rio Grande Valley College Pharr Texas 12
Ross Medical Education Center - Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Michigan 12
Ross Medical Education Center-Johnson City Johnson City Tennessee 12
Stratford University Fairfax Virginia 12
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Oneida-Huntsville Huntsville Tennessee 12
Lorenzo Walker Technical College Naples Florida 11
Atlantic Technical College Coconut Creek Florida 11
Brookline College-Tempe Tempe Arizona 11
Brookline College-Tucson Tucson Arizona 11
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago Illinois 11
Colegio Tecnologico y Comercial de Puerto Rico Aguada Puerto Rico 11
Dorsey Business Schools-Saginaw Saginaw Michigan 11
Indian River State College Fort Pierce Florida 11
Lansing Community College Lansing Michigan 11
Midwest Technical Institute-East Peoria East Peoria Illinois 11
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis Minnesota 11
North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville Georgia 11
North-West College-Pomona Pomona California 11
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Livingston Livingston Tennessee 11
Texas State Technical College Waco Texas 11
Vincennes University Vincennes Indiana 11
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City Iowa 11
Angelina College Lufkin Texas 10
Carrington College-San Leandro San Leandro California 10
Henry Ford College Dearborn Michigan 10
Medical Training College Baton Rouge Louisiana 10
North-West College-Santa Ana Santa Ana California 10
Nova College de Puerto Rico Bayamon Puerto Rico 10
Piedmont Technical College Greenwood South Carolina 10
Riverside County Office of Education-School of Career Education Indio California 10
Ross Medical Education Center-Charleston Charleston West Virginia 10
Southeastern College-Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina 10
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro Tennessee 10
University of Antelope Valley Lancaster California 10
Remington College-Columbia Campus Columbia South Carolina 9
Alvin Community College Alvin Texas 9
American College of Healthcare and Technology Riverside California 9
American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education Piscataway New Jersey 9
Carrington College-Boise Boise Idaho 9
CEM College-Mayaguez Mayaguez Puerto Rico 9
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire Wisconsin 9
Columbus Technical College Columbus Georgia 9
Dewey University-Hato Rey Hato Rey Puerto Rico 9
Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Roswell New Mexico 9
EDIC College Caguas Puerto Rico 9
Greenville Technical College Greenville South Carolina 9
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education La Puente California 9
Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville Kentucky 9
Nashville College of Medical Careers Madison Tennessee 9
Ogeechee Technical College Statesboro Georgia 9
Ross Medical Education Center-Huntsville Huntsville Alabama 9
Ross Medical Education Center-Ontario Ontario Ohio 9
Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls South Dakota 9
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg South Carolina 9
Sullivan University Louisville Kentucky 9
Texarkana College Texarkana Texas 9
Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor Michigan 9
American College of Healthcare and Technology Huntington Park California 8
Bridgerland Technical College Logan Utah 8
Broward College Fort Lauderdale Florida 8
Columbia Central University-Yauco Yauco Puerto Rico 8
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Texas 8
Florida Career College-Orlando Orlando Florida 8
Gateway Technical College Kenosha Wisconsin 8
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Wisconsin 8
New Professions Technical Institute Miami Florida 8
Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey Florida 8
Pike County Joint Vocational School District Piketon Ohio 8
Pima Medical Institute-El Paso El Paso Texas 8
Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City Kansas City Missouri 8
Regional Center for Border Health Somerton Arizona 8
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Washington 8
Southern Careers Institute-San Antonio San Antonio Texas 8
Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee Florida 8
The College of Health Care Professions-Austin Austin Texas 8
U S Grant Joint Vocational School Bethel Ohio 8
Valley College of Medical Careers West Hills California 8
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta Georgia 8
American National University Salem Virginia 7
Arkansas Tech University Russellville Arkansas 7
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville North Carolina 7
Ashland Community and Technical College Ashland Kentucky 7
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program Ontario California 7
Bidwell Training Center Inc Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 7
Carrington College-San Jose San Jose California 7
Central Louisiana Technical Community College Alexandria Louisiana 7
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte North Carolina 7
D'Mart Institute Barranquitas Puerto Rico 7
Florida Panhandle Technical College Chipley Florida 7
Louisiana State University-Alexandria Alexandria Louisiana 7
Manatee Technical College Bradenton Florida 7
Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington West Virginia 7
North Central Kansas Technical College Beloit Kansas 7
Quinsigamond Community College Worcester Massachusetts 7
Roane State Community College Harriman Tennessee 7
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson Dickson Tennessee 7
RIVEROAK Technical College Live Oak Florida 6
Lincoln Trail College Robinson Illinois 6
Remington College-Nashville Campus Nashville Tennessee 6
Bay Area Medical Academy San Francisco California 6
Chester Career College CHESTER Virginia 6
Cisco College Cisco Texas 6
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Iowa 6
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston-Salem North Carolina 6
Lamar State College-Orange Orange Texas 6
Lanier Technical College Gainesville Georgia 6
Lively Technical Center Tallahassee Florida 6
Mid Michigan College Harrison Michigan 6
Milan Institute-Sparks Sparks Nevada 6
Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Seattle Washington 6
Ross Medical Education Center-Davison Davison Michigan 6
Ross Medical Education Center-Granger Granger Indiana 6
Ross Medical Education Center-Saginaw Saginaw Michigan 6
South Suburban College South Holland Illinois 6
Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg Illinois 6
Southeastern College-Charleston North Charleston South Carolina 6
Stanly Community College Albemarle North Carolina 6
Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City South Dakota 6
YTI Career Institute-York York Pennsylvania 6
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lincoln Lincoln Rhode Island 5
Aiken Technical College Graniteville South Carolina 5
Amarillo College Amarillo Texas 5
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Minnesota 5
Arapahoe Community College Littleton Colorado 5
College of the Mainland Texas City Texas 5
Dewey University-Juana Díaz Juana Diaz Puerto Rico 5
Educational Technical College-Recinto de Coamo Coamo Puerto Rico 5
ICPR Junior College-Manati Manatí Puerto Rico 5
Jones County Junior College Ellisville Mississippi 5
Pioneer Technology Center Ponca City Oklahoma 5
Pittsburgh Career Institute Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 5
Polaris Career Center Middleburg Heights Ohio 5
Rogue Community College Grants Pass Oregon 5
Ross Medical Education Center-Cincinnati Cincinnati Ohio 5
Ross Medical Education Center-Kentwood Kentwood Michigan 5
Ross Medical Education Center-Lansing Lansing Michigan 5
Ross Medical Education Center-Madison Heights Madison Heights Michigan 5
South Dade Technical College-South Dade Skills Center Campus Leisure City Florida 5
Southeastern Technical College Vidalia Georgia 5
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton South Carolina 5
Warren County Career Center Lebanon Ohio 5
Washington County Career Center-Adult Technical Training Marietta Ohio 5
West Virginia Junior College-Bridgeport Bridgeport West Virginia 5
Gulf Coast State College Panama City Florida 4
Central Ohio Technical College Newark Ohio 4
Central Oregon Community College Bend Oregon 4
College of Southern Maryland La Plata Maryland 4
Crowder College Neosho Missouri 4
Hibbing Community College Hibbing Minnesota 4
Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville Kentucky 4
Hutchinson Community College Hutchinson Kansas 4
ICPR Junior College-General Institutional Hato Rey Puerto Rico 4
Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont Texas 4
North Idaho College Coeur d'Alene Idaho 4
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills Michigan 4
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District Chillicothe Ohio 4
Professional Skills Institute Maumee Ohio 4
Ross Medical Education Center-Brighton Brighton Michigan 4
Ross Medical Education Center-Evansville Evansville Indiana 4
Salem Community College Carneys Point New Jersey 4
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski Pulaski Tennessee 4
The University of Montana Missoula Montana 4
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education Ventura California 4
West Virginia Junior College-Morgantown Morgantown West Virginia 4
Treasure Coast Technical College Vero Beach Florida 3
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Lisbon Ohio 3
American Educational College Bayamon Puerto Rico 3
American National University-Lexington Lexington Kentucky 3
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville Wisconsin 3
Brookline College-Albuquerque Albuquerque New Mexico 3
California Healing Arts College Carson California 3
Durham Technical Community College Durham North Carolina 3
Eagle Gate College-Murray Murray Utah 3
Great Falls College Montana State University Great Falls Montana 3
Laurel Technical Institute Sharon Pennsylvania 3
American National University Nashville Tennessee 3
North-West College-Van Nuys Van Nuys California 3
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon Iowa 3
Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES Liverpool New York 3
Pensacola State College Pensacola Florida 3
Ross Medical Education Center-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan 3
Ross Medical Education Center-Bowling Green Bowling Green Kentucky 3
Ross Medical Education Center-Muncie Muncie Indiana 3
Ross Medical Education Center-Niles Niles Ohio 3
South Central College North Mankato Minnesota 3
South Mountain Community College Phoenix Arizona 3
Southeastern College-Columbia Columbia South Carolina 3
National American University-Independence Independence Missouri 2
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Ashland Ohio 2
Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge Louisiana 2
Carrington College-Phoenix North Phoenix Arizona 2
Casper College Casper Wyoming 2
Central Arizona College Coolidge Arizona 2
Community College of Beaver County Monaca Pennsylvania 2
Daymar College-Murfreesboro Murfreesboro Tennessee 2
Daymar College-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 2
Florida Career College-UEI College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 2
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville Florida 2
Fortis Institute-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 2
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville Alabama 2
Global Medical & Technical Training Institute Miami Florida 2
Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown Maryland 2
Harris School of Business-Linwood Campus Linwood New Jersey 2
High Plains Technology Center Woodward Oklahoma 2
Jackson College Jackson Michigan 2
Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston Idaho 2
Madison Media Institute-Rockford Career College Rockford Illinois 2
Milan Institute-Amarillo Amarillo Texas 2
Montana State University Billings Billings Montana 2
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Johnstown Pennsylvania 2
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Media Pennsylvania 2
Ross Medical Education Center-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Indiana 2
Ross Medical Education Center-Grand Rapids North Grand Rapids Michigan 2
Ross Medical Education Center-Portage Portage Michigan 2
Southeast Community College Area Lincoln Nebraska 2
Unitech Training Academy-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 2
Yakima Valley College Yakima Washington 2
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord North Carolina 1
Pennco Tech-Bristol Bristol Pennsylvania 1
Remington College-Houston Southeast Campus Webster Texas 1
American National University-Dayton Kettering Ohio 1
Bristol Community College Fall River Massachusetts 1
Carrington College-Pomona Pomona California 1
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 1
Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell Montana 1
Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park Minnesota 1
IBMC College Fort Collins Colorado 1
ICPR Junior College-Mayaguez Mayaguez Puerto Rico 1
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa Iowa 1
Kirtland Community College Roscommon Michigan 1
Laurel Business Institute Uniontown Pennsylvania 1
Midstate College Peoria Illinois 1
Midwest Technical Institute-Moline Moline Illinois 1
Miles Community College Miles City Montana 1
Monroe College Bronx New York 1
Navarro College Corsicana Texas 1
North Central Missouri College Trenton Missouri 1
Richland Community College Decatur Illinois 1
Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria Santa Maria California 1
Vatterott College-Joplin Joplin Missouri 1
Vatterott College-Kansas City Kansas City Missouri 1
Wayne County Community College District Detroit Michigan 1
2017-2018 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in November, 2019)

Hybrid & Online Programs for Pharmacy Technicians

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 in 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 its extended learning program, San Francisco State University offers an online pharmacy technician program that students can complete at their own pace.

Upon successfully completing the program, students will earn a professional development certificate and be eligible to take the PTCB certification exam. This program includes an 80-hour externship where students gain hands-on work experience. Tuition is a low $1,399 flat rate for the entire program.

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Up to 9 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,399

Coastal Carolina Community College

At Coastal Carolina Community College, students can choose from a classroom track, a hybrid program, or an entirely online pharmacy tech course of study. Students who choose to complete their coursework on campus can take daytime and weekend classes for greater flexibility. 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.

Students in this 200-hour course are prepared to take national pharmacy technician certification exams and will be trained to work under the supervision of pharmacists in institutional or retail settings. Topics covered include patient safety and quality assurance, federal requirements, medications, regulations and technician duties, order entry processing, the dispensing process, drug and drug products, and math calculations necessary for daily pharmacy operations in various types of pharmacy settings.

  • Location: Jacksonville, NC
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: 200 clock-hours
  • Estimated Tuition: Resident ($81 per credit); non-resident ($273 per credit)

Ashworth College

Ashworth College offers a hybrid program that has both online components and a 160-hour clinical externship placement through a partnership with Walgreens and CVS. This allows students to truly learn at their own pace while also getting the experience that many employers want. Although there is no age requirement for enrolling in the program, students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or its equivalent to complete the externship portion.

Graduates of this program are prepared to take either the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) ExCPT Pharmacy Technician certification exam or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB’s) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

As part of the program, students will explore topics such as introduction to pharmacy; drug classification and pharmaceutical calculations; pharmacology; community and hospital pharmacy practice; and laboratory simulation and certification preparation.

  • Location: Norcross, GA
  • Accreditation: Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
  • Expected Time to Completion: Four to 12 months
  • Estimated Tuition: $1,299
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Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls Minnesota 2
North Central State College Mansfield Ohio 2
Southwestern Oregon Community College Coos Bay Oregon 2
University of Phoenix-Arizona Tempe Arizona 1
2017-2018 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in November, 2019)

Core & Elective Courses for Pharmacy Techs

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has made it’s 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 and foundational professional knowledge and skills. Some of the career-specific skills of the curriculum include:

  • The 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.

Accreditation of Pharmacy Tech Programs

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.

Pharmacy Technician programs are accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), which is a collaboration between the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

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, an onsite accreditation survey will be scheduled to determine the school's eligibility.

Career Outlook

The outlook for pharmacy technician jobs is quite good. Between 2021 and 2031, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 5 percent. 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 can 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 requires long-term prescriptions, also fostering 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 they could not afford. According to the (BLS, pharmacy technicians (50 percent as of 2022) 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 also start to emerge.

Finally, pharmacists are expected to take on more patient care activities at many pharmacies, 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, Database Software, Drug Compatibility Software, Inventory Management Software, Label-Making Software, Medical Software
Sourced from BLS May 2022

How Much Do Pharmacy Technicians Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS May 2022)—the latest data available as of November 2022—there were 453,630 pharmacy technicians working in the United States with an average annual salary of $40,260. They earned the following percentiles:

  • 10th percentile: $29,640
  • 25th percentile: $34,590
  • 50th percentile (median): $37,790
  • 75th percentile: $45,710
  • 90th percentile: $50,640

Licensing & Certification for Pharmacy Technicians

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 before 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 National Healthcareer Association (NHA) offers the Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT), which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers its own Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) 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.

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