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Earn Your Pharmacy Technician Degree

In our competitively-priced Pharmacy Technician Certificate, Diploma or Pharmacy Technician Associate's degree, you prepare to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) upon graduation so you can become eligible to practice as a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT).

As an Associate's degree graduate, you can choose to enter the workforce, or you can continue your education by seamlessly transferring your credits into our Healthcare Management Bachelor's degree. Or, enter the workforce as quickly as possible by completing our Pharmacy Technician Certificate in as few as nine months.*

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate9-12 Months
Diploma12-18 Months
Associate's Degree18-21 Months

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*Students in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah and Washington are not currently eligible for enrollment in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program.

Gain Pharmacy Technician Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and convenient, online and on-campus courses, you can prepare for a successful career as a pharmacy technician. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Professional Confidence

    Receive, interpret, input and fill prescriptions using the latest software programs so you can confidently fill prescriptions and understand pharmacy operations.

  • Comfort Across a Variety of Settings

    Receive experience in retail and hospital environments so you can work in a variety of professional settings after graduation.

  • Safety Through Technical Knowledge

    Gain a thorough understanding of pharmaceutical terminology and math to ensure patient safety from day one.

  • Written and Verbal Communication

    Hone written and verbal communication skills to advocate for patients and ensure confidentiality.

Preparation and Fees for Your PTCE Exam

The application fee for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Exam (PTCE) is included in your tuition, keeping you on track to be eligible to practice as a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT).**

**Rasmussen College will cover the application fee for each first attempt of all of the industry certification exams for which you qualify to take. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Health Science programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • Mayo Clinic Health Systems
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • CVS
  • Walmart
  • Essentia Health
  • Rainbow Foods
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Cub Foods
  • Allina Health
  • Shopko
  • Fairview Health Services


Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates across all programs are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

Average Starting Salary

for our Pharmacy Technician Graduates:

  • Certificate$24,049
  • Associate's Degree$24,150

Program Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting all other admissions requirements, applicants to this program must successfully complete and pass a criminal background check. Contact us today to connect with a program manager about the entrance requirements and start your personal career plan.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Pharmacy Technician?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for health sciences professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Pharmacy Technicians$20,640$24,440$29,65020%
Pharmacy Aides$17,160$19,070$22,58011%

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,,

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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