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Earn Your Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Our Pharmacy Technician Certificate will start you on the path to become a crucial player in the growing healthcare field in as few as nine months.*

Experienced instructors lead you through a skills-based curriculum, and our virtual practicum allows you to rehearse real-life scenarios that give you confidence in your skills from day one of your new career. By the end of this program, you'll be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). And when you want to advance your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Pharmacy Technician Certificate credits to earn a Health Sciences Associate's degree in just nine more months.*

Students in the state of Illinois may earn a Pharmacy Technician Diploma or Associate’s degree. Download the Illinois course catalog for program details.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate9 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 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:

  • Prepare and Handle Medications

    Learn to read medication orders, fill prescriptions, prepare labels and perform inventory functions within the pharmacy setting.

  • Safety and Quality Assurance

    Understand required safety and infection-control policies and procedures to protect patients and employees.

  • In-Demand Technical Skills

    Gain practical experience using pharmacy software, technology and informatics to manage the pharmacy and process medication orders to support pharmacists in a retail setting.

  • Professional Practice Skills

    Ensure patient confidentiality by providing a high level of customer service to patients at the pharmacy counter or over the phone.

PTCE Exam Preparation

Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) in each aspect of your coursework, giving you the expertise and confidence to perform well on your first try. Rasmussen College even reimburses the cost of your application fee for the exam.*

*Rasmussen College will reimburse the application fee for each qualified student’s first PTCE exam attempt. Subsequent attempts will not be covered.

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
  • Cub Foods
  • Allina Health
  • Shopko
  • Fairview Health Services

115 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

Average Starting Salary

for our Pharmacy Technician Graduates:

  • Certificate$24,049

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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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%

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, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

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