Help Pharmacists Deliver Safe and Effective Medication

Pharmacy Technician Associate’s Degree or Certificate

As a student in our fully-online and competitively-priced Pharmacy Technician Certificate or Pharmacy Technician Associate’s degree, you will become prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) upon graduation and be eligible to practice as a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT).*

To help you enter the workforce as quickly as possible, our Pharmacy Technician Certificate—available fully online—can be completed in as little as nine months.



Develop the Pharmacy Technician Skills Needed to Succeed

Curriculum in our Pharmacy Technician Certificate and Pharmacy Technician Associate's degree includes first-hand experience and in-depth coursework that allows you to help commercial or hospital pharmacists provide safe and effective medication to their patients:

  • Composition of commonly-prescribed drugs
  • Drug interactions when combined
  • Effect of medications on a patient's body

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 program.

complete the contact request form on the right, or call us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer your questions.

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

Program Highlights
  • Lab experience to prepare you for a real-world career
  • Industry-experienced instructors to help you succeed in your career
  • Online or on campus classes to fit your schedule

Pharmacy Technician Degree and Certificate Courses

When you graduate with a Pharmacy Technician Associate’s degree or certificate, you will understand medical terminology, medical law and ethics, and pharmacy math. As a pharmacy technician, you’ll receive, interpret, input, and fill prescriptions—and use computer programs to complete certain tasks.

  • Receive, interpret, and fill prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist
  • Understand typical drugs used for most common disease
  • Use pharmacy software to enter patient profiles and process prescriptions
  • Support a pharmacist in a commercial or hospital setting

Sample Course List

Customer Service
This course covers the basic concepts of essential communication skills needed in business to interact/work effectively with individuals and/or groups. Special areas of emphasis include solving problems, developing a customer service strategy, coping with challenging customers, increasing customer retention and surveying customer satisfaction.
Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional
This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.
Introduction to Pharmacy
An introduction to the technician's role in pharmacy practice. The student will gain a basic knowledge of chemistry and become knowledgeable in correct use of CPR. Emphasis will be on patient profiles, receiving and interpreting drug orders, routes of administration, dosage forms, and brand versus generic drugs. The importance of accuracy will be addressed along with methods of avoiding medication errors.
Pharmacy Technician Capstone
This course is an overview of all pharmacy technician program courses and concepts, with an emphasis on the reviewing and preparation of materials which comprise the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course fee.

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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
$2,281,040
4.9%
Associate's Degree
$1,763,440
6.8%
Some College
$1,622,240
8.7%
High School Diploma
$1,367,880
9.4%

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

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Pharmacy Aides$16,890$18,590$21,860
Pharmacy Technicians$20,580$24,320$29,320

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

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

Salary data includes earnings of March 2012 – December 2012 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Pharmacy Technician graduates:

Associate's
$24,380
Certificate
$23,254

Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study
  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have earned the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS or CCS-P) from AHIMA. In addition, an X-ray operator license may also be considered.
 
 
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