Online Pharmacy Technician Program

Certificate

Earn your Pharmacy Technician Certificate online in as few as 9 months and be on your way to becoming a crucial player in a growing healthcare field. 1The instructors within the online Pharmacy Tech school program deliver a skills-based curriculum, and our virtual or workplace practicum allows you to rehearse real-life scenarios that give you career confidence on day one.2 Through career-focused curriculum and convenient, online Pharmacy Technician classes, you'll be learning a variety of essential skills, from the composition of commonly prescribed medications and typical drugs used for many common diseases to how to receive, interpret and fill prescriptions.

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  • PTCB Recognized

    The online Pharmacy Technician program at Rasmussen University is recognized by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board® (ptcb.org), a credentialing organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).3

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  • Online Courses Go Where You Go

    Flexible and affordable, online courses are designed to give you more control and balance over your busy schedule. Learn through live interactive sessions with faculty and peers, real-world projects and virtual labs. You'll receive continued support from admissions advisors, experienced faculty, library and learning resources, experienced tutors, 24/7 tech support, personal student advisors and career services.

  • Preparation for Industry Certification Exams

    Upon graduation of your Pharmacy Technician classes online, you will be prepared and can apply to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination® (PTCE®) or the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT), both highly valued by employers and included in your total program costs.4

  • Institutional Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Seamless Credit Transfers

    When it’s time to advance your career even further, you can seamlessly transfer your Pharmacy Tech online program credits to earn a Healthcare Associate's degree, or Health Sciences Associate’s degree if you live in Illinois, with a Pharmacy Technician specialization.

Pharmacy Technician Credentials Offered

Pharmacy Technician

Certificate

Finish in as few as

9 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience

Intended for

Students with attention to detail and a focus in ethics looking to enter the healthcare field and pursue a successful, fulfilling career as a pharmacy technician with foundational knowledge about the field.

Prepares you for

Pharmacy technician

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7 Benefits of Becoming a Pharmacy Technician

Careers in healthcare are notorious for having a lot of upside, and becoming a pharmacy technician is no different. We identified seven of the main benefits so you can be confident that a Pharmacy Technician Certificate is right for you.

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Turn Your Pharmacy Technician Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your pharmacy technician education even easier by offering pharmacy technician training and online pharmacy tech classes that fit into a busy working schedule. Our online Pharmacy Tech school also prepares you to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam in each aspect of your coursework, giving you the pharmacy technician certification prep, expertise and confidence to perform well. Upon graduation of your Pharmacy Technician courses, you will be prepared and can apply to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination® (PTCE®) or the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT), both highly valued by employers and included in your total program costs.4

When you’re ready to further your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Pharmacy Technician Certificate credits toward a Healthcare Associate’s degree specializing in Pharmacy Technician, or a Health Sciences degree if you live in Illinois, which you can earn in as few as nine months.13

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.6 Here is an example of where a Pharmacy Technician Certificate can take you.

Pharmacy Technicians

  • BLS Earnings Data:5

    • $28,740 10th Percentile
    • $29,460 25th Percentile
    • $36,740 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:5

    4%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. The state of Minnesota requires a residential practicum.
  3. Graduates of this program meet the educational requirements needed to apply for a Pharmacy Technician license or registration from the board of pharmacy or equivalent agency in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WI and WY. Other eligibility requirements may apply. Please check with the board of pharmacy or equivalent agency in your state of residence. This program may not meet the educational requirements needed to apply for a Pharmacy Technician license or registration in states not listed above. Please check with the board of pharmacy or equivalent agency in your state of residence for further information.
  4. Rasmussen University will reimburse the application fee for each qualified student’s first attempt of one of the following industry certification exams: Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination® (PTCE®) or Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 2022] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 2022] www.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.
  6. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2020. Accessed on March 31, 2022. Data is for persons age 25 and older who are full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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