Pharmacy Technician

Certificate

Next program start date

October 03, 2022

Finish in as few as

9 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience

Be on your way to becoming a crucial player in a growing healthcare field with our Pharmacy Technician program. Experienced instructors deliver a skills-based curriculum to help you prepare for pharmacy technician certification. The Pharmacy Practicum allows you to rehearse pharmacy technician requirements and real-life scenarios that give you career confidence on day one. You’ll develop confidence and practical experience that employers value, from preparing and handling medications to managing inventories and using pharmacy software, technology and informatics.

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After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Strive for Industry Certification

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.2

Start Your Career

Thanks to comprehensive pharmacy technician training, our graduates feel confident starting their careers in the healthcare industry. Graduates provide care within their organizations and to their patients with essential pharmacy technician skills learned in their courses.4

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2020 and 2030 for Pharmacy Technicians is 4%.3 A Pharmacy Technician Certificate from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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  • PTCB Recognized

    The 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).4

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  • 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.

Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

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 medications.

Professional Practice Skills

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

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Gain essential skills to become a pharmacy technician and fulfill more than prescriptions—fulfill your patients' needs and your goal for a successful career.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Foundations of Pharmacy Practice

    • PTN 1009
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Introduces the history and origins of the practice of pharmacy and the role of a pharmacy technician.

    Pharmacology for Technicians

    • PTN 1237
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Provides knowledge of common drugs, classifications and their impact on various body systems.

    Pharmacy Practicum

    • PTN 2873 / PTN 2915
    • On Campus / Online
    • 2 Credits

    Students apply their knowledge gained from the program by demonstrating high-quality customer service, teamwork, and day-to-day pharmacy technician tasks.

10 Courses to Complete

38 Credit Hours

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Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements for the School of Health Sciences vary by program. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact an admissions advisor who will speak to you about immunizations, background checks and TEAS scores.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find a Pharmacy Technician Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find a Pharmacy Technician program near you.

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois*
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. 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.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed March 31, 2022] www.bls.gov/ooh/. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  4. 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.
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