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January 02, 2019

Finish in as few as

9 months1

Learning options

  • 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. Virtual or workplace 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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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. The application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt is included in the total program costs. Should you need to take the exam more than once to receive a passing 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 May 30, 2018] Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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, you will be prepared and can apply to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), which is highly valued by employers and at no additional cost to you.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.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for pharmacy technicians is 12%.3 A Pharmacy Technician Certificate from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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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

Grain 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.

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 Retail or Virtual Practicum

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

    Students apply their knowledge gained from the program in a workplace setting, such as providing high-quality customer service, and gain experience working as a team member.

12 Courses to Complete

38 Credit Hours


What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

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 a program manager who will speak to you about: immunizations, background checks and TEAS scores.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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Class Locations

Where Will I Take These Classes?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources.

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