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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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 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 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.
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.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- PTN 1009
- 4 Credits
- PTN 1237
- 4 Credits
- PTN 2873 / PTN 2915
- On Campus / Online
- 2 Credits
Foundations of Pharmacy Practice
Introduces the history and origins of the practice of pharmacy and the role of a pharmacy technician.
Pharmacology for Technicians
Provides knowledge of common drugs, classifications and their impact on various body systems.
Pharmacy Retail or Virtual Practicum
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 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.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor 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.
Where Can I Find a Pharmacy Technician Program Near Me?
At Rasmussen College, 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.
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
- Rasmussen College 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.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
- 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.