Center for Business & Industry

Become a Pharmacy Technician

Photo of young female pharmacy technician in the workplace smiling at camera
There’s no shortage of pharmacies in need of skilled pharmacy technicians! The Center for Business and Industry in North Mankato and Faribault, Minnesota offer this 100% online course will prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Certification exam and help you complete an externship with a leading pharmacy chain. 

Registration and Enrollment: This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

Register for the Online Pharmacy Technician course

Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for pharmacy technicians will grow 12% through 2028 – that equates to over 30,000 new jobs!
The BLS notes that on average, pharmacy technicians earn an annual salary of $32,700. Top earners can make up to $47,000 per year.

Pharmacy Technicians FAQs

What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?
Pharmacy technicians order and stock medications, prepare medications for distribution and provide information to patients. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, their work must be approved by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed. 

Do Pharmacy Technicians Need a Certification?
Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but most require certification, registration or licensure. Earning your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a valuable, industry-recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.

How Long Does It Take to Complete a Pharmacy Technician Course?
This pharmacy technician course can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you spend in an externship program or preparing and sitting for state licensure.

Is A Pharmacy Technician a Good Career?
As the population ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases rises, more pharmacy technicians will be needed in pharmacies and may even see themselves taking on greater responsibilities in their role.

Course Objectives

  • Learn federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as well as the ethics of pharmacy practice.
  • Be fully prepared to sit for the National Certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Become eligible to apply for a 100+ hour externship at a national pharmacy chain.

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, the externship requires that you have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old.

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