Pharmacy Technician Professional Career Diploma

Train outplaced and incumbent employees for roles as certified pharmacy technicians.

Program Overview

The Penn Foster ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Technician Professional program prepares  learners to sit for two industry-recognized certification exams to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.  The curriculum provides learners with the strategies, procedures, knowledge, and management skills needed to work effectively as entry-level pharmacy technicians in any pharmacy setting.  The online courses include interactive and engaging exercises with hands-on practical labs and real-world simulations that help learners prepare for the required 160-hour hands-on training externship.

Average Completion Time: 6-9 Months

Certification Exam Preparation:

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
  • Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Required Externship Experience:

  • Learners gain on-the-job, real world experience through a 160-hour externship program

Skills & Features

Skills Covered:

  • Communication & soft skills
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug classifications
  • Pharmacy law & regulations
  • Pharmaceutical math calculations
  • Sterile & nonsterile compounding
  • Basics of medication safety
  • Bill & reimbursement processes
  • Pharmacy management software


  • Includes a robust practice lab kit ($475 value) and covers cost of PTCE exam ($129 value)
  • Delivered on PFx learning platform which provides engaging and interactive learning materials including numerous simulations
  • ASHP/ACPE accredited and DEAC accredited
  • Curriculum aligned with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and National Healthcareer Association
Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Please note, this training program is not available to residents of the District of Columbia, Oklahoma, and Washington.