Pharmacy Tech Online Schools and Colleges

Online training programs for aspiring pharmacy technicians are available at many colleges, universities and career schools. Read about a few online school options, including common areas of study and requirements.

Essential Information

Online pharmacy technician programs are offered at the certificate, diploma and associate degree levels, with certificates being the most common. Depending on the school, online pharmacy tech programs can range in length from six months for a certificate program to two years for an associate degree program. Some programs may also be self-paced, meaning students can complete their program on their own time, at their own pace.

Program Overviews

California State University, East Bay

California State University, East Bay partners with Ed2Go to host a program that trains students for entry-level pharmacy technician jobs. Program courses can be completed online; they prepare students to pass the national exam for pharmacy techs. Students are required to do clinical rotations that include 20 hours of retail experience and 20 hours in a hospital setting. Each participant chooses their facilities based on local availability, and then the instructor sets up or approves the rotation. Upon completion of the 24-credit program and clinical rotations, graduates receive a certificate.

Contact Information

  • Address: 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., WA 804, Hayward, CA 94542
  • Phone Number: (510) 885-3000

Midlands Technical College

The online certificate program at Midlands Technical College is for individuals who are already working in a retail pharmacy but wish to be certified as a pharmacy tech in South Carolina. Unlike most other online certificate programs that collaborate with other services, the college has its own unique online program. The 2-semester program has prerequisites that include courses in English composition, general psychology and algebra and includes 12 semester hours of clinical practica.

Contact Information

  • Address: P.O. Box 2408, Columbia, SC 29202
  • Phone Number: (803) 738-8324

Rasmussen College

Rasmussen College offers an online pharmacy tech training program that results in an associate degree. The school partners with Collegis to provide this online program, which prepares students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Students enrolled in this program must successfully complete 90 semester hours of study, including a practicum.

Contact Information

  • Address: 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 300, Bloomington, MN 55437
  • Phone Number: (888) 549-6755

Common Courses

Online pharmacy tech programs typically consist of these courses:

  • Introduction to Pharmacy
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmaceutical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Doses and Math
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Medical Ethics and Law
  • Inventory and Insurance
  • Communication
  • Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry

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