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Online Pharmacy Technician Training Program

How Do I Become a Pharmacy Technician?

The best way to become a pharmacy technician depends on your state. Some states have no guidelines on how to be a pharmacy technician and other have a variety of regulations and requirements you need to meet. However, Career Step works hard to ensure our students will be ready to start working no matter where they live (Washington and North Dakota are the only states where Career Step’s program will not prepare you for this career).

Even if your state has no requirements, formal training like the Career Step program is the best way to become a pharmacy technician. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills required to pass the national certification exam (which can make it easier to get a job and increase your pay) and stand out from other applicants in the job marketing. Start your journey toward a new career today but becoming a pharmacy technician online with Career Step!

How Long Will the Training Take?

The Pharmacy Technician training program includes 285 hours of curriculum and is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study. However, the online training format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 6 months of program access in case you need extra time.

What Will I Be Learning?

The Career Step Pharmacy Technician training program covers:
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy law, regulations, and standards
  • Business of a pharmacy (both retail and institutional)
  • Prescriptions
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Nonsterile Compounding
  • And more

The online Pharmacy Technician classes includes images, videos, and interactive games to help you learn the material and develop your skills as a pharmacy technician. The program's focus is on helping you gain the skills you need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam and start working as soon as you graduate.

Is an Externship Included in My Training?

Career Step has externship partnerships with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy. These partnerships provide eligible Career Step students the opportunity to participate in an externship with one of these retail pharmacies as long as positions are available in their local areas.

After gaining a solid foundation of pharmacy technician knowledge in the course, the externship program offers the chance to begin gaining hands-on experience. Students can start their externship before they graduate—smoothing the transition from classroom to workplace and helping to cement the skills they’re learning in the training program with hands-on experience.

Want more details about exactly what's included in the program? Download the brochure or program syllabus to learn more or review the learning objectives for each module.

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"My Career Step training was invaluable to becoming a pharmacy technician. I cannot fathom trying to become one with just on-the-job training."
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