The Pharmacy Technician Program

You could have a prestigious and good-paying new career… in just a few short months.

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A Tiny Investment for Infinite Success

You’re busy. You’ve got bills to pay. And you need stability. With one small investment, you could find the peace of mind, salary, and job satisfaction you’ve been looking for as a Pharmacy Technician. And guess what? You could have it all in just a few short months.

  • 390 Hours of Study (+130-Hour Externship)

  • 4 Month Program Completion Time

  • $32,700–$47,000 Average Annual Salary*

This Could Be the Perfect Job for You

Are you a precise person … who likes helping people? Do you like lab coats...and exceptionally well-lit spaces? Then you’ll love being a pharmacy technician!

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5 Reasons to Complete Your Pharmacy Technician Training With CareerStep

Finish training quickly.

With full-time study, you can complete your pharmacy technician course (and be ready to work and earn) in as little as four months from today.

Study on your schedule.

24/7 Web access means you can learn whenever and wherever you want, fitting study time in and around your everyday life.

Ask for help anytime.

Our training is online, but you’re never alone. Real people support you every step of the way via phone, live chat, and email.

Get real-world experience.

We partner with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy to offer nationwide externships. So you gain priceless, big-brand experience that rapidly builds your resume.

Enjoy financial security.

The average income for pharmacy technicians is $32,700 and ranges up to $48,010.* That—plus upward mobility and potential for benefits—buys peace of mind.

Recognized by PTCB / Accredited by ASHP/ACPE

The Pharmacy Technician Certified Board is the industry's first & most trusted credentialing organization. Our status as a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program ensures your full preparation for the PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam.


Additionally, ours is one of the only pharmacy technician certification programs accredited by ASHP/ACPE, which means it meets the high standards set by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Our Happy Learners Say It Best

"Being a stay at home mom, CareerStep’s online program just seemed like the way to go! I have no regrets and am so very grateful for the knowledge this program has given me. The pharmacy tech course was very thorough and easy to understand. Everyone with CareerStep has been so very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I couldn’t be happier with my whole experience!"

Michelle W.

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2. Finish fast.

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Program Details

Our pharmacy technician certification classes program was built with two simple goals in mind: adapt to you and help you succeed. (So yep, you can totally do this.)

  • 4-Month Completion
  • Self-Paced Study
  • Anywhere, Anytime Learning
  • 1:1 (Human) Support
  • 1 Free Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Voucher (a $129 value!)
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What You'll Learn

Our pharmacy technician training is thorough. It gives you everything you need to get certified and start working quickly and confidently.


Learn the pharmaceutical fundamentals: various drugs and their uses, physical effects, and modes of action.

Pharmaceutical Calculations

Master the math that goes into accurately formulating and safely dispensing drugs based on factors like a patient’s age and weight.

Compounding and Prescriptions

Get to know the terminology and methods for compounding a variety of substances and the protocol for filling prescriptions.

Business and Regulatory

Understand the business side of pharmacies as well as the laws, regulations, and standards affecting pharmacy work.

Your Questions—Answered

You’ll be a critical part of keeping the pharmacy running smoothly. A day in your new life will include assisting and working under the guidance of a pharmacist to fill prescriptions, manage patient records, and submit insurance claims, among other things. Over time, you’ll likely take on more responsibilities, possibly offering flu shots or taking a more active role with patient consultations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary for pharmacy technicians is $32,700 a year. The middle 50% of pharmacy technicians nationwide earn between $26,750 and $39,290 annually. The top 90% earn $48,010.

Terrific, as a matter of fact! Healthcare is one of the nation’s fastest growing industries. Snowballing along with it are pharmacy technician jobs, especially for those with formal training or certification. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 7% growth in pharmacy technician jobs by 2028.

. It’s not much in comparison to what you could be earning in as little as four months. Or in comparison to what you’ll earn throughout the course of your career. Plus, you get a free exam voucher to cover your pharmacy technician certification cost, a $129 value. Financial aid and flexible payment options are available too. We can even assist you with securing government grants if you’re eligible, some of which cover 100% of training costs.

If your program is thorough, you should get all the info you’ll need to pass the test. So hit the books, take solid notes, and cram before the big day. You’ll also find plenty of practice tests online—take advantage of these to get an idea of how you’ll do on the real deal.

Regulations and requirements vary by state. However, our pharmacy technician program ensures that you’ll be ready to start working no matter where you live. (The only exception being Washington state, where our program is not recognized. Please refer to your state’s Board of Pharmacy website for guidelines.) Getting your pharmacy technician certification online is always a plus. It improves your employment opportunities and sets you apart from—and above—other job candidates. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor says that pharmacy technicians who earn national certification are often paid more by their employers. Our online pharmacy technician certification program includes a free voucher to take the PTCB exam, a $129 value.

If you’ve earned your pharmacy technician certification, there’s a handful of paths you could follow: Retail pharmacy, closed-door pharmacy, compound pharmacy, and hospital pharmacy. You could even become a pharmacy benefit manager—the path you choose all comes down to your strengths and primary interests.

If you’re wondering how to become a certified pharmacy technician, there’s a clear pathway with few hurdles. No specific skills or experience are required. Just be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate. Optionally, you can pass the CareerStep Pre-Training Assessment Test. Then sign up for our pharmacy technician classes online and complete the required background check and drug test. Successfully complete your training and externship, take the certification exam, then let us help in your job search.

As a pharmacy technician, you’ll be handling medications and providing patient care. For obvious reasons, you can’t be addicted to medications to do the job. Additionally, you cannot have been convicted of a felon or of Medicare fraud. We help you complete your tests and checks prior to signing up to ensure that you’re employable in the pharmacy field.

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