Pharmacy Technician Course | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Pharmacy Technician Course

This online Pharmacy Technician course will train you to work as a pharmacy technician and prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE®).

Once you pass the exam, you'll obtain the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) credential from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB®) and will be prepared for entry-level pharm tech positions. 


In this course, you'll learn medical and pharmaceutical terminology and basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications and pharmaceutical calculations. The course also touches on the ethics of pharmacy practice, patient care and interaction, and charges and reimbursement.

You will gain hands-on training in assisting the pharmacist in the packing and distribution of medication and you'll be able to practice retail pharmacy procedures through an online lab module. You will learn to process prescriptions and physician orders and fill mock prescriptions.

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Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). This course includes a voucher which covers the fee for the exam and offers the option to perform a hands-on, 100-hour practicum experience. Practicum experiences are based on individual state board requirements.

You must ensure that this course meets your state's requirements. For more information, visit your state's Board of Pharmacy site or view a map directly from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) website. You can also call the state board and ask for the current technician regulations.


  • This course does not meet state requirements for students intending to work in North Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
  • Participation in a practicum experience is contingent upon successfully completing a background check and/or drug screening that is consistent with the requirements of both state and federal laws.
    • To qualify for the practicum experience application process, you must complete the online course successfully and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the practicum experience application process does not guarantee a placement. However, affiliated partnerships increase the likelihood of finding a site that matches student needs. COVID may be affecting the capacity of availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process two weeks before completing courses.