Pharmacy Technician Training

Certification Training and Exam Package

Madison's online Pharmacy Technician program aides you in obtaining the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. In addition to providing you with a solid educational foundation, our program helps prepare you for the National Healthcareer Association's (NHA's) ExCPT Pharmacy Technician certification exam and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB's) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). With our flexible online program, you can work anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace. Start today and graduate in as few as 4 months.

Externship and Certification

Our online pharmacy tech program includes a 160-hour externship with one of our respected pharmacy partners, Walgreens and CVS/Health. We have also partnered with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) to provide you with an invaluable opportunity for professional certification.

  • NHA
  • PTCB
  • NHA
  • CVS


Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Introduction to Pharmacy

History of Pharmacy

The origins of pharmacy and the development of the pharmacy profession up to the twentieth century; the evolution of both the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician; the history of legislation that affects the practice of pharmacy; roles and duties of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Medical and Pharmaceutical Terminology

The benefits of familiarization with medical terminology; common medical terms and symbols used in pharmaceutical documentation and prescription orders.

Regulatory Laws and Professional Standards

The evolution of pharmaceutical practice into a professional career; major professional pharmaceutical societies; the need for pharmacy regulation and standard practice; regulation of controlled substances.


Program Details

During your online pharmacy technician training program, you'll learn how to accurately perform the standard techniques and operating procedures required in the pharmacy setting, including aseptic operations, medication transcriptions, metric/apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, recordkeeping, and patient profiling. Once you obtain the skills needed for a career as a pharmacy technician, you will be ready to take the ExCPT or PTCE certification exam.(1)

Your Pharmacy Technician Program Includes:

  • Customized course modules and learning guides, laboratory simulations, and certification preparation materials

  • 160-hour pharmacy externship(2)

  • Proctored ExCPT certification exam(1) package ($180 value) delivered by NHA –or– PTCE certification exam(1) package ($183 value) delivered by PTCB

  • Career diploma at graduation with an invitation to attend our live commencement ceremony

Being here made me feel a part of something and I really would recommend it for anybody. There is no reason not to go to school, especially with a place like this, because it’s giving you the opportunity to better yourself and gain a sense of accomplishment.

— Susan Donaldson, Recent Graduate


There's nothing extra to buy! Your fee for the ExCPT exam or the PTCE exam is 100% covered by tuition. Your program includes study materials, personal mentoring, local pharmacy externship and certification exam. Start your program as soon as you enroll.

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Career Outlook

Job prospects are plentiful for certified pharmacy technicians. Not only are there opportunities in community, retail and hospital pharmacies, but there are also jobs available at long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and more. In addition, the role of a pharmacy technician has grown to include additional duties and responsibilities including administering flu shots, collecting patient information and many other patient care practices formerly done solely by pharmacists. Nationally recognized certification of your skills may help you obtain work, improve pay, and advance professionally.

For more information on salary expectations and prospects for employment in local, state, or national markets, The Occupational Outlook Handbook for Pharmacy Technicians is a good resource.

U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of pharmacy technicians will grow 12% through 2026.(3)

Illicit drug use, criminal background checks, and immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician. Employers and State Boards of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use and criminal backgrounds.


What certifications are available for the Pharmacy Technician Career Diploma Program?

Our online Pharmacy Technician program graduates are eligible to sit for the ExCPT certification exam(1) administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the PTCE certification exam(1) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Does Madison help students secure externship sites?

Madison has established relationships with Walgreens and CVS/pharmacies nationwide to provide potential opportunities to complete the externship for many of our students. Students who do not have reasonable access to a Walgreens or CVS facility, or students who may already be employed at a pharmacy other than Walgreens or CVS, may choose to arrange their own externship. Madison provides detailed instruction on the selection, approval, and requirements of externship sites during the program.

What features should I look for in the Madison School of Healthcare Pharmacy Technician training program compared to other schools' programs?

It's important that the program you choose covers all of the material necessary to prepare you for both the NHA and PTCB certification exams(1). Look for a pharmacy tech program that has lesson content that's focused standard techniques and procedures required of pharmacy technicians-aseptic technique, pharmacy operation, medication transcription, metric/apothecary conversion, drug dispensation, recordkeeping, and patient profiling. You'll also want a program that thoroughly covers drug classification, indications, therapeutic effects, side effects, dosing recommendations, routes of administration, and mechanisms of action. Make sure your program includes a convenient opportunity to complete an externship experience at a local pharmacy of your choosing. A well-rounded program provides you with practice interacting with pharmacists, customers, and business associates in a professional setting.

Is this course all online or do I get books?

There are no textbooks required in this program. Learning guides are available online for easy access and convenience.

Program Completion Requirement

A student of the Pharmacy Technician program must attain the age of 18 years and have a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to graduation.

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information. This is particularly important for residents of the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington.

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Advance your education by enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician program. Call 1-800-600-6253 or enroll online today.

(1) Certification Exam Requirements: Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with NHA and PTCB for their requirements. (2) Externship Eligibility: Must be at least age 18 with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and a criminal background check. (3) Career Outlook Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technician (August 28, 2018).