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Certificate - Pharmacy Technician Overview

Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacy settings in clinics, retail locations, hospitals and sometimes in physician's offices. Their main job is to assist the pharmacist in the preparation and packaging of prescription drugs. Hours may span day, evening, night and weekend shifts depending on the facility. 

Occupational Requirements

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and the Exam for Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) both require a high school diploma or equivalent. The ExCPT also requires you to be at least 18 years of age. Pharmacy Technicians must be registered to work in Maryland. 

Information Unique to the Training

Training includes a virtual component in a computer lab and practical experience in a mock pharmacy.  

Courses to Complete 

  • Prerequisites
  • Core Courses
    AHE-356 Pharmacy Technician Training I
    AHE-361 Pharmacy Technician Training II

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Approximate Number of Hours

105 hours (excluding prerequisites)

Approximate Training Cost*

$1,497 (excluding prerequisites) 

Licensure/Certification Earned

This course prepares you to sit for one of the national pharmacy technician certification exams - the PTCE offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the ExCPT offered by the National Healthcareer Association. Passing either exam gives the designation of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).  

AHE-315 BLS Provider    
AHE-149 Medical Terminology for Health Careers
AHE-282 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Careers
AHE-196 Professional Preparation in Health Care 

Estimated Hourly Wage**


*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only.