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In partnership with ed2go, CSUSM Extended Learning offers an extensive catalog of affordable workforce training programs that you can complete 100% online and on your own schedule. Gain the skills and industry certifications you need to start or advance your career in high-demand fields. Learn from industry experts in a flexible, self-paced format and get personalized support from a dedicated student advisor. Enroll anytime and receive a certificate of completion from CSUSM Extended Learning after successfully completing your program. Some program fees include a voucher for the certification exam.

Start your career in pharmacy with CSUSM's online Pharmacy Technician training program offered in partnership with ed2go. This fully online program will prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam and help you complete an externship with a leading pharmacy chain. 

Start any time

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready

Learn from the best

Classes are taught by experienced and certified pharmacy technicians

Prepare for Certification

This course prepares you to sit for the national certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and includes a voucher which covers the fee of the exam

Externship Opportunities

Complete an externship at a local pharmacy or take advantage of ed2go's national contract with Walgreens and CVS for pharmacy technician externships

Program Details


    This program is designed for those looking to start a career as a:

    • Pharmacy Aide
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Certified Pharmacy Technician
    • Health Technician/Technologist
    • Medical Laboratory Technician
    • Medical Records Clerk/Technician
    • Nursing Assistant

    Applicant requirements:

    • Must be at least 18 years of age to apply
    • Must possess a high school diploma
    Course Dates Registration

    Pharmacy Technician

    Start any time

    Pharmacy Tech Registration

    Course Details

    • Classes held online
    • Classes are self-paced and completed in 12 months or less
    • Program fee is $2,595
    • Learn from industry experts in a flexible, self-paced format
    • Get personalized support from a dedicated student advisor

    Fee Includes

    • Voucher to cover the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)


    Please note: All rates are subject to change without notice.

    • Orientation to pharmacy
      • History, foundations and role of the pharmacy technician in today’s healthcare system
    • Pharmacy law and ethics
      • Introduction to law, liability and federal regulations of controlled substances
    • Pharmaceutical calculations 
      • Basic, community and institutional pharmacy math to calculate dosages and dilutions
    • Pharmacology
      • The science of pharmacology, evolution of drugs and administration of pharmacological agents
    • Communication skills
      • Verbal and non-verbal methods, HIPAA regulations
    • Insurance and inventory procedures
      • Cost analysis, purchasing procedures and record keeping
    • Lab module
      • Interactive lab for the retail and hospital settings
    • Clinical rotations
      • Virtual externship in the retail and hospital settings
    • Final exam
      • Final comprehensive exam to qualify for externship

    Melissa Dunworth
    Melissa Dunworth has been a certified pharmacy technician since 1997. She is registered with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. 

    Betty Stahl
    Betty Stahl holds a doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University. Over the past several years, she has taught pharmacy technician programs at ASA College in New York City and ACT in Arlington, Virginia. Stahl has also worked as a pharmacist in independent and hospital settings.

  • FAQ

    What does a pharmacy technician do?

    Pharmacy technicians order and stock medications, prepare medications for distribution and provide information to patients. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, their work must be approved by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed. 

    Do pharmacy technicians need certification?

    Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but most require certification, registration or licensure. Earning your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a valuable, industry-recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.

    How long does it take t ocomplete a pharmacy technician course?

    This pharmacy technician course can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you spend in an externship program or preparing and sitting for state licensure.

    Is a pharmacy technician a growing career?

    As the population ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases rises, more pharmacy technicians will be needed in pharmacies and may even see themselves taking on greater responsibilities in their role.

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.

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Demand for pharmacy technicians will grow by 12% through 2028, equating to more than 30,000 new jobs.

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– Bureau of Labor Statistics

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

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