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.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready
Classes are taught by experienced and certified pharmacy technicians
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
Complete an externship at a local pharmacy or take advantage of ed2go's national contract with Walgreens and CVS for pharmacy technician externships
This program is designed for those looking to start a career as a:
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Please note: All rates are subject to change without notice.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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