Pharmacy Technician Training and Education: A Prescription for Career Success


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Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As cost-conscious insurers begin to use pharmacies as patient-care centers and pharmacists become more involved in patient care, pharmacy technicians will continue to see an expansion of their role in the pharmacy.*

Ultimate Medical Academy's (UMA) Pharmacy Technician diploma program has been designed to prepare you for an entry-level position as a pharmacy technician through the study of theoretical and practical skills consistent with the pharmaceutical industry’s expectations of the technician position. The curriculum is also structured to prepare you for the PTCB certification exam.

What You Can Learn

The UMA Pharmacy Technician diploma program offers a career-focused curriculum that can help you acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to support licensed pharmacists by assisting them with counter dispensing operations and prescription preparation at retail pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. You can learn how to:

  • Stock and inventory prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
  • Maintain written or computerized patient medication records.
  • Count or pour medications into dispensing containers.
  • Assemble a 24-hour supply of medication for each patient.
  • Deliver medications to patient rooms.
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles.

This UMA diploma program can be completed in as few as 11 months. Coursework focuses on preparing you with the industry-relevant skills sought by today's employers. For example:

  • In Drug/Dosage Interaction and Pharmacy Law and Ethics, students learn the purposes, actions, side effects, precautions and significant interactions of major drug classes with special attention on dosage forms and commonly used drug names.
  • In Pharmacy Technician Externship, students (in cooperation with participating local, registered pharmacists) are assigned to a specific pharmacy lab and serve 180 hours practicing the responsibilities and duties of a pharmacy technician.

Courses at UMA are taught by instructors with industry-relevant experience sought by today's healthcare employers. They are committed to helping you prepare for career opportunities as a Pharmacy Technician.

An externship course is required as part of this program to gain hands-on experience. The last course in your program provides you an opportunity to gain the practical experience you need to be successful. UMA works with employers to find suitable sites, and students are asked to submit information to UMA about pharmacies near their location. The externship experience is 180 hours in length on a schedule agreed upon by all parties.

How You Can Prepare

Successful completion of your Pharmacy Technician diploma program includes UMA's Think, Build, Live Success™ (TBLS) training, life skills and self-empowerment curriculum built into all of our programs of study, because today's employers are seeking well-rounded individuals with interpersonal and organization skills to match their technical knowledge and expertise. TBLS also focuses on the job search process and includes techniques for conducting a targeted job search, including contacting prospective employers and tracking job leads.

Build Your Credentials for Success

Advancing your education can be an excellent way to achieve personal, professional and academic satisfaction. It's also a great way for motivated individuals to keep their knowledge and skills current with the latest tools, technologies, theories and practices of today's ever-evolving healthcare industry.

Train for your career as a Pharmacy Technician in under a year 

At Ultimate Medical Academy, Pharmacy Technician training program offers a stimulating mix of classroom and laboratory training followed by a hands-on externship in a real pharmacy, working with actual patients. You’ll learn drug dosage and interaction, pharmacology, pharmacy law and more.

Upon graduation, you’ll receive a diploma and be eligible for registration as a pharmacy technician. UMA offers additional test preparation classes that prepare students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Technicians who pass the PTCE are granted the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

Following completion of your externship, UMA’s Career Services department will work with you to find job opportunities that fit your skills and goals, either at their externship location or with one of our many partners in the healthcare field. 

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Associate of Science in Health Sciences Degree with a Concentration in Pharmacy Technician

The Ultimate Medical Academy Pharmacy Technician Health Sciences Associate degree program can have you ready to pursue a career in the growing pharmaceutical industry in 18 months. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Learn more about UMA's AS in Health Sciences with a Concentration in Pharmacy Technician degree program >>

Looking for more information about UMA's Florida Pharmacy Tech Diploma? Contact UMA today!

Fact Box

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of Pharmacy Technician jobs is expected to increase 31% between 2008 and 2018, creating career opportunities for workers with the right training.


A: Registration Fee $ 150.00
  Technology Fee $ 0.00
  Estimated Books/Materials $ 1,000.00
  Tuition $ 12,800.00

The amount quoted does not factor in individual circumstances such as transfer credits, repeated courses, and price changes. Books and materials are estimated based on current market prices and current books. Actual book charges are based on the cost of books and materials at the time they are provided to the student. UMA does not offer on-campus room and board.
A: The normal time for this program is 43 weeks. 76% of graduates from this program finished in this time.

The graduation rate is calculated based on the cumulative results of UMA students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. The actual length of the program will vary from normal time based on individual circumstances such as choosing to attend part time, failing or retaking a course or courses, changing programs, or choosing to take a greater than full-time course load. Since normal time includes weeks when students may not be attending classes, it also differs from the amount of instructional time, as further specified in the UMA catalog. The graduation rate is calculated using the formula provided by the U.S. Department of Education.


A: The job placement rate for students who complete the program from the UMA Online Campus is 48%, from the Tampa campus is 77% and from the Clearwater campus is 70%.

This is the placement rate for students graduating from the program during the 2011-12 Award Year who were reported as placed to UMA’s accrediting agency, ABHES. The rate was calculated using ABHES methodology. Placements may or may not be in the standard occupations published in these disclosures.
A: In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, students may use loans to finance their education. The median loan debt for program graduates is as follows:
  Title IV: $ 8,442
  Private: $ 0
  Institutional: $ 0

The median loan debt for Federal loans is calculated based on students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, using the formula provided by the U.S Department of Education. An individual's loan debt will vary based on individual factors such as a student's decision to pay for the program from sources other than student loans or to borrow more than is needed to pay the direct costs of education, transfer credits, course failures, and program changes. Private educational loan data are based only on information reported to UMA.
Pharmacy Technician 29-2052.00
Pharmacy Aides 31-9095.00

Important Notice:
To assist potential students in making an informed decision to attend UMA, and in accordance with U.S. Department of Education requirements, Ultimate Medical Academy publishes certain information for programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The information contained in this document does not constitute a promise or guarantee of future performance. UMA reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees, modify programs of study and revise information at any time, in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, standards and guidance. Numerous factors affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment. UMA cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation or employment for any student.

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