How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

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You’ve always enjoyed helping people and the details matter to you. Sounds like you might fit the script for a rewarding career as a pharmacy technician.

How do you become a pharmacy technician? As a UMA student, you’ll learn how to use medical terms, make dosage calculations, prepare insurance claims, and more. If you’re interested in a rewarding career helping people with their medications, we’d like to help you explore your options.

Why should I earn my associate degree from UMA?

Earning an associate degree from UMA may impact your future by making you stand out to employers and providing you with a strong educational platform to pursue a new career. Let us help you gain the job skills needed to work in healthcare so you are prepared to seek some of the 2.3 million new jobs that are projected through 2024.1

Our programs include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online classroom. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue a career in the fast growing healthcare industry.1 Outside the classroom, our career services team gets you interview ready so you can pursue your new career.

According to independent research published by Georgetown University, associate degree holders on average earn $400,000 more over their lifetimes compared to the earnings for someone with just a high school diploma.2 An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for future promotions. Let UMA help you change your future.

Real-world experience through an externship.

Students enrolled in this program receive 180 hours of hands-on experience under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist at a pharmacy. This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. Some externships have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student. All UMA externships are unpaid.

Helping you prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll get your certification, which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. However, some states and employers require certification in order to work. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.

Job outlook for pharmacy technicians.

Graduates with a degree can pursue entry-level positions in retail, mail order, long-term care, hospitals and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs is expected to increase 9% between 2014 and 2024, creating career opportunities for workers with the right training.3 Ultimate Medical Academy has partnerships with a number of pharmacy companies including Walgreens and CVS.

Which program is right for you? Try our fun and informal personality quiz for inspiration.

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Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone or text message via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy about your education at the phone numbers you provided above, including any wireless number(s). You are not obligated to agree to automated contact to enroll; instead, you may call us at 888-205-2510. Note that even non-automated calls are recorded for quality assurance.

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This program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

May vary according to individual student.

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More than 91% of students in this program who responded to the survey said they were satisfied overall with their decision to enroll with UMA.

Source: Averaged results from the Ultimate Medical Academy Online “Quarterly Student Survey” for all four quarters in 2016 (607 responses).

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  • Pharmacy Technician Courses

    How long is the degree program? 18 months online (may vary according to individual student).

    Associate Degree – Pharmacy Technician

    Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in your state.

    Typical Required Courses:
    Pharmacy Technician Fundamentals & Computer Applications 5.5 Credits
    Pharmacology and Sterile Products & HIV/AIDS 5 Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology I 6 Credits
    Pharmaceutical Calculations and Pathophysiology II 6 Credits
    Drug/Dosage Interaction and Pharmacy Law & Ethics 6 Credits
    Community & Institutional Pharmacy 3 Credits
    Certification Review 2 Credits
    Pharmacy Technician Externship 4 Credits
    Total 37.5 Credits
    Typical General Education Courses:
    English Composition 3 Credits
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
    College Math 3 Credits
    General Biology 3 Credits
    Sociology 3 Credits
    Total 15 Credits
    Typical Electives:
    Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
    Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
    Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
    Local, National and International Events 3 Credits
    Psychology 3 Credits
    Working with People 3 Credits
    Patient Relations 3 Credits
    Ecology 3 Credits
    Diversity in the Workplace 3 Credits
    Total 9 Credits
    Program Total 61.5 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pharmacy technician?

What is a pharmacy technician?

When you go to your local pharmacy, there’s usually at least one working behind the counter along with a licensed pharmacist. You might see a them wearing a white lab coat, counting out pills and putting them in prescription bottles. Daily tasks may include making dosage calculations, using medical terminology, and preparing insurance claims.

How to become a pharmacy technician?

How to become a pharmacy technician?

You’ll need training to learn the skills for this career. In some states you also have to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and/or get your license or registration. If you have questions about your state’s requirements, we can help you get answers. Just call us or fill out the form below.

Where can I find training?

Where can I find training?

Nowadays, you can find training online and on campus. UMA offers online training. The real question is which learning experience is better for you? Learn more about online learning at UMA.

Is there a difference between pharm tech schools?

Is there a difference between pharm tech schools?

Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer pharmacy technician programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.4 UMA is a school that offers training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, on-the-job training (unpaid), help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

What type of courses would I take?

What type of courses would I take?

As a student at UMA, you’ll take courses on a wide range of topics. You’ll study the human body (anatomy), diseases, math (for making dosage calculations) and more. To see a list of the typical courses you would take at UMA, see the courses section on this page or consult the UMA Catalog.

What’s it like to take courses online?

What’s it like to take courses online?

Online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, live learning labs, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.

Will I need to get certified?

Will I need to get certified?

It depends on the state in which you plan to work and your employer. Each state and employer has its own set of qualifications for working in this industry. Contact UMA to learn more about your state’s requirements. If you decide to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) after you graduate, we’ll help you prepare for the exam. That preparation is actually included as part of this program. To learn more, read our article on certification prep and requirements.

How much is a pharmacy technician salary?

How much is a pharmacy technician salary?

You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The salary for pharmacy technicians depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors.

What’s the best school for your needs?

What’s the best school for your needs?

Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.

What should I look for in top schools?

What should I look for in top schools?

Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one and group tutoring. Top tier schools should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.

    I decided to go to UMA because I wanted to get a degree online and on my own time.

    – Barbara S.
    Pharmacy Tech
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1http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/projections-occupation.htm 2Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, The College Payoff, 2014,https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/collegepayoff-summary.pdf  3http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm  4According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.

Let’s talk about it.

You probably have questions. We definitely have answers.

Complete this form and we’ll email you info on how to get started at UMA, financial aid, selecting the right program, and connecting with other students. We’ll also give you a call to ensure all your questions are answered so you can make the right choice.

By clicking the Request Info button, you agree to be contacted by phone or text message via automated systems by Ultimate Medical Academy about your education at the phone numbers you provided above, including any wireless number(s). You are not obligated to agree to automated contact to enroll; instead, you may call us at 888-205-2510. Note that even non-automated calls are recorded for quality assurance.