Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician Associate Degree Online Program

Learn to help people as they receive prescribed medications.

Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician Associate Degree Online Program

Learn to help people as they receive prescribed medications.

Earn Your Degree Online in 18 months.1

Take the first step on your journey toward earning an associate degree at Ultimate Medical Academy and receive an education to work as a pharmacy technician. At UMA, you’ll receive pharmacy technician training for entry-level roles in the field and preparation to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) if you meet eligibility requirements. This is all included in a curriculum with flexible coursework designed to benefit your school-life balance2. We even provide 180 hours of on-site training at the end of the program.

If you prefer to work closely with people and pay close attention to detail, you might fit the script for a career as a pharmacy technician.

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy technicians dispense prescription medications, work with pharmacy customers, and organize inventory, among other duties. Individuals in this role are under the supervision of a pharmacist, who is responsible for reviewing all of the medications filled before they are dispensed.

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Pharmacy Technician Career Education

When you enroll as an online student in UMA’s Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician program, you’ll be able to study on a flexible schedule both the theoretical and practical skills necessary for entry-level roles in the field. You will also become familiar with soft skills such as communicating with customers, critical thinking, and problem solving. This is all in addition to 180 hours of hands-on training that provides you with relevant experience before you begin your job search.

Typical Courses

UMA’s online Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician program offers courses that cover medical terminology, dosage calculation, insurance claims preparation, and other essential topics as well as training in soft skills that can help you stand out to employers.

Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Associate Degree

Credits: 61.5 Approx. time to complete: 18 months1

Core Courses (37.5 Credits)

  • Pharmacy Technician Fundamentals & Computer Applications 5.5 credits
  • RX1020 Pharmacology and Sterile Products & HIV/AIDS 5.0 credits
  • Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology I 6.0 credits
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations and Pathophysiology II 6.0 credits
  • Drug/Dosage Interaction and Pharmacy Law & Ethics 6.0 credits
  • Community & Institutional Pharmacy 3.0 credits
  • Certification Review 2.0 credits
  • Pharmacy Technician Externship 4.0 credits

General Education Courses (15.0 Credits)

  • English Composition 3.0 credits
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3.0 credits
  • College Math 3.0 credits
  • General Biology 3.0 credits
  • Sociology 3.0 credits

Elective Courses (9.0 Credits)

  • Accounting for Managers 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3.0 credits
  • Interpersonal Professional Communications 3.0 credits
  • Local, National & International Events 3.0 credits
  • Psychology 3.0 credits
  • Working with People 3.0 credits
  • Patient Relations 3.0 credits
  • Ecology 3.0 credits
  • Diversity in the Workplace 3.0 credits

This program also includes a certification review as well as our hands-on externship.

Work environments

Professionals in this field work in settings such as:

  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • General merchandise stores

What’s the Job Outlook as a Pharmacy Technician?

After earning your degree UMA’s Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician associate degree program, you might be glad to know that the field has been projected to grow faster than average—7 percent (31,500 new jobs)3. Through 2028, the healthcare industry as a whole is estimated to have 12.5 million open positions.4

UMA graduates in this program can pursue entry-level roles such as:

  • Pharmacy technician
  • Pharmacy support
12.5 million
Projected open positions through 20284
Pharmacy Technician Reported Salaries5

Entry-level positions for this career field could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $24,120 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $33,950.

The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $49,130. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

$24,120
Bottom 10%
$33,950
Median Salary
$49,130
Top 10%

Why choose UMA?

When you pursue an associate degree from Ultimate Medical Academy:

  • You’ll gain a strong foundation for pursuing your new career.
  • You’ll have UMA staff dedicated to your success.
  • You’ll have a career services team committed to getting you interview ready so you can jumpstart your search for a career.
  • You’ll receive flexible online training2.

At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support team can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.

Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.

An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for your newfound passion and career path. Let UMA help you change your future. We are proud to have supported more than 55,000 students through graduation so far. We’d love to help you, too!

Continuing Education After UMA

You don’t have to stop after you earn an associate degree. UMA maintains agreements with educational partners who share many elements of our mission. Through these partnerships, alumni with an associate degree from UMA who meet a partner’s admissions requirements have an opportunity to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select areas of study. You can find more information on UMA’s partner schools here.

What kind of financial aid options are available?

If you qualify for applicable financial aid, we’ll walk you through the process. Multiple resources may be available to help pay for the cost of your education. Our Student Finance advisors are committed to helping you understand the options you qualify for and can assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid to see if you qualify.

To learn more about financial aid possibilities, contact (888) 212-5421.

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FAQs

  • What is a pharmacy technician?

    A pharmacy tech is a healthcare professional who assists pharmacists with the filling and dispensing of prescription medications.

  • How do I become a pharmacy technician?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, generally speaking, pharmacy technicians need only a high school diploma or its equivalent. However, a majority of the states and employers also require you to take classes and/or pass a certification exam to work in this particular role. Completing a pharmacy technician program, like the one offered at UMA, can help students stand out among those who only finished high school.

  • Where can I find pharm tech education?

    Some pharmacy technician training programs are offered via traditional classrooms. But if convenience is a factor, a pharmacy technician online course—like the one offered at UMA—may work for you.

  • What type of courses would I take?

    When you earn your Health Sciences – Pharmacy Technician associate degree from UMA, you can expect to take courses that teach you how to use common medical terms, how to make dosage calculations, how to prepare insurance claims, and more.

  • What’s it like to take courses online?

    Apart from an on-site externship, the great thing about online courses is that they enable you to fit your coursework into your schedule when it’s most convenient for you!

  • Will I need to get certified?

    The answer to this question varies, in part, based on the state/employer where you plan to work because each state has its own pharmacy regulations and some employers may require it. To better understand the requirements in your state, you must check with your designation Board of Pharmacy. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy offers an online list, which may be a good place to start.

  • How do I get certified to be a pharmacy technician?

    The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers a Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. This is a 80-question multiple-choice test, with an additional 10 unscored questions, that takes approximately two hours to complete.

  • What’s the best school for my needs?

    Only you can determine which pharmacy technician school will best fit your needs. Factors to consider include whether it can help you achieve your career goals, how much money you want to spend, and whether the school will help you after graduation, when you’re attempting to find a job. Our staff are here to answer any questions you may have when determining if UMA is the best school for you.

  • What should I look for in top schools?

    When researching pharmacy technician programs, it’s helpful to look at all of the “extras” these programs offer above and beyond a degree. For instance, UMA graduates have access to 24/7 tech support while taking classes and our Career Services team works with you to brush up on your resume and interview skills so you can pursue your new role with confidence. UMA’s Learner Services team also assists students with certain obstacles that might stand in the way of earning their education.

  • How long does it take to become a certified pharmacy technician?

    UMA’s Pharmacy Technician online program takes 18 months1 to complete.

  • What do pharmacy technicians do?

    Pharmacy techs assist with the filling and dispensing of prescription medications. This involves collecting necessary patient and medication information, preparing the prescriptions, labelling them, and dispensing them to the patients. Pharmacy techs can also answer the phone and arrange one-on-one consultations between patients and the pharmacist.

  • How long does it take to become a certified pharmacy technician?

    Starting in 2020, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) requires individuals to complete a PTCB-recognized training program or have an equivalent level of work experience to take the certification exam. Therefore, if you complete UMA’s pharmacy technician program, for instance, this program takes approximately 18 months to complete. Then you would need to take the exam, the timing of which may vary depending on when they offer it.

  • Can you become a pharmacy tech without going to school?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, generally speaking, pharmacy technicians need only a high school diploma or its equivalent to work in this position. However, a majority of the states also regulate this particular role, so completing a program and/or passing an exam may be required as well. Employers may also require certification and/or formal training.

  • How much money does a pharmacy tech make?

    You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

    Entry-level positions for this career field could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $24,120 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $33,950.

    The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $49,130. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

    However, this amount can vary based on level of education, experience, geographic location, and a variety of other factors.

  • Is the pharmacy tech test hard?

    In total, the pharmacy technician certification exam takes approximately two hours to complete. Additionally, while you can prepare for your pharmacy technician certification online, the test must be taken in person. UMA classes prepare students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Graduates must meet eligibility requirements for this exam.

  • How much does it cost to become a certified pharmacy technician?

    The answer to this question depends partially on which school you attend. For instance, all UMA programs are competitively priced and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Additionally, to earn your certification through the PTCB would currently cost $129, but you want to check their website first to ensure that this price hasn’t changed.

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