Advanced Pharmacy Technician (CPhT or PTCE)

Offered By Meditec and Texas A&M Kingsville

Study for a successful career as a pharmacy technician while preparing for either the ExCPT or PTCE exam. Get started today!

515 hours/6 months

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Program Overview

This comprehensive program prepares you to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).   Over the course of your studies, you'll learn pharmacy medical terminology, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining generic and brand names drugs.

It also includes training in customer support and key office applications, including Microsoft Office Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

The curriculum prepares you to earn the national certification exam of your choice. We'll provide a voucher for the Exam for Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

If you prefer to become certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) instead, your coursework will also prepare you for their Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

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Program Comparison

  Meditec College Other Online Schools
Tuition Cost $3500 Average Up to $20,000 Average $3,000
Exams Fees, Books & Materials School covers this cost. Up to $750 Up to $750
Program Completion Time 3-6 months 24-48 months 3-6 months
Tailored Content and Exams Interactive and engaging learning methods to prepare you for your career Resource Library N/A
Schedule/Flexibility 100% online and available 24/7 Set Schedule 100% online and available 24/7
Student Support Student and Peer Support - Text, Call, Email Scheduled Office Hours Support Email

Program Details

In this self-paced online course, you'll discover the duties and the role of a pharmacy technician.

We'll cover the laws and regulations related to the pharmacy business, including the governance of controlled substances. You'll become familiar with drug classifications and frequently prescribed medications.

You'll learn the characteristics of a prescription, the necessary pharmaceutical calculations, and the process of preparing and dispensing prescriptions, including aseptic techniques, unit dose, and repackaging.

Once you've completed the curriculum with an 85% or better on all assessments, you'll have the option of participating in a 120-hour unpaid clinical externship with CVS. To be eligible, you must pass a background check and drug screen (additional fees may apply). You'll also need to comply with state licensing requirements, if applicable, before you begin.

Most states regulate pharmacy technicians in some way, and state requirements vary greatly. Prospective students should consult State Boards of Pharmacy for particulars on the pharmacy technician licensing requirements for their respective state prior to program enrollment.

The cost of this program includes a voucher for the NHA's ExCPT exam, but the curriculum will also prepare you for the PTCB PTCE, if you prefer. Please note, the NHA and PTCB require you to be 18 years of age or older, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and complete a training program like ours before you are eligible to sit for certification.

In addition to the Pharmacy Tech curriculum, this program provides additional training for computer skills that can round out your resume and set you up for success with advanced skills in the Microsoft Office suite.

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