Pharmacy Technician

Certificate/Diploma

Train to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Prepare for a career as a pharmacy technician in as little as 36 weeks.

If you’re ready to start a new career, Brightwood College’s Pharmacy Technician program may be right for you. With our pharmacy technician training, you can gain the skills you need to become a pharmacy technician in as little as 36 weeks.

From working with prescription medications and sterilizing equipment to interacting with customers and pharmacists, Brightwood College’s Pharmacy Technician courses help you gain the technical training and the interpersonal skills necessary to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical field.

Get Career-Ready Skills in Our Pharmacy Technician Classes

When you’re looking for a pharmacy technician school, consider the classes at Brightwood College. Designed to give you the foundation to start your career, our program combines lectures and labs with an externship at a local pharmacy or hospital, where you’ll gain first-hand experience in a real-world setting.

In our program, you’ll get hands-on experience working with prescription medications, learn about processing insurance claims, and develop the skills that pharmacists are looking for. Here are just some of the skills covered in our pharmacy technician courses:

  • How to prepare prescription medications
  • How to authorize prescription refills
  • How to transcribe doctors’ orders
  • How to file insurance claims
  • How to safely handle medications

If Brightwood College’s Pharmacy Technician training sounds like a good fit for you, contact us today to start training for your new career.

How to Become a Licensed Pharmacy Technician

Certification and licensure can highlight the quality of your training and provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations.

Upon completion of Brightwood College’s Pharmacy Technician diploma or certificate program, eligible students may take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) sponsored by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).†

What It’s Like to Work as a Pharmacy Technician

Once you complete the Pharmacy Technician program at Brightwood College, you will have the skills and experience needed to pursue your new career in the pharmaceutical field. From working with pharmacists and customers to stocking inventory, our pharmacy technician education allows you to develop skills to help you succeed.

Where do our Pharmacy Technician graduates work?

After completing the Pharmacy Technician program at Brightwood College, our Career Services team continues to help you search for a job in a pharmacy or related setting. Our students have started their careers in a variety of places, including:

  • Retail pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Mail-order prescription companies

What do pharmacy technicians do?

Here are some of the things that may be expected of you as a pharmacy technician:

  • Gather the information from customers or healthcare professionals needed to fill a prescription
  • Count or measure medications for prescriptions
  • Prepare labels for medications and verify that the information is correct
  • Organize and stock medication inventory
  • File insurance claim forms
  • Interact with customers, doctors’ offices, and coworkers to ensure the safety of medications

Pharmacy Technician Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a pharmacy technician is $30,410.* Salaries can vary depending on where an individual is located, the amount of experience he or she has, and if there are any specializations.

Get Started Today

If you’re looking for a Pharmacy Technician training program near you, contact us to learn more about how we can help you further your career. Pharmacy Technician classes are forming now. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

† Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), https://www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/; and your state pharmacy board.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (accessed March 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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