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Pharmacy Technician


Train to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Prepare for a career as a pharmacy tech 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 tech 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.

Jean Marie, Student

At first, I was scared and timid, but now I am more confident. They’re willing to help you. They’re willing to stay after class. They prepare us and set us up for success.

Jean Marie, Student

Get Career-Ready Skills in Our Pharmacy Tech 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 pharmacy tech 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. Did you know pharmacy techs were named as one of the least stressful jobs? Read the list to see why!

How to Become a Certified 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 registration/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).†

Olga, Student

You can have one-on-one time with the instructors. I feel like they are teaching because they love what they do. So they want you to love what you do, as well. They are there to push you and really help you out because they see the passion that we have in our eyes. To me, it’s just very different than being at a university, where you really don’t know your professor. Here, there’s a bond. I really love that. It just felt very at home. It didn’t seem like I was just a number. They want to help you fulfill your dreams.

Olga, Student

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.

Before you start applying for pharmacy tech jobs, read our tips on improving your resume!

Where do our Pharmacy Technician graduates work?

After completing the Pharmacy Technician program at Brightwood College, our Career Development 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 tech:

  • 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.

Download Infographic: Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook

Get Started Today

If you’re looking for a Pharmacy Tech school near you, contact us to learn more about how we can help you further your career. Pharmacy Technician classes are forming now. Learn more about types of financial aid.

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),; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),; and your state pharmacy board.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, (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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