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Pharmacy Technician Training Online

Blackstone Career Institute’s online Pharmacy Technician Training offers the quality education needed to secure a rewarding job in this prosperous healthcare field. Our Pharmacy Technician training includes a working knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmacy calculations, pharmacology, body systems and disorders, ethics, and professionalism.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Matters

Graduates of Blackstone Career Institute’s online Pharmacy Technician program are qualified to sit for the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) sponsored by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

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* Prospective students should contact their individual State Board of Pharmacy to determine the requirements necessary to become a pharmacy technician in their state.

  • Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
  • Study Method: E-books with online study guides and exams
  • Program Length: Completion time ranges from 4-12 months, with students given the option of up to 18 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.

Become A Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technician jobs will remain in demand! Across the nation, the increased age of the general population and the continued introduction of new medications makes it an ideal time to become a trained pharmacy technician. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of pharmacy technicians employed in the United States is expected to grow up to 12% by 2026.

Working as a pharmacy technician you can earn an attractive salary. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook the middle 50 percent of pharmacy technicians earning up to $30,920. The top 10% of pharmacy technicians earned more than $45,710. As with many careers, the earning potential of those in the pharmacy technician career varies depending on factors such as experience, skills, and geographic location. Working for a general medical or surgical hospital results in higher average earnings.

If you want to become a pharmacy technician, working in a rewarding, respected profession, Blackstone Career Institute’s accredited pharmacy technician training program can help you achieve your goals. Earning your pharmacy technician certificate can provide a career advantage as well as help you obtain professional certification.

Choosing to become a pharmacy technician opens up a wide range of employment opportunities in a variety of pharmacy settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, drugstore chains, grocery stores, and physicians’ offices. When you become a pharmacy technician, you’ll benefit from a high level of job security. With job prospects on the rise and new jobs expected nationwide, the need will remain for trained pharmacy technicians who understand pharmacy practice skills, including interacting with customers, medication, preparation, inventory control and the counting and labeling of medications.

Pharmacy Technician Career Opportunities

Pharmacy technicians fill an assortment of positions in almost every locale in a variety of pharmacy settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, drugstore chains, grocery stores, pharmaceutical sales, manufacturing companies and physicians’ offices. Often, pharmacy technicians choose positions based on unique interests and skills, previous work experience, or future goals.
No matter what your interests, the pharmacy technician field with its diverse options of employers, and positions likely holds the perfect opportunity for you and your dreams for the future.

Are you ready to become a pharmacy technician and enter a respected profession with a competitive salary, high job security, and rewarding job responsibilities? Get started today with Blackstone Career Institute’s accredited pharmacy technician training program.

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an exciting entry level Pharmacy Technician job. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Pharmacy Technician Curriculum

Our accredited online Pharmacy Technician Career Training Program is comprised of practical lessons that prepare you for entry-level position in a health-system, retail or hospital pharmacy working with the pharmacy team and assisting the pharmacist. Our lessons present the fundamentals of the Pharmacy Technician including:

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Unit I: Blackstone’s Skills for Success

Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
Chapter 3: Learn How to Study
Chapter 4: Keyboarding

Unit II: Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit III: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 1: An Introduction

Chapter 1: Basic Elements of Medical Terms
Chapter 2: Prefixes
Chapter 3: Roots and Suffixes
Chapter 4: Body Structure

Unit IV: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 2

Chapter 5: The Skeletal System
Chapter 6: The Muscular System
Chapter 7: The Integumentary System
Chapter 8: The Respiratory System

Unit V: English Usage and Written Communication

Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit VI: Time & Stress Management

Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
Chapter 7: TimeLogs
Chapter 8: TimeTips
Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit VII: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 3

Chapter 9: The Cardiovascular System
Chapter 10: The Urinary System
Chapter 11: The Digestive System
Chapter 12: The Nervous System

Unit VIII: Anatomy and Medical Terminology 4

Chapter 13: The Endocrine System
Chapter 14: Eyes and Ears
Chapter 15: Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
Chapter 16: The Reproductive System

Unit IX: Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice

Chapter 1: History of Pharmacy Practice
Chapter 2: The Professional Pharmacy Technician
Chapter 3: Communication and Customer Care
Chapter 4: Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Chapter 5: Terminology and Abbreviations

Unit X: Community and Institutional Pharmacy

Chapter 6: Dosage Formulations and Routes of Administration
Chapter 7: Referencing and Drug Information Resources
Chapter 8: Retail Pharmacy
Chapter 9: Health-System Pharmacy
Chapter 10: Technology in the Pharmacy
Chapter 11: Inventory Management

Unit XI: Pharmacy Calculations

Chapter 12: Insurance and Third-Party Billing
Chapter 13: Over-the-Counter (OTC) Products
Chapter 14: Introduction to Compounding
Chapter 15: Introduction to Sterile Products
Chapter 16: Basic Math Skills
Chapter 17: Measurement Systems

Unit XII: Pharmacology

Chapter 18: Dosage Calculations
Chapter 19: Concentrations and Dilutions
Chapter 20: Alligations
Chapter 21: Parenteral Calculations
Chapter 22: Business Math

Unit XIII: Creating an Effective Workplace Environment

Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
Chapter 2: Communication
Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
Chapter 4: Team Building

Unit XIV: Critical Thinking Skills

Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
Chapter 3: Metacognition
Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
Chapter 6: Critical Theories
Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit XV: Body Systems, Diseases and Pharmaceutical Treatments

Chapter 23: The Body and Drugs
Chapter 24: The Skin
Chapter 25: The Eyes and Ears
Chapter 26: The Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 27: The Musculoskeletal System
Chapter 28: Respiratory System
Chapter 29: The Cardiovascular, Circulatory, and Lymph Systems
Chapter 30: The Immune System
Chapter 31: The Renal System
Chapter 32: The Endocrine System
Chapter 33: The Reproductive System
Chapter 34: The Nervous System

Unit XVI: Special Topics in Pharmacology

Chapter 35: Medication Errors
Chapter 36: Workplace Safety and Infection Control
Chapter 37: Special Considerations for Pediatric and Geriatric Patients
Chapter 38: Biopharmaceuticals

Unit XVII: Professional Development and Medicolegal Ethics

Chapter 1: Professional Development
Chapter 2: Medicolegal Ethics
Chapter 3: HIPAA for the Allied Healthcare Worker

Unit XVIII: How to Find a Job as a Pharmacy Technician

Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
Chapter 2: The Job Search
Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Prepare to learn professional skills and work closely with pharmacists in our Pharmacy Technician program. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Pharmacy Technician Materials

Start your path to success... Earn your pharmacy technician certificate online!

Once you enroll in the Blackstone Pharmacy Technician Training Program, you'll receive the following pharmacy techincian course materials-- all included in your tuition:

BCi Pharmacy TechThe Pharmacy Technician: Foundations and Practices by Pearson

This e-book, the core of your pharmacy technician program, provides a clear understanding of the pharmacy technician profession, including responsibilities, step-by-step directions for performing procedures, basic math and pharmacy calculations practice, and pharmaceutical treatments for common diseases and disorders.

Blackstone Pharmacy Technician Program Study Guides

These six online study guides will lead you through The Pharmacy Technician: Foundations and Practices e-book, outlining all of the important points which are reinforced with self-check exercises.

Additional Blackstone Study Units

In addition to the six study guides accompanying The Pharmacy Technician: Foundations and Practices e-book, you will receive online access to twelve more exclusive Blackstone study units that will introduce you to important topics that will make your pharmacy technician program training complete and help prepare you for work in the field.

Mosby's Drug Reference for Health Professions, by Mosby/Elsevier

This invaluable online reference will give you concise, reliable information on the drugs you will come in contact with in a pharmacy setting. Key details for each drug include drug name, pronunciation, trade name(s), category and schedule, classification, mechanism of action, dosages, side effects, precautions and considerations.

Access to Blackstone's Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:

Financial Assistance

Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA program).

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an exciting entry level Pharmacy Technician job. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Pharmacy Technician Course Tuition

Pharmacy Technician Training Cost- Enroll for $59!

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable cost. Everything you need to get started in this exciting career working with pharmacists is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your budget and get started today!

Available Payment Plans

Remember: Use the promo code TAPP when you are enrolling!

The Pharmacy Technician Tuition Fee Includes:

  • All instruction, exam evaluation, and grading of homework assignments
  • Access to our Online Student Center
  • Lifetime access to student forums and chat rooms
  • Full student services and support during your program
  • Latest edition e-textbooks included with your course
  • Comprehensive study guides prepared by faculty and reviewed by subject matter experts
  • Exam grade reports with references for incorrect answers
  • Automatic six month time extension-a $250 value
  • Official BCI school transcript
  • An embossed Pharmacy Technician diploma upon completion of program requirements

Go to our Financial Assistance
section to review your financing options that include low cost payment programs, military TA and corporate reimbursement.

Methods of Payment

At BCI we want to put your mind at ease about expenses so you can focus on what really matters . . . obtaining the career education you need to get the job you want!
You may use your Visa, Discover, Master Card, or American Express to securely enroll online. You may also pay your tuition fee in full by money order, corporate check or personal check.

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International Student Policy:

International, Alaskan, Hawaiian and Canadian students are required to participate under the full payment plan only. There is an additional charge for shipping/handling of all materials. Please refer to the International Training page for requirements or call (800) 826-9228 prior to enrollment. AK, HI, Canadian and international students may be required to pay extra duties required by customs authorities at the time of receipt of study material.)


NOTE: To Employed Individuals
Some students may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement of their paralegal school tuition by their employers. Your company may be able to take advantage of The Employee Education Assistance Act (IRS Code, Section 127). Check with your supervisor or personnel department.

Student Tuition Protection Policy:

We offer a generous student tuition protection policy that covers cancellations and refunds. Review our policy here.

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an exciting entry level Pharmacy Technician job. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Resources for Pharmacy Technician Careers

Career Resources include sites that specifically relate to pharmacy technician careers. Find organizations to join and increase your networking abilities. Many of these organizations and associations have their own newsletters or magazines, job databases, and certification exams. You will also find links to other relevant web sites for pharmacy technician careers, as well as books, software or journals that can help as you build your professional knowledge.

Pharmacy Technician Associations

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
National Healthcareer Association
American Association of Pharmacy Technicians
National Community Pharmacists Association
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Technician Resources

American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
Med Watch
Food and Drug Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug lnfonet
U .S. Pharmacist

Job Resources Pharmacy Technician Careers

U .S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics- Occupational Handbook
RX Career center
Elite Pharmacy Jobs
Health Career Web
Healthcare Jobs
Absolutely Healthcare
Medical Workers.com
LinkedIn Job Search

Books, Journals, and other Resources for Pharmacy Technicians

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Pharmacy Technician's Letter
Pharmacy Times
The Journal of Pharmacy Technology

Remember: Use the promo code TAPP when you are enrolling!

State Licensing:  Because licensing and certification requirements differ from state to state, it is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work to determine the requirements. Prospective students should review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements. Simply click here to learn more on state licensing/regulatory boards and specific industry licensing information.