Pharmacy Technician Training Program (Online)

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This online Pharmacy Technician (ASHP/ACPE) certificate covers: pharmacology, pharmacy law, regulations and standards, business of a pharmacy (both retail and hospital), prescriptions, pharmaceutical calculations, nonsterile compounding, and more.

This externship program focuses on helping students gain the skills needed to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam and start working upon graduation. This program uses images, videos, simulations and interactive games to assist with learning the material and developing the necessary skills. We have partnered with community pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy to help fulfill externship requirements in your local area.

In addition to one-on-one instructor support and personalized graduate support, students receive ebooks and a Microsoft Office Specialist exam voucher. Upon successful completion of the program students will receive a University of Utah Pharmacy Technician program completion award.

This program is offered in partnership with CareerStep.

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Class Details

Schedule:The Pharmacy Technician training program includes 520 completion hours. Many students are able to complete their training program in as little as 4 months. Students who devote approximately 15 hours per week may finish in about 10 months.

If you are a University of Utah Health employee, you are eligible to participate in our UHealth Sponsorship program. This externship program focuses on helping students gain the skills needed to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam and start working upon graduation, and incorporates at least 200 hours of outpatient and inpatient pharmacy work. And, you’ll even get a tuition discount! Find out how to receive this amazing opportunity here!

Tuition: $3,899

  • MyCAA approved
  • UHealth Sponsorship participants receive a tuition discount:
  • Full-time employees: $3,000 discount (100% of the program costs)
  • Part-time employees: $1,500 discount (50% of the program costs)

Location: Online


  • In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.
  • Every student who enrolls in the Executive Assistant training program receives an initial 12-month period of enrollment. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 12-month enrollment, we have 4-month extensions available for purchase.


Flexible program fits your schedule.
You can start the program any time, and it’s self-paced to fit your schedule. You can complete it in as little as 2 months or can take the full 12 months to complete the program.

Employer-trusted training materials.
Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation are using this curriculum to train their employees. Our learners have even been hired to work remotely right after completion. Choose training employers prefer!

Expert-designed and supported career training.
Our program was built by experts with decades of experience to ensure you gain the skills you need to excel in this field, and your trainers are available by phone, email, and chat to help you learn the material.

Gain skills in a quickly growing field.
The pharmacy technician field is a part of the growing healthcare industry, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field will grow by 9%, or over 35,000 new jobs, before 2024.

Digital badge.
Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital badge upon satisfactory completion of all required courses.

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Who Should Attend

This program is designed for the following individuals:

  • Learners hoping to begin a new career as a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technicians (also known as pharmacy techs) are an integral part of any pharmacy team. The pharmacist is accountable for the safe distribution of medications and a pharmacy tech takes care of their customers by preparing medications, contacting their doctors with any queries, and helping them find the most affordable medications possible.
  • Learners interested in the flexibility to adjust the time and effort devoted to coursework each day.
Professional Education at the University of Utah

Phone: 801-585-1780
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Career Step (Educational Partner)

Phone: 877-225-7151