The requirements for becoming a pharmacy technician vary from state to state in the US. We have provided links to state requirements below. As of the time of writing this article, there are no states that require a four year college degree to become a pharmacy technician.
Typically, states require that a student have either a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam.
Some states may require an in-person internship or hands on training, however, if you work in a state that requires a PTCB exam, you may train for the exam online. Furthermore, at the time of writing this article, the PTCB reports they are working on an online proctored exam.
Below, we have listed states that require a PTCB certification and do not mention any requirement for a four year degree. We also provided links to each state’s pharmacy board page. Furthermore, we have listed some online resources that you can use to prepare for the PTCB exam.
Keep in mind, employers have their own requirements and you should check out a few job descriptions for positions in your area.
Resources to prepare for the PTCB
In-state and Out-of-State tuition rates may apply to the following programs
Pharmacy Technician Program | North Dakota State College of Science – This is a PTCB recognized education/training program
MPA | Pharmacy Tech Advanced Training – Medication History – This is a PTCB recognized education/training program
Certification in Pharmacy Technician – CSU EastBay
Pharmacy Technician Certification Course – CUNY Continuing and Professional Studies
Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) Prep – This is Kaplan’s practice test question bank.
Official PTCB Practice Tools – the PTCB’s official practice tools
We will be adding more online programs to this list throughout the year, so feel free to check back with us!