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Pharmacy Technician

Program Details

Penn Foster Career School

Students are able to earn a Diploma by completing Penn Foster’s online Pharmacy Technician program. Interested students complete a total of 12 courses, consisting of a specialized course curriculum.

Student’s first lesson involves learning the role of a Pharmacy Technician. Students learn the regulations surrounding drug development and testing, and the review process for over-the-counter drugs.

Students are taught pharmacy operations such as prescription and medication orders, purchasing and storing drugs, and how to handle recalls and expired drugs. The students receive training in the types of medications prescribed, and major drug manufacturers and their products. Students learn preparation of prescriptions and drug dosage forms such as liquids, solids and creams. Students are informed on how to read and interpret directions on prescriptions, as well as the Latin abbreviations and pharmaceutical notations. In a pre-algebra review course, students refresh their knowledge of the metric system, ratios, proportions, measurement and solving equations.

Students practice pharmaceutical calculations for drug dispensing and preparation. Participants in the program are taught how drugs work on a cellular level in the body and what to do if there is an emergency concerning accidental drug ingestion or overdosing. Individuals also learn about compounding sterile products including IV’s, injectable drugs and parenteral admixtures for hospital or pharmacy settings. In the final set students will strengthen working knowledge of the concepts essential for pharmacy technician practice and serve as a review to prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Students interested in finding out more information or applying for the Pharmacy Technician program may do so on the Penn Foster website.


  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent

Accreditation & Licensing

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.