Pharmacy Technician Professional Certification Program

Pursue a career in pharmacy by gaining the knowledge and skills needed for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPT) credentialing exam.


25 Weeks






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The RX-3000 Pharmacy Technician Professional (ASHP/ACPE) program provides training of the highest standard, as defined by the American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (ASHP). The ASHP/ACPE recognizes programs that meet their quality and compliance standards through formal accreditation. The MedCerts Pharmacy Technician Professional program has been formally accredited by the ASHP/ACPE.
This online certification program provides comprehensive training in the areas of Human Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology and Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practices. Our innovative program incorporates instructor led video based training and demonstrations, along with activities and simulations performed by
students and graded by our instructors.
Upon completion of this program, students will have the knowledge to sit for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam sponsored by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). MedCerts covers the cost of this exam.
Students must complete a 6-week Externship experience at a Pharmacy location. The externship is the capstone of the Learning Experience, allowing you to apply what you have learned in a real‐world environment.

Hours Per Week

16 hours of study per week, on average

Job Growth​

Employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 11.8%, over the next ten years*

Potential Salary Range


*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Information

Programs may include courses such as:

  • Professionalism in Allied Health
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy, Physiology, & Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practices ASHP
  • Pharmacy Technician Externship
Hardware Computer Requirements
  • Computer/Processor:
    • 2 GHz or above
    • Intel Pentium 4 or above
    • AMD Athlon 3800+ or above
    • 512MB RAM or above
    • Keyboard and Mouse
    • CD-ROM Drive
    • Network Card 100BaseT or higher
    • Sound Card/Speaker/Headset
    • Configured default printer
  • Operating System:
    • PC: Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • Mac: OS X 10.5 or newer
    • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above

Software Computer Requirements
  • Internet browsers IE v6 and above, Mozilla Firefox v3.0 and above
  • We recommend using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for your internet browser if you have any issues with internet Explorer
  • Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution video adapter with 128MB VRAM and monitor. The latest versions Macromedia Flash player and Shockwave player plug-ins for Internet browser (Firefox doesn’t use plug-ins installed for IE)
  • Shockwave You may be asked to install Shockwave on your machine to facilitate your online training. Follow the steps to install Shockwave making sure to uncheck the box that states “Install Yahoo Tool bar”.
  • Active X If at some point you may be asked to install Active X, please do so.
  • Adobe Reader If you cannot open and read your transcript you will need to go to and download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

High Speed Broadband Internet Connection is Required
    Recommended Internet speeds:
    • Download speed of at least 25 mbps
    • Upload speed of at least 3 mbps
    • Ping response of less than 100ms

Coming in July 2023.  Students can enroll and study at their own pace.

Students enrolled in a structured Online workforce development program are required to engage in an academically related activity every week. If a student is absent for 10 consecutive calendar days, the students’ enrollment in the program will be terminated. A student whose enrollment is terminated for violation of the attendance policy may not re-enroll until the next cohort starts that offers the same course the student was scheduled. This provision does not circumvent the approved refund policy.

Certification Information

The Pharmacy Technician (CPT) credential is awarded by the private certification organization, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), and taken in addition to any state licensing or regulatory requirements.


Certified Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician certification exam provides the opportunity to work in a pharmacy setting and receive requests for prescriptions from doctor’s offices and patients.


Pharmacy Technician Professional Program students will participate in a required 160-hour (minimum) Externship Experience at a pharmacy. These clinical/externship requirements will be demonstrated in person at a clinical site in the presence of a site-approved individual (supervisor/manager/trainer). The site’s approved manager or supervisor must sign the externship survey well as the student time sheet prior to the student submitting to MedCerts.
MedCerts reviews all submissions, ensuring the information provided is accurate and meets the minimum clinical/externship requirements. Time sheets and other documentation submitted without a signature will be rejected and will need to be reviewed and signed by the clinical/externship site’s approved manager or supervisor. Students who submit documentation signed by any individual who is found not to be the clinical/externship site’s approved manager or supervisor may be subject to disciplinary action to the severity of termination from the clinical site and dismissal from their MedCerts program.
You may be required to pass a drug test and or background check prior to employment in this profession. 

Meet Your Enrollment Specialist

Tara is your Enrollment Specialist.  She is here to help you understand your program of interest, payment options and succeed!  Get in touch with Tara to learn more about your program, St. Ambrose University, and how to achieve your professional goals!

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