Pharmacy Technician Specialist Certification Program

Pursue a career in pharmacy by gaining the knowledge and skills needed for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) credentialing exam.


16 Weeks






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Certified Pharmacy Technicians play vital roles in the healthcare system. In the past, technicians were looked upon as people behind the counter who fill prescriptions and count pills. With the evolving and expanded role the pharmacy technician plays, your professional services will ensure that patients receive the best health care outcomes and obtain the best results from their medications.

This 16-week online Pharmacy Technician certification program provides comprehensive training in the areas of Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology, and Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practices.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification program is designed to equip you with the knowledge required to take the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Hours Per Week

16 hours of study per week, on average

Job Growth​

6.8% over the next ten years*

Average Salary

Average starting salary $30,851*

*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
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 Certified Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT) credential is awarded by the private certification organization, the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), 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.


This is a Certification Preparation program and DOES NOT contain all required components of an ASHP-Accredited program, specifically the simulation/lab component and a required externship.

This program is NOT available to students who plan to work in the following states: SC, LA, SD, ND, VA, WV, UT, MI, MD, and OH. Students residing in WA state, this program is eligible for short-term (less than 2 years), temporary licensing, but not long-term.

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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