Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

pharmacy technician ("pt")

(6 month program access)

Be ready to take the PTCB national certification exam immediately upon graduation!

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam. Topics studied include pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, and pharmacy law, regulations, and standards, among others. During the training, students have the opportunity to participate in an on-site externship at a local Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, or independent pharmacy. In addition to one-on-one instructor support and personalized graduate support, students receive e-books, a drug reference handbook, and a voucher for the PTCB Exam.

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists :

  • receive prescription requests
  • prepare prescription medications
  • provide customer service
  • perform administrative duties

Training will be provided in the following areas:

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy law, regulations and standards
  • Business of a pharmacy (retail and institutional)
  • Prescriptions
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Nonsterile compounding
  • And more

Externships at Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.  Program includes a 120 hour externship with one of these retail pharmacies as long as positions are available in their local areas. 

After gaining a solid foundation of pharmacy technician knowledge in the course, the externship program offers the opportunity to begin gaining hands-on experience. Students can start their externship before they graduate—smoothing the transition from classroom to workplace and helping to cement the skills they’re learning in the training program with hands-on experience.

The Pharmacy Technician program can be completed in about 285 hours, or 3 - 6 months.  Externship hours are in addition to the program hours.

Enrollment includes e-books, a drug reference handbook, and a voucher for the PTCB Exam.

To tour the online program please visit the Online Program Demo.

For Pharmacy Technician Access:
Login ID: stcloudpt
Password: demo

Pharmacy Technician Industry Facts and Program Details


General Program Information:

Program Flyer (PDF)

Program Cost:  $1995

(Includes course materials, program access, textbooks, and shipping)


To Enroll please call: (877) 225-7151

Please mention that you are enrolling through St. Cloud State University. This will ensure you receive a certificate from SCSU upon successful completion of the program.


Tuition Payment Plans

Please contact Tammy at 320.308.4252 or if you have any questions.


Additional Online Programs We Offer:

Professional Medical Coding and Billing

Medical Billing

Medical Transcription

Medical Transcription Editor Supplement



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