Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT) — MedCerts

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Issuing Authority Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) was established in 1995 and has certified over 525,365 pharmacy technicians through the examination and transfer process. PTCB develops, maintains, promotes and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.

CPhT Pharmacy Technician Certification Details

The certified CPhT program will teach you all the skills you need to gain the Certified Pharmacy Technician certification through the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board). 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.

**PLEASE NOTE: Students residing in the states of South Carolina, Louisiana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Utah, Michigan and Ohio – these states require Pharmacy Technicians to complete an ASHP-accredited program in order to become licensed. If the student's goal is to become certified and licensed as a Pharmacy Technician, please refer to our Pharmacy Technician Professional program, as it is ASHP/ACPE accredited and meets these state requirements.

Students residing in the state of Washington – this program is NOT approved for the long-term licensing of Pharmacy Technicians. The WA Board of Pharmacy has additional requirements if the student plans to permanently reside in Washington. If a student is living in WA short-term (less than 2-years) they can obtain a temporary license.

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MedCerts training programs are some of the most competitively price ways to start a new career.

MedCerts Community College Online College
Program & Tuition Cost $4,000 average Up to $20,000 $3,000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3–6 months 24–48 months 3–6 months
Schedule Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set class schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None: 100% online On-campus classrooms None: 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access Professors: scheduled office hours Support inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies: typically videos and presentations

This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.

CPhT Certification. Skill Gained

  • Receive and process prescription requests from patients, and those sent electronically from doctors’ offices
  • Accurately count, weigh, pour and mix medications
  • Prepare accurate prescription labels and package prescriptions
  • Prepare and Process insurance claim forms and manage inventory
  • Establish and maintain patient profiles as well as computerized patient records

CPhT Career PathwaysAttainable Jobs

highest Paying

Compounding Specialist (Compounding pharmacy tech)

Compounding specialists meet the needs of people who are unable to take medication in the commercial form. They receive orders from a multitude of prescribers and complete the compound mixtures in a safe and carefully controlled environment following special procedures.

$24000 - $55000
Estimated Salary

highest Paying

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work with pharmacists to help prepare and give out prescription medication, take prescriptions over the phone and in person, help mix medicines, count pills,measure medication, label and give instructions for medicine, help take payments, and work with health professionals and customers.

$19000 - $49000
Estimated Salary

highest Paying

Medication Adherence Technician

Prepares medication for the patients Medication Therapy Management process (MTM). These patients are transitioning from being in the hospital to going home.

$19000 - $45000
Estimated Salary

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“My entire experience with Medcerts has been amazing! I participated in a Pharmacy program and they have stuck with me the whole way. Even when I didn’t make my deadlines they still worked with me. Having genuine people who care and true support is amazing. Within 6 months I took the PTCB Exam and passed on the first try! When I say I couldn’t have done it without my team/ MedCerts. I am now officially a certified pharmacy technician within 6 months!!!! I would recommend this program to anyone. Thank you so much MedCerts!!!!! Certified babyyyyyy!!!!!”

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