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Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is a 24-week, hybrid, undergraduate certificate program designed to prepare students for national certification and employment as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). The pharmacy technician program immerses students in the various technical and administrative tasks and responsibilities required of today’s pharmacy techs through a combination of online didactic coursework and in-person skill labs and internship experiences.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is currently offering skill labs in Montana, Oregon, and Washington. All Pharmacy Technician Certificate program skill lab sites meet current state regulations and credential requirements. In-person attendance at one of our four skill lab locations is required for students enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program – some travel may be required.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program offers two pathways for students to complete the program, Earn-While-You-Learn or Non-Earn Academic Industry Partnership. Both program tracks offer students the same curriculum, skill lab experience and internship opportunities.

The University of Providence’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is proud to be a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Recognized Education/Training program. The PTCB issues this recognition to pharmacy tech education and training programs that meet a specific set of requirements set forth by the PTCB. In meeting these benchmarks, our program is approved by the PTCB to prepare students to meet the requirements to pass the PTCB-CPhT exam successfully.


Program Highlights

  • Earn-While-You-Learn Pathway

The Earn-While-You-Learn pathway offers students a different way to complete the program. Through the pathway, students can graduate debt free, be employed under contract, and become nationally certified as a pharmacy technician – all while getting paid.

  • Accelerated 24-Week Curriculum

Students who choose the UP’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate program can graduate in as little as 24-weeks, helping them test for and receive national certification faster than other programs.

  • Integrated PTCB-CPhT Exam-Preparation

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate programs offers an exam-preparation course designed to prepare students for national certification as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). For currently employed pharmacy technicians seeking certification, a stand-alone, eight-week, online exam-prep course is offered. Learn more about the Pharmacy Technician Exam-Prep Course.

  • Internship Opportunities

All students enrolled in the Pharmacy Tech program complete an 8-week, 32-hour per week internship. Internships are completed alongside certified pharmacy technicians and pharmacists at one of the many local healthcare providers the University of Providence has partnered alongside.

  • Incentives & Partnerships

Currently employed healthcare professionals can learn more about tuition discounts on the Healthcare Professional Tuition Incentive page. Providence Caregivers and their dependents can learn more about tuition discounts and other benefits through the Human Resources Service Portal.

  • Strong Certification Exam Pass Rates

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program provides a comprehensive overview of pharmacy practice, including key skills, competencies, and practices. Our Pharmacy Technician Certificate program currently holds a pass rate of 95% on the National Certification Exam.


Program Curriculum

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program delivers six courses over two semesters, totaling 24-weeks or six months in length. The program is broken down by semester, with students completing the first semester over a 16-week period and the second semester over an accelerated eight-week period. During the first 16-week semester, students complete didactic coursework and eight in-person weekend skill labs. During the second eight-week semester, students complete an online exam-prep course in addition to a 32-hour per week internship through a partner facility.

Following acceptance into the program but prior to course registration, students take a 100% online Moodle Orientation course to introduce the online learning platform. This mandatory course is required for registration into the program orientation and immersion. Successful completion of the program includes completion of each course with a grade of 75% or higher and completion of the internship. Students graduate with 20 college credits and are eligible to sit for national certification.

Learn More: Pharmacy Technician Certificate Curriculum

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Major Credits

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program courses are designed to prepare students with key technical and administrative skills required of today’s pharmacy techs.

  • XPHM 100: Introduction to Pharmacy (3 Credits)
  • XPHM 110: Pharmacy Practice I (3 Credits)
  • XPHM 120: Pharmacy Practice II (3 Credits)
  • XPHM 130: Pharmacy Practice III (3 Credits)
  • XPHM 140: Pharmacy Tech Exam Prep (3 Credits)
  • XPHM 195: Pharmacy Internship (5 Credits)


Total Credits: 20

Program Costs

The University of Providence is committed to affordability and providing pricing transparency for all School of Health Professions programs. Pricing transparency at UP includes:

  • Accessible and up-to-date information on tuition costs, university fees, application and admission fees, deposit amounts, and additional program costs.
  • Cost of attendance worksheets outlining specific tuition layouts by program and semester.
  • Information about scholarship opportunities and tuition discounts for specific groups.
  • Information about the financial aid process.


Visit our Tuition and Fees page to access the latest pricing information. Access the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Estimated Cost Breakdown Sheet to view pricing information for this certificate program, including a cost breakdown by semester and associated program costs.

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is eligible for federal financial aid (FASFA). Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process and for support in applying.


A Career As A Pharmacy Technician

Students graduating with a Pharmacy Technician Certificate and who receive national certification go on to serve as pharmacy technicians across healthcare. The most common places for pharmacy technicians to work are retail pharmacies, drug stores, and hospitals. However, technicians can also find work in pharmacy labs, large healthcare clinics, and drug manufacturing facilities.

Common pharmacy technician job responsibilities include preparing, sorting, packaging, and labeling medication, organizing, and managing pharmacy inventory, filling customer prescriptions, answering customer questions, and processing customer payment and insurance information.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that jobs for Pharmacy Technicians will increase slightly higher than the national average over the next ten years. The industry is expected grow at a rate of 6%, adding 25,900 jobs between 2022 and 2032. Salaries for pharmacy techs vary by multiple factors. Nationally, Certified Pharmacy Technicians make from $31,000 to $48,000, with the average salary for a technician being $39,117.


Application & Admission Requirements

The University of Providence’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate program accepts applications for fall and spring enrollment. Application deadlines are August 16 each year for fall enrollment and December 20 for spring enrollment. For updated information on undergraduate application requirements, deadlines, and program-specific requirements, please visit the University of Providence admissions page.

View the following application and admission requirements both Pharmacy Technician pathways:

Program Application: Applicants must complete an online undergraduate application.

Applicant Age: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older for consideration.

Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit their official high school transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from your high school. Include transcripts from any dual enrollment or other pre-college programs attended, and results of any AP tests.

Submit official transcript(s) from any university/college where undergraduate coursework was completed. Transcripts can be sent directly to the following address: University of Providence | Admissions | 1301 20th Street South | Great Falls, MT 59405, or may be submitted electronically directly from the institution.

Minimum GPA Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75. If a minimum 2.75 GPA was not achieved in prior high school or college coursework, an additional admission essay and academic review will be required for admission into the program.

Criminal Background Check: Applicants must pass a criminal background check

Background checks must be completed prior to program enrollment

Mathematics Placement Exam: Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must complete a math placement exam and review math assignments successfully.

Additional Program Information

Learning Outcomes

Discover learning outcomes for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program:

  • Provide compassionate and culturally appropriate care across care settings and life span.
  • Provide high quality and safe care with every patient encounter.
  • Perform within the ethical and legal boundaries of the Pharmacy Technician scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and communication skills to improve the work environment and patient outcomes.
Skills You’ll Learn

Discover the skills you’ll learn in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program:

  • Compounding intravenous (IV) solutions
  • Delivering medications to and from satellite pharmacies
  • Restocking automated medication dispensing systems
  • Mixing and dispensing orally administered medications.
  • Unit-dosing tablets from a bulk bottle
  • Receiving and confirming prescription orders
  • Preparing and filling prescriptions
  • Practicing medication safety
  • Managing inventory and performing organizational tasks
  • Entering prescription orders into pharmacy computer systems
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Verifying insurance and payment information
  • Providing customer service to patients
Skill Lab Locations

Discover the skill lab locations offered in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program:

  • Missoula, Montana
    • Providence St. Patrick Hospital: 500 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802
  • Richland, Washington
    • Kadlec Regional Medical Center: 888 Swift Blvd, Richland, WA 99352
  • Seattle, Washington
    • Swedish Ballard: 5300 Tallman Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Portland, Oregon
    • Providence Portland Medical Center: 4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive

The University of Providence is committed to supporting the healthcare workforce by empowering current healthcare professionals to start, enhance or advance their career in healthcare. The Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive (HPTI) Program provides currently employed healthcare professionals with the opportunity to apply tuition discounts to in-demand programs offered through our School of Health Professions catalog.

Visit the Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive Program page to learn more.


Providence Health & Services Partnership

Our unique partnership with Providence Health allows eligible Providence Caregivers and their dependents to receive an exceptional education from an accredited, faith-based, university. Caregivers and their dependents who enroll at the University of Providence can receive many possible benefits, such as discounted tuition rates and preferred admission, as part of their education benefits. Visit the Providence Human Resources Service Portal to learn more about caregiver education benefits, the application process for our programs, and tuition discounts.

Earn-While-You-Learn Pathway

Pathway Overview

The Earn-While-You-Learn pathway offers students a different way to earn their Pharmacy Technician Certificate. Through the Earn-While-You-Learn program, students can graduate debt free, employed at a pharmacy under contract, and nationally certified as a pharmacy technician – all while getting paid. The pathway is available to a SELECT NUMBER OF STUDENTS EACH SEMESTER. Students who are enrolled in the Earn-While-You-Learn program enroll in the same Pharmacy Technician Certificate courses, and are required to meet the same graduation, curriculum, skill labs, and internship requirements.

Pathway Completion Process

Students considering the Earn-While-You-Learn pathway can expect to take the following steps as part of their journey through the application, program, and graduation process:

  1. Student applies for employment at a participating pharmacy location.
  2. Student completes any application/interview processes outlined by the participating pharmacy.
  3. Student is hired by the pharmacy under employment contract.
  4. Student applies for admission at the University of Providence.
  5. Student completes all coursework, skill lab, and internship requirements.
  6. Student applies for and takes the PTCB-CPhT national certification exam.
  7. Student passes the CPhT exam and goes on to work for the hiring pharmacy.
  8. Student works at the hiring pharmacy for the lifetime of the employment contract.
Available Locations

Program locations vary based on availability and are subject to change depending on the hiring needs of the participating pharmacy locations.

Listed below are currently hiring locations for FALL 2024:

Employment Contract Information

All students enrolled in the Earn-While-You-Learn pathway are required to sign an employment contract with the hiring entity indicating their commitment to work for the partnering pharmacy upon completion of the program for a determined timeframe set forth by the employer. All employment contracts, pay, tuition reimbursement and other associated contract stipulations are determined and negotiated through the student and the partnering pharmacy. UP is not involved in any work contract negotiation.

Pharmacy Technician Exam-Prep Course

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Exam-Prep course is a single, 8-week, asynchronous course offered 100% online. Open to currently practicing technicians, the course combines multiple learning modalities into a single, streamlined course for working technicians who are seeking national licensure through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of a PTCB-recognized education or training program


  • Successful completion of 500 minimum hours of work experience as a pharmacy tech
Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Applications must be submitted through the Pharmacy Technician Exam-Prep application.

Course List

Pharmacy Technician Exam-Prep Course

  • XPHM 293: Pharmacy Technician National Exam Prep Course
Program Costs

Pricing information for the Pharmacy Technician Exam-Prep course includes:

  • General Tuition Rate: $1,100
  • Healthcare Professionals Tuition Rate: $640
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam Fee: $129
  • Textbook: $35 (Est)


Total Program Cost (General): $1,264

Total Program Cost (Healthcare Professional: $804

Start Your Career In Healthcare With A Pharmacy Technician Certificate At UP

Start your journey to becoming a certified pharmacy technician with a Pharmacy technician Certificate from the University of Providence. Our dynamic program curriculum and qualified faculty will provide you with the support and quality education you need to succeed. Enroll today.

Find out more about the program by Requesting Information.

Contact Information


Angela Walker, MHA

Pharmacy Technician Program Manager

Frankie Lyons, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Health Programs