Q: Will the AIU Pharmacy Technician Certification preparation course help me prepare for certification?
A: Yes. Our online certification prep course is designed to help you prepare for the PTCB’s Certified Pharmacy Technician Exam®.5 Completing this course also helps you satisfy the PTCE’s educational prerequisite.
Q: Do I need pharmacy technician certification?
A: Each state’s pharmacy technician requirements vary, and not every state requires certification. Certain employers do require pharmacy technicians to be certified, even if the state does not. However, becoming certified may make it easier for you to pursue a pharmacy technician career path.3 While you can study the information needed for the PTCB National Certification Exam, you'll still need to make your own independent assessment regarding your personal eligibility to sit for any certification (and licensure, if applicable) examinations related to this program. You should check with your state’s Board of Pharmacy to confirm its requirements. More information about state regulations can also be found on the PTCB website.
Q: Do I need a license to become a pharmacy tech?
A: As with certification, requirements vary by state. Not all states have pharmacy technician licensing requirements. You should check with your state’s Board of Pharmacy to confirm its pharmacy technician certification and licensing requirements. More information about state regulations can also be found on the PTCB website.
Q: How long will it take to complete my pharmacy technician exam preparation classes?
A: AIU’s Pharmacy Technician certification prep course can be completed in one year or less. You will be issued a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course and a voucher to sit for the PTCE® exam. Although the topics and skills covered in the course are designed to help you prepare to sit for the PTCE®, it does not guarantee a passing score. AIU cannot guarantee that students who complete this course will be eligible to take third-party certification examinations. Certification requirements for taking and passing these exams are controlled by outside entities and are subject to change without notice to AIU.
Q: Are there educational prerequisites for this prep course?
A: No. There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, to be eligible to sit for the PTCB’s Certified Pharmacy Technician Exam®, you must have a high school diploma or GED and have completed a PTCB-recognized education/training program or have equivalent work experience as a pharmacy technician (500 hours). Possessing certain skills, though not required, might be beneficial as you move through the course as well. These include:
- Keyboarding proficiency (35 words per minute)
- KFamiliarity with a word processing program (e.g., Microsoft Word)
- KStrong English grammar and punctuation skills
- KHigh-school-level math skills (e.g., percentages and decimals)
Q: What kind of academic support does AIU’s Pharmacy Technician prep course provide?
A: An instructor will be available to answer your questions via email and to provide you with performance feedback.