Pharmacy Technician Training in Pittsburgh | Institute of Medical and Business Careers

Pharmacy Technician

Diploma in Pittsburgh, PA

Helping others is your passion. Your friends and family know you have an attention for detail and a caring personality. You believe that everyone deserves a great customer experience.


Program Length: About 14 Months1
Format: On-Campus
Course Length: 6 Weeks
Average Class Size: 25 or Less
Job Outlook: Faster than Average2

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Mary Beth Dummitt

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Mary Beth Dummitt
IMBC Pharmacy Technician Student

Pharmacy technicians focus on helping patients with their medication needs and assisting a pharmacist with the operational aspects for a pharmacy. Customer service is an important element of being a great pharm tech because you will be interacting with customers, patients, insurance companies and physicians throughout your work day.

Pharm techs also will work with computers to fulfill prescriptions, bill insurance companies, and support the operations of the pharmacy. It’s a job that requires attention to detail and regulations such as properly handling medications.

Students in the pharmacy technician program will learn how to enter prescription and patient information into computer systems, how to resolve insurance questions, medication inventory management, and how to keep appropriate documentation of pharmacy records.

Students will also learn clinical duties including: filling prescriptions, preparing intravenous (IV) solutions, preparing unit dose medications, taking a patient’s blood pressure, and assisting the pharmacist with immunizations.

While training to be a pharmacy technician, you will take courses in pharmaceutical terminology, disease processes, pharmaceutical calculations, community pharmacy and institutional pharmacy, as well as receive in-depth, hands-on experience in our fully-equipped school labs.

Toward the completion of your program all students will participate in an internship that lets you practice your new skills in a real healthcare setting with professional supervision. Before and during your internship, you may be required to have drug test. Some medical internship sites may also require a criminal background check. Please speak with your admissions representative prior to enrolling in this program if a drug test or background check presents an obstacle for you.

Finally, upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek a certification to demonstrate your mastery of the course material. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board administers the certification exam. The cost of the professional certification exam is included in your program. Certification exams are not required for employment; however, employers understand students passing voluntary, third-party, certification exams validate their competencies, skills, and abilities in the specialized field of study. IMBC believes students passing certification exams have a more competitive employment advantage for being hired over students with no certification.

Typical courses in the Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program:

Required Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • College Communications
  • Keyboarding I
  • Pharmacology
  • Mathematics for Allied Health
  • Disease Processes
  • Medical Terminology I
  • Medical Terminology II
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pharmacy Terminology
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Institutional Pharmacy
  • Professional Development
  • National Certification Review
  • Internship

Top questions about pharmacy technician training and career outcomes:

  1. What does a pharmacy technician do?
    Pharmacy technicians focus on helping patients with their medication needs and assisting a pharmacist with the operational aspects for a pharmacy. Customer service is an important element of being a great pharm tech because you will be interacting with customers, patients, insurance companies and physicians throughout your work day. Pharm techs also will work with computers to fulfill prescriptions, bill insurance companies, and support the operations of the pharmacy. It’s a job that requires attention to detail and regulations such as properly handling medications.
  2. What types of places does a pharmacy technician work at?
    Pharmacy technicians might work at l
    ocal pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, hospitals, nursing care facilities or correctional institutions.
  3. How long is the pharmacy technician training program?
    Most students will typically complete the pharmacy technician training program in about 14 months. 
    However, your actual time will vary depending on your academic progress, success, the number of courses you take and other factors.
  4. What should I look for in a top school for pharmacy technician training?
    Consider your options carefully by ensuring your school is accredited to ensure the program meets generally accepted academic standards. Look for a school that fits your schedule, work-life balance, and can provide you the support you need such as tutoring and career services. And finally, find out if your school will prepare you for taking any necessary certifications as well as cover those exam costs.
  5. What is the internship for the pharmacy technician program?
    Toward the completion of your program all students will participate in an internship that lets you practice your new skills in a real healthcare setting with professional supervision.
  6. What is the certification exam in the pharmacy technician training program?
    Upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek a certification to demonstrate your mastery of the course material. The cost of the exam is included in your program. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board administers the certification exam.

Graduates of this program are prepared to seek entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician in the following types of organizations:

  • Local pharmacies
  • Mail-order pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Correctional institutions

Some medical internship sites and employers may require a criminal background check and/or a drug test. Students may need to relocate to obtain gainful employment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Education3, it is expected that 47,600 new jobs in this field will be created between 2016 and 2026. As of 2016, there were approximately 402,500 people employed in this field.

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  1. This figure represents the typical length a program takes to complete. However, your actual program completion time may vary based upon your academic progress, course progression and any breaks.
  2. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  3. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm