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Certified Pharmacy Technician Program (CPhT)

Become a PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician today!  As a pharmacy technician educator, the University of La Verne is committed to advancing medication safety through our quality Certified Pharmacy Technician program.   Participants enrolled in this program will be given the opportunity to learn the concepts necessary to become a pharmacy technician. They will discover and develop foundational skills that are essential to work in a pharmacy. This will be accomplished by participant participation in an externship of 120 hours, completion of the University of La Verne’s Certified Pharmacy Technician 96 hour training program and successfully passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam (PTCE). This program will prepare the participant to take and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE®).

Who Should Attend

This program is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career as a pharmacy technician and strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for  the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE®) in order to earn a nationally recognized California Pharmacy Technician Licence.  Pharmacy Technicians are sought-after professionals in pharmacies located in hospitals, drug stores, doctors’ offices and grocery stores. 


  • You must be a high school graduate , a general education development certificate  or foreign high school equivalent
  • Record free of felony and/or criminal convictions

Program Objectives

Prepare students to apply for registration with the California State Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician and to secure  employment in a retail, hospital, or long-term care facility pharmacy.  Topics of instruction include pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacology, California Pharmacy Law, abbreviations and symbols, and computer applications.  Students who successfully complete this program along with their externship of 120 hours should apply for the  Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE®).

Program Goals

Participants will learn how to:

  • Explain the role of the pharmacy technician in a pharmacy.
  • Define the laws that govern a pharmacy technician’s work.
  • Demonstrate competency performing pharmaceutical calculations.
  • Explain the steps of prescription processing.
  • Describe basic pharmacology principles.
  • Identify the most common medications.
  • Experience work in a pharmacy through shadowing.

Steps to Achieve CPhT Certification

  1. Complete high school or be within 60 days of completing high school
    1. Have a record free of felony and/or criminal convictions
  2. Create an account and apply at
  3. Schedule your date to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam (PTCE)
    1. PTCE is delivered at more than 1,400 Pearson test centers nationwide including more than 120 select military on-base test sites. Visit to find a convenient location.
  4. Register for and complete the Certified Pharmacy Technician training program at the University of La Verne
  5. Participate in an externship of at least 120 hours
  6. Take and pass the PTCE
  7. Recertify every 2 years to maintain active status and keep current in the field.
    1. Recertification candidates must complete 20 hours of pharmacy technician- specific (T-specific) CE. One of the 20 hours must be in pharmacy law and one must be in patient safety.

Role of Pharmacy Technician

A pharmacy technician is an essential member of the pharmacy team who fills important roles in pharmacies across practice settings, including community/retail, hospital/health-system, outpatient/ambulatory care, military, online/mail order, veterinary, telepharmacy, and more.  Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist.  Pharmacy technician roles and responsibilities range from entry-level to advanced and vary, depending on practice setting.  Pharmacy technicians may:

  • Enter prescription orders
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Operate automated dispensing systems
  • Maintain inventories
  • Arrange for patients to speak with pharmacists
  • Process insurance claims
  • Compound sterile preparations
  • Reconcile medications
  • Manage medical therapy
  • Assist with immunizations
  • Check other technician’s work
  • Verify prescriptions

Completing the Program

  • An attempt of all required assignments
  • A passing score of 70% or higher on all chapter exams
  • A passing score of 70% or higher on the final exam
  • An overall final course score of 70% or higher