Lakewood University

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Program Highlights
  • 16 Week Program
  • Accredited
  • Instructor Assistance
  • Your Own Success Coach
  • Books Included in Tuition

Lakewood University’s pharmacy technician program is accredited by ASHP/ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education). ASHP/ACPE recognizes pharmacy technician training programs that meet its quality and compliance standards through formal accreditation.

Lakewood University students will learn key concepts and skills through hands-on experience in the classroom and in real-world settings.

Topics covered include drug compounding, manufacturing and packaging operations, pharmaceutical terminology, patient interaction, pharmacy ethics and laws, inventory control, and other specialized lessons necessary to succeed as a healthcare professional.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be competitively positioned to begin a career in a wide range of community pharmacy settings.

Graduates will also be able to continue their education with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the credits earned in this program.

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Our students stand out from other graduates thanks to our partnership with Walgreens and CVS/Pharmacy nationwide. At Lakewood University, Pharmacy Technician graduates will have the opportunity to complete a pharmacy technician externship and receive hands-on pharmacy technician training.*


*COVID-19 may affect some areas of the USA  

Program Outcomes
Program Mission Statement
Program Outline
What You Receive
Career Outlook
Program Cost
Program Outcomes
  • Interpret physician orders and prescriptions for accuracy
  • Explain the role a pharmacy technician plays in the compounding of medications
  • Define medical and pharmaceutical terms and common abbreviations
  • Describe the role that the pharmacy technician plays in the pharmacy
  • Perform basic pharmaceutical calculations
  • Explain the differences between brand and generic medications
  • Recognize the role that the pharmacy plays in preventative services such as immunizations
  • Identify the individual state requirements for a pharmacy technician
  • Demonstrate the basic skills needed to effectively prepare for an interview

Program Mission Statement
To offer an accredited, flexible and affordable program that supports learners. These students will develop critical skills through relevant instruction and experience to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician to improve health outcomes in the communities they serve.

Program Outline

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS The following lists the minimum recommended hardware and software requirements a student will need to successfully access Lakewood College’s online academic programs: Audio: sound card and speakers or headphones for listening Internet connection: 56 Kbps for self-paced courses (caution: if video is present, it may be poor at this speed) Screen resolution: at least 800 x 600 Internet browser: IE 7 or greater, Firefox 2 or greater, browser set to accept cookies and to show the newest version of a page Media Player such Windows Media Player, Camtasia, or Vidster (all of which can be downloaded for free at the respective websites). Pop-up blocker must be disabled **For optimal results the following is recommended: Internet connection: Cable modem, DSL or better (required for high-quality video) Screen resolution: 1024 x 768

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. For more information regarding Ohio requirements for Pharmacy Technicians Click here or Click here for contact information on all other state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.


What You Receive

Lakewood University provides everything you need for the Pharmacy Technician Program. You will receive:

  • A program that includes conceptual learning, simulated activities (labs), and an externship experience at a pharmacy
  • Knowledge that prepares you for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam
  • Tuition includes online textbook & materials and the exam fee for your first attempt at the PTCB exam
  • Prepare you to meet your state’s specific pharmacy technician regulations
  • Program developed and taught by real-world pharmacy professionals
  • Hands-on learning and skills demonstration with a dedicated pharmacy technician trainer that will prepare you for the pharmacy workplace
  • Hands-On Experience In a Pharmacy Setting
    • Assistance from a dedicated pharmacy technician trainer to coordinate with you and a pharmacy in your community to set up an externship
  • Partnerships with various pharmacies within the retail, community, and hospital settings that continue to expand such as CVS Health, Walgreens, and University Hospitals of Cleveland*
  • Career readiness including professional development, interview preparation, and more
  • Student success coaching and unlimited tutoring
  • Opportunity to network with Pharmacy Technician students and alumni from across the country
  • Access to helpful online resources
  • Upon graduation, you will earn nine credits towards an Associate or Bachelors degree in Health Care Administration
Career Outlook

Employment is expected to increase much faster than average, and job opportunities are expected to be excellent, especially for those with formal training or certification. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will spur demand for pharmacy workers throughout the projection period. In addition, as scientific advances lead to new drugs, and as more people obtain prescription drug coverage, pharmacy workers will be needed in growing numbers.

The employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.

The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $33,950 in May 2019.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at (visited August 08, 2020).

Click here to view Lakewood University’s graduate performance on the PTCB Examination.

Program Cost
Payment PlanTotal TuitionEnroll
Pay in full
Payment in full: $10,400.00
Tuition: $10,400.00

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams, and instructional support at no cost to the student.

This is a 600 clock hour program with a tuition cost of $17.33 per clock hour (600 clock hours X $17.33 per clock hour = $10,400.00 in tuition).

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term