Pharmacy Technician

University of West Florida Continuing Education is offering an exciting opportunity for those interested in beginning a new career as a Pharmacy Technician. The Pharmacy Technician Training course is available for the career-minded, working adult. We realize work, life and family obligations can sometimes prevent you from attending educational opportunities. With that in mind, we have tailored the program to fit the busy schedules required by family life and work.

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The course is designed to prepare students to successfully pass the National Pharmacy Technician Board Exam and directly enter the exciting field of pharmacy. Our program includes a well-blended mix of classroom, audio-visual presentation and hands-on experience at local pharmacies. Instruction is provided by experienced, licensed pharmacists and technicians who are current practitioners in the field of pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Technician certification program offers students both theoretical and practical training through hands-on experience. Classes meet two days a week. Generally, the classes are held on a weeknight and Saturday mornings or two weeknights depending on the location. The duration of the course is 14 weeks and includes preparation for the certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). In addition to 84 hours in the classroom, and homework study time, our students are eligible to complete an 80-clock-hour externship experience. The externship serves as working experience, as well as a reference for future employment.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Prep  

Dates: March 16 - June 22, 2021
Schedule: Tues. 6 - 9 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
No class 4/3, 5/29

To obtain more information about course content, applying for a loan and any other questions for the Pensacola class, please email or call Delphie Whiteman at 817-694-6231. For the Fort Walton Beach class, email or call Mimi Gonzales at 817-681-4050. Military Spouse funding available.

Location: Online
Tuition $3,900
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UWF Pharmacy Technician Training — PTCB Recognized Education/Training Program™

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites for the course include:

  • A high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • No felony or misdemeanor related to the sale of drugs. Traffic violations and any other issues must be cleared up before the externship. This is the sole responsibility of each student
  • A history of vaccinations is periodically required to work in the externship
  • Commitment to the rigorous 14-week course schedule
  • Pharmacology for Technicians Textbook and Workbook
  • Complete Math Review for the Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Calculations for Technicians
  • Flash Cards of the Top 200 Drugs
  • Scrub Set
  • PTCB Exam Review Guide
  • Pocket Guide for Technicians Generic-Brand Name Reference
  • Externship Manual
  • Pharmacy Technician Student Manual
  • Course Handouts

To maintain a low teacher-student ratio seating is LIMITED. We will be accepting 25 applicants into this program.

To register and pay tuition, please call Student Support Services at 850-473-7468 or send a check or money order to The University of West Florida, Building 77, 11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514. We accept payment via check, money order or credit card. You may apply for a loan, MYCAA funding or WIA funding.


Craig Palmer Pharmacy Tech Alum"This exceptional course is well worth the price of admission! I passed the national exam on my initial attempt and was hired by CVS Pharmacy a few weeks after completing the course.  I sped through CVS’s training program as a result of this course.  Each day while working in the pharmacy the 'return of investment' of this valuable curriculum grows exponentially!”
— Craig Palmer, Pharmacy Technician Program Alumn 

Pharmacy Technicians - Employment & Education

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases.

Job Stats

  • Job Outlook: 7% (Faster than average) 
  • Number of Jobs, 2018: 420,400
  • Median Pay: $32,700 per year 

Source: February 2020