5 steps to becoming a Pharmacy Technician

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • March 12, 2024
  • 3 min read
Pharmacy Technician

Have you ever thought about how fascinating a career as a pharmacy technician might be? If so, there are many ways to get started. 

Pharmacy technicians are in demand right now, and for good reason. The average salary of a pharmacy technician is $30,000 a year. 

You can find many jobs with flexible hours and work in a variety of settings! Becoming a pharmacy technician is easier than you think – Northwest Career College offers an online course that will show how to become a pharmacy technician in just nine months!

If you’re interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, here are five steps to get your new career started.

Step One: Complete an NCC Course

The first step on your road to a new career as a pharmacy technician is to enroll at NCC. 

After you’ve completed your course, NCC will work with the PTCB to make sure you receive all of the necessary education and training. 

Here at NCC, our pharmacy technician course covers how to prepare medications, how to fill prescriptions, and how to take inventory as well as many other skills you’ll need to become a pharmacy technician.

Step Two: Get Certified by Taking the Pharmacy Technician Exam

Once you complete your coursework at NCC, there is an exam that must be successfully passed in order to become a certified pharmacy technician – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). 

Northwest Career College offers review sessions to give you the highest chance of passing the PTCE.

Step Three: Meet State Requirements to Work as a Pharmacy Technician in Your City or County

Depending on what state you are in, you may need other qualifications or certifications in order to work as a pharmacy technician. 


For example, in California, you must submit an application to the Board of Pharmacy and pay a fee. You need to do this before beginning work at any pharmacy or drugstore. 

Step Four: Apply for Jobs and Gain Experience Working with Patients

There is an abundance of jobs available nearly everywhere because pharmacists need help running their stores! 

A job as a pharmacist assistant provides great pay along with flexible hours so there are also a lot of people apply for them. 

To help you stand out in the job market, we provide all our pharmacy technician students with an externship. 

This hands-on experience allows you to gain valuable knowledge on how to work with patients. 

Step Five: Enjoy your new career

You’ve done the hard bit, so now you can sit back and enjoy your new career as a pharmacy technician. 

Good luck and we hope to see you in class soon!

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Northwest Career College is one of the premier pharmacy technician schools in Las Vegas. Our course provides our students with the skills and training they need to take advantage of the growing need for pharmacy technicians. 

Our experienced instructors offer online and on-campus classes to accommodate your Las Vegas work and family schedule. 

Once you’ve graduated, we continue to support you, and the commitment of our Career Services Team has led to us having a 100% job placement rate for our pharmacy technician graduates. Call us today at (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our enrollment specialists. 

Samantha Huntsman
Pharmacy Technician Program Chair

Raised in Cedar City in southern Utah, Samantha ended up in Nevada in 2014 after moving here from Minnesota to escape the winter. After graduating from Cedar City High School, Samantha moved to Southern Utah University where she got her…Read Full Bio