Online Pharmacy Technician Degrees by State
This comprehensive list of online pharmacy technician and pharmacy degrees is organized by state to help students choose the best program for their needs. Licensing and certification requirements for pharmacy technicians vary widely, making it difficult for prospective students to choose a program they can be sure will meet all the practice requirements for the state they live in. We've made the search easier by providing overviews of the licensing and certification requirements for pharmacy technicians in each state. States not included in the list do not have online degrees available at this time.
The programs listed on this page are available in fully online format unless marked otherwise, offering students maximum flexibility as they complete their studies. To browse a comprehensive alphabetical list of all pharmacy technician degree programs, visit our Complete Guide to Online Pharmacy Technician Certification.
Pharmacy technicians in Alaska are regulated by the state's Board of Pharmacy. Once an individual is hired, he or she must complete a pharmacy technician license application. An applicant may receive temporary registration status or be denied registration if shown to be in arrears of child support payments or student loans. Pharmacy technicians may only obtain registration status if they are completing an on-the-job training program that is directed by a pharmacist. Licenses expire and must be renewed every two years on even years. No national registration is required for a pharmacy technician in Alaska.
Online students looking to work as licensed pharmacy technicians in Arizona must be PTCB certified. They must provide proof of this certification in the form of a certificate, wall card, or a letter stating that the technician passed the PTCB certification process. Having obtained PTCB certification, technicians may apply for their license online, although they must also provide a fingerprints in person. Licenses must be renewed every two years.
Online students wishing to work as pharmacy technicians must be licensed to practice in California. To obtain a pharmacy technician license, the student must possess either a PTCB certification, proof of pharmacy technician training in the armed services, or a college degree in a pharmacy-related subject area. The degree can be an associate degree in pharmacy technology, graduation from a school of pharmacy that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, completion of any training course that is accredited by the American Society of Healthy-System Pharmacists, or completion of 240 hours of study in any other pharmacy-related field. Candidates must complete an application for licensure, which may take up to three months to be approved. They should also be prepared to show proof of citizenship, a passport photo, and proof of high school graduation or GED as well as fingerprints and self-query report. Pharmacy technician licenses in California must be renewed every two years.
Online students looking to work as pharmacy technicians in the state of Colorado do not generally have to be certified or licensed. An exception occurs if there are more than three pharmacy technicians working in a business with one pharmacist on staff. Should this occur, at least one of the pharmacy technicians must obtain certification. Colorado recognizes both ICPT and PTCB certification. In lieu of certification, pharmacy technicians may show that they have completed a minimum of 500 hours of on-the-job training under a pharmacist or that they have graduated from an accredited pharmacy technician training program.
Online students aspiring to work as pharmacy technicians in the state of Florida must be both certified and licensed. An applicant must be at least 17 years of age and employed by a pharmacy or hospital prior to registering as an active pharmacy technician. Other requirements include proof of citizenship as well as proof of age. The certification process must be overseen by an approved pharmacy technician training program, although some individuals complete PTCB certification or pharmacy technician programs through the armed services. Once an online student has obtained certification, the he or she can register and request licensure through the state of Florida. Licenses expire and must be renewed every two years.
Online students will need to be registered and licensed in order to work as pharmacy technicians in the state of Georgia, although they do not have to be certified to obtain licensure. Applicants for registration must be at least 18 years old and must show proof that they are currently enrolled in high school, have graduated from high school, or have successfully completed a GED program. All applicants for licensure must submit fingerprints and pass a criminal background check. Although certification is not required in Georgia, the state does recognize PTCB certification. Online students should take note that PTCB certification may be necessary in the circumstance that more than three pharmacy technicians are employed in a non-hospital setting. Georgia pharmacy technician licenses expire every two years on odd years.
Online students looking to work as pharmacy technicians in Idaho have some options not offered by most other states. Students may obtain ICPT or PTCB certification as a prerequisite to being licensed by the state. Alternately, a student can register as a technician-in-training, which allows him or her to be employed as a technician for two years without holding any certification. At the end of that two years, the individual must obtain the ICPT or PCTB certification in order to practice as a licensed pharmacy technician. Technicians-in-training must be at least 16 years old, provide fingerprints, and submit to a criminal background check. In addition to these guidelines, potential pharmacy technicians must provide proof of high school graduation or GED. Idaho licenses must be renewed annually.
In order to practice as pharmacy technicians in Illinois, online students will need to obtain state licensure regardless of whether they are certified. Technicians have a 60-day grace period in which to receive their licenses once they begin working. Non-certified pharmacy technicians may be 16 years old and must prove that they are currently enrolled in a program that will allow them to obtain certification. They may then complete two years of on-the-job training without certification, but at the end of two years every technician-in-training must obtain either ICPT or PTCB certification or else he or she will not be allowed to continue practicing. An applicant seeking licensure as a certified technician must be at least 18 years old and show proof of citizenship and proof of graduation from high school or GED, and submit to a criminal background check. Illinois state pharmacy technician licenses expire annually and must be renewed prior to March 31 each year.
An online student aspiring to work as a pharmacy technician in Indiana can pursue on-the-job training without certification for up to one year, as long as the student provides documentation to indicate that he or she in the process of gaining ICPT or PTCB certification. Technicians-in-training must be at least 18 years old or have their supervising pharmacist submit a statement on their behalf. They must also be either currently enrolled in high school or show proof that they have graduated or have a GED. All technicians, regardless of their certification status, must be licensed by the state. Licenses are granted only to pharmacy technicians who are certified or are pursuing certification, have no prior criminal convictions that may interfere with their ability to perform their duties, and hold a high school diploma or GED. Licenses expire and must be renewed in June on all even-numbered years.
The state of Kansas does not require online students who wish to work as pharmacy technicians to be certified in order to obtain a license and be registered to practice. Pharmacy technicians in Kansas must be at least 18 years old to submit a license application. They then have 30 days to pass a written exam with a score of 75% or higher. Technicians must renew their licenses every two years, and it is the responsibility of the technician to ensure that his or her license is up-to-date. Those who allow more than 30 days to lapse after license expiration will have to begin a new application process from the beginning. The Kansas Board of Pharmacy may conduct a physical and/or mental examination of individuals who wish to work as pharmacy technicians, and approved applicants are required by state law to undergo on-the-job training.
Online students do not have to be certified in order to seek and accept employment as pharmacy technicians in Kentucky. However, once hired, technicians must register with the state to receive a pharmacy technician license. Kentucky requires that all pharmacy technicians be at least 16 years old, show proof of citizenship, and demonstrate that they have completed high school or are currently enrolled. Pharmacy technicians employed as volunteers at charitable pharmacy must still register with the state, but the application fee for licensing is waived. Kentucky licenses must be renewed every year.
Online students must be registered and licensed as pharmacy technicians in order to practice their trade in Maryland. To become a registered pharmacy technician in Maryland, individuals must be at least 17 years old, complete an application, submit to a criminal background check, and provide other documentation as requested. Reciprocity applicants, those applicants who are licensed in other states, must provide evidence of registration, a letter of good standing from the board of that state, and/or a pharmacy work experience affidavit. Online students should note that certification from the ICPT and PCTB will allow them to avoid the otherwise required 160 hour training program and passage of a board-approved technician examination that is necessary for those who have not completed certification. All applicants must show evidence of having completed high school or else be currently enrolled. Licenses expire annually on the last day of the technician’s birth month. To renew, the technician must complete 10 hours of training under a pharmacist-in-charge. This is a one-time training requirement, although rules are subject to change.
Online students looking to work as pharmacy technicians in Massachusetts can choose one of three distinct paths to become registered and licensed. The first option is to pass a nationally recognized certification test (PTCB or ExCPT); the second option is to enroll in a program that is administered by the employer or an agent of the employer and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy; the third option is to complete 500 hours as a non-certified pharmacy technician. Both of the latter two options must be followed by passage of a technician assessment examination. Every pharmacy technician must also be at least 18 years old, submit to a criminal background check, and hold a high school diploma or be currently enrolled in a program that leads to completion of secondary education. A licensure applicant will not be granted a state license if he or she has ever been convicted of a drug charge. Licenses in Massachusetts must be renewed every two years.
New pharmacy technicians in the state of Michigan are required either to pass a nationally recognized certification examination (PTCB or NHCA) or to complete an employer-based training program that has been pre-approved by the Michigan Board of Pharmacy. Online students may apply for temporary licenses if they are currently enrolled in a certification program, but must pass the exam within one year. Michigan also grants limited licenses to any individual who has served at least 1,000 hours as a pharmacy technician. Applicants for licensing as a pharmacy technician must have fingerprints scanned, complete a criminal background check, and show completion of high school or a GED. Licenses in the state of Michigan expire every two years, and pharmacy technicians must show documentation that they have completed 20 hours of continuing education credits during the previous two years to be granted a renewal.
Individuals registering as pharmacy technicians for the first time in the state of Minnesota must be at least 18 years old, show that they have completed high school or have a GED, and pass an examination approved by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy (PTCB or ICPT). Pharmacy technicians may opt out of taking the certification exams if they have already completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician training program or have trained as pharmacy technicians in the armed forces. Students may also be able to opt out of the certification exam if they are enrolled in an employer-sponsored program that includes a minimum of 240 hours of training. ALl online students should note that Minnesota only approves training programs that have hands-on components, and training programs that are fully online are not approved for licensure, so any fully-online training program will need to be supplemented with hands-on experience in order for a student to become registered to practice. Pharmacy technician registration in Minnesota expires on December 31 of every year.
Online students must be registered and licensed in order to gain employment as pharmacy technicians in Missouri. Certification is not required, although the state does recognize PTCB certification. In contrast to the policies of most states, pharmacy technician licenses issued by the state of Missouri do not expire and therefore do not need to be renewed. Furthermore, while many states require pharmacy technicians to be employed by a pharmacy or hospital prior to registration, this is not the case in Missouri. Online students should note that, in order to complete an application to become a licensed pharmacy technician, they will be asked to provide a passport photo and submit to a criminal history check and fingerprint scan.
Montana requires that all students be certified prior to gaining a license to practice as pharmacy technicians. The state recognizes the PTCB and ExCPT exams, although the Montana Board of Pharmacy may recognize other certification programs. Pharmacy technicians must be at least 18 years of age, have completed high school or passed an equivalency exam, and have a clean criminal record. Montana does permit non-certified individuals to be registered as pharmacy technicians-in-training, however technicians-in-training must pass a certification exam within 18 months of registration in order to have their licenses renewed. Licenses expire yearly and must be renewed prior to June 30 of each year.
Online students must be registered and licensed by Nebraska in order to work as pharmacy technicians in the state. As of January 1, 2017, pharmacy technicians in Nebraska must also be certified by a state or national entity approved by the Nebraska Board of Pharmacy. Online students should note that there are a number of other statutes that must be observed in order to gain licensure: pharmacy technicians must be at least 18 years old, have completed high school or earned a GED, and never been convicted of a drug-related crime. Licenses from Nebraska expire every two years on odd-numbered years. Any pharmacy technician that has been convicted of a drug-related crime within that two year time frame may not receive renewal.
Online students must be certified as pharmacy technicians in order to be licensed to work in the state of New Mexico. New Mexico recognizes ICPT and PTCB certifications. Students wishing to become pharmacy technicians but who are not yet certified may be licensed for up to one year while they are obtaining certification. New Mexico requires that these individuals give proof that they are in a training program during this time. If certification is not achieved within one year, the student will not receive a license renewal. New Mexico also requires that all pharmacy technicians be at least 18 years old and have completed a high school education or equivalency. New Mexico pharmacy technician licenses must be renewed on the last day of the technician's birth month on every odd-ending year.
Ohio does not require online students to be certified, registered, or licensed in order to work as pharmacy technicians. However, the state does require them to demonstrate competency by passing a pharmacy technician examination that is approved by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. These include the ExCPT exam and certification from the PTCB. The qualifying exam is not a license and therefore does not expire. However, certifications through ExCPT or PTCB do require that pharmacy technicians keep their knowledge up-to-date by enrolling in accredited continuing education programs. In order to work in the field, online students must also provide finger prints and pass a criminal background check.
Although Oklahoma does not require pharmacy technicians to be certified in order to be registered and licensed to work, the state does require technicians to take part in an on-the-job training program that follows the procedures set forth in the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy "Pharmacy Technician Training Guidelines." In addition, prospective pharmacy technicians must complete a pharmacy technician examination as part of their registration. Oklahoma technicians must be at least 18 years old, show proof of citizenship, and be currently employed at a pharmacy before registering. The pharmacy technician license expires annually on the last day of the individual's birth month. A new application must be rendered if the technician is late in the renewal.
Online students can be hired and begin practicing as pharmacy technicians in Oregon while still in the process of earning certification. By the second June 30 after initial registration, the student must have completed a pharmacy technician program and passed a certification exam. The state of Oregon recognizes both the PTCB and ICPT certifications. If the student has not obtained certification by that time, the initial registration will be revoked. Once a technician successfully completes a certification exam, he or she can apply to become a certified pharmacy technician. Certified technicians must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Licenses and registration expire every year on August 31.
Pennsylvania is one of the few states that does not require online students to undergo any sort of registration or licensing in order to work as pharmacy technicians, but instead allows individual pharmacies to determine how to train its hired technicians. Bills aimed at changing the lack of requirements for pharmacy technicians have been put forth in the state, and it is possible that the policies will soon change.
Online students must register with the state of South Dakota within 30 days of accepting an employment position as a pharmacy technician. Technicians must be at least 18 years old, have completed high school or an equivalency exam, and either have certification through PTCB or ExCPT or be currently undergoing certification requirements. Those who have not yet obtained certification may be granted a technician-in-training license. Any technician who has been continuously employed since 2011 may be eligible to obtain registration as a grandfathered pharmacy technician without having to obtain certification, as the state considers this amount of experience to be an equivalent demonstration of competency. South Dakota pharmacy technician registration expires every year on October 31.
In order to become licensed to work as a pharmacy technician in the state of Tennessee, an online student must provide a declaration of citizenship, complete a criminal background check that shows no felonies, and file a state application. Tennessee recognizes PTCB certification, but does not require pharmacy technicians to be certified in order to become registered. However, many pharmacies require that technicians take part in an on-the-job training program, and some may require their pharmacy technicians to be certified. Registration expires every two years; renewals may be requested online in order to avoid an interruption in employment.
The state of Texas allows online students to register as technicians-in-training for up to two years prior to obtaining certification, as long as they are in the process of completing a certification course. At the end of two years, a student must show that he or she has already passed the PTCB exam or is currently taking steps to do so. Technicians must also demonstrate completion of high school and a criminal history that is clear of felonies or any drug-related infractions. The state of Texas requires that all pharmacy technicians undergo on-the-job training conducted by the pharmacist-in-charge. Texas registrations expire every two years. Online students should note that technicians-in-training cannot renew registrations but must apply to be certified pharmacy technicians.
Although the state of Virginia does not require online students to be certified in order to work as licensed pharmacy technicians, certification from the PTCB may simplify the registration process. Students who are not certified must instead complete a Virginia Board of Pharmacy training program and pass the ExCPT exam or an exam that has been approved by the Board of Pharmacy. All pharmacy technicians in Virginia must be at least 17 years old and undergo a criminal background check that shows no convictions pertaining to illegal use of drugs. A prospective pharmacy technician is authorized to work for up to nine months while undergoing the appropriate training for licensure. Online students should note that Virginia requires all pharmacy technicians to obtain no less than five hours of continuing education each year in order to renew the license and registration, and technicians cannot carry over extra education hours into subsequent years. Pharmacy technician licenses in Virginia expire and must be renewed every year.
Online students looking to work as pharmacy technicians in Washington state will need to pass a nationally recognized certification exam (PTCB or ICPT) prior to being licensed. They must also complete four hours of AIDS education and training as well as a state approved on-the-job training program. In some instances, military training or out-of-state education may be substituted for an on-the-job training plan. Additionally, pharmacy technicians in Washington must complete 10 hours of continuing education units each year including at least one hour in pharmacy law through an ACPE-approved program. Washington state licenses expire annually on the individual's birthday.
There is no certification requirement for online students looking to work as pharmacy technicians in Washington D.C. Although there is no set licensure, working technicians do need to be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma, and pass a criminal background check to work in the field. They must also undergo an approved training program at an accredited pharmacy school. Students who wish to obtain certification even though it is not required may do so through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). This national certification is valid in all states, including Washington D.C., and also requires only a high school diploma. Candidates must also pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) to be eligible. Though it is valid for only two years, pharmacy technicians can recertify with 20 units of field-specific continuing education, including courses on patient safety and pharmacy law.
There are no certification, registration, or licensure requirements for online students aspiring to work as pharmacy technicians in the state of Wisconsin, although the state board recognizes both ICTB and PTCB certifications. Online students should note that many employers prefer to hire technicians with experience and certifications to ensure that they are qualified for the work.