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Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

Get Job-Ready In One Semester

If you are interested in the field of healthcare, becoming a pharmacy technician is a great place to start.  The Pharmacy Technician Program at Columbus State gets you job-ready with just 4 classes (10 credit hours – usually one semester!).

Plus, it prepares you to take one of the Pharmacy Technician Board Exam for professional certification, potentially raising your earning power.


Spring Semester

  • Monday, February 6th at 12 pm in Delaware Hall, Room 108
  • Thursday, February 23 9 am in Union Hall, Room 340
  • Tuesday, March 7th 5 pm in Union Hall, Room 242
  • Thursday, March 23rd 11 am in Union Hall, Room 341
  • Friday, April 7th at 10 am in Union Hall, Room 378
  • Monday, April 17th at 12 pm in Delaware Hall, Room 108
  • Thursday, May 4th at 9 am in Union Hall, Room 340
  • Tuesday, May 9th at 11 am in Union Hall, Room 341

To register for an information session, please contact Vincent Cocozza at 614-287-2521 or

Background Check Information

Students who register for MULT 1500 must take a background check and drug screening. The cost of this is $110. Please use the attached form to create your account and pay for the service. For the Summer Semester, students will have until May 15th to complete this process.

Background Check Information

Upon completion of the Pharmacy Certificate

The student will be able to:

  • Prepare medications for dispensing to patients according to physician order.
  • Screen medication orders for completion and accuracy.
  • Maintain and stock inventory.
  • Purchase pharmaceuticals and supplies.
  • Perform dosage calculations as required.
  • Adhere to all federal and state regulations including all OSHA standards, standard precautions, aseptic techniques, as well as HIPAA regulations.
  • Provide excellent customer service by understanding customer attitudes and behaviors.
  • Sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.

Plan of Study

Printable Plan of Study

Semester 1 . .
MULT 1500 Concepts for the Pharmacy Technician 4
BMGT 1008 21st Century Workplace Skill 2
MULT 1525 Basic Health Care Analytical Concepts 1
MKTG 1230 Customer Service & Sales 3

Please contact Vincent Cocozza at 614-287-2521 or to register for BMGT 1008.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Will I be a Certified Pharmacy Technician?

Certification is a process by which a non-governmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has met predetermined qualifications specified by that organization. In order to become a certified pharmacy technician, you must take an exam to prove competency in the field. This class will prepare you for the examination. There are currently two approved examinations:

1. The ExCPT exam: provided by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT):

This test is $105 and is offered at the Community & Professional Testing for Workforce Development. Candidates must pre-register with NHA (National Health Career Association) at or call 800-499-9092. For additional information regarding this exam please contact us at 614-287-5750.

2. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) provided by the pharmacy technician certification board (PTCB):

This test is $129 and is offered at Pearson Professional Centers. Candidates must pre-register with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) at or call 1-800-363-8012. For additional information regarding this exam please contact us at 614-287-5750.

2. Where can I find a job?

Pharmacy Technicians are in demand by several types of health care facilities including hospitals, home health care organizations, retail pharmacies, mail order drug companies, call centers and are moving to more specialized pharmacy areas.

3. What job qualifications will I have after completing this course?

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in preparing and filling prescriptions, keeping records or drugs used, working with the public, taking inventory, ordering supplies, and completing other tasks as needed based upon your skills.

4. Are there any prerequisites for this certificate?

You will be required to be cleared through a background check/fingerprinting and drug screen process to complete the certificate program.  You must register for the screening process within one week of enrollment in MULT 1500.

5. How much money can I make as a Pharmacy Technician?

As with any job, it depends on where you work. The beginning pay may range from $8.00 to $14.00 per hour in the Central Ohio area. Higher pay rates may be given due to shift differentials (i.e. working evenings or weekends) or for becoming a Certified Technician.

6. Does taking this course guarantee employment?

Columbus State Community College does not guarantee job placement. To help facilitate job placement, we invite several organizations to the class to discuss their application processes. These organizations range from traditional pharmacies, hospitals, and call centers, to other non-traditional pharmacy related organizations. Here is a link to information regarding the career field: