Approved by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy

Pharmacy is one of the fastest growing health care fields in the world, and with new standards set by state and national regulatory agencies, technician education is becoming a must.

Effective January 1, 2020, any newly registered technician in Alabama will be required to complete a training course approved by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy within six months of their initial registration.

Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers a pharmacy technician education program that you can complete online in just eight weeks. Led by faculty within the school, participants will receive a certificate of completion after successfully completing all course requirements and passing a comprehensive final exam.

The program prepares students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination and is structured to address the main domains of the examination.  Opportunities for face-to-face or web-based interaction with program faculty will be offered on a regular weekly basis throughout the program to ensure students receive the support they need.

Upcoming Classes

Next session starts Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 

 

Expectations and Preparation

What to Expect

Over the course of the program you will receive broad exposure to the requirements of a pharmacy technician. An emphasis will be placed on learning objectives for national certification board examinations. Though the majority of your time will be spent reading and reviewing modules created by faculty, we will provide ample opportunities for interaction with faculty via email or live chat. Your preparation for a career as a pharmacy technician is our top priority, as we want your Samford preparation to transform the lives of the patients you will serve. You should expect to spend an average of 10 hours per week engaging with the material and lectures.

Technology Requirements

Students are responsible for having access to a computer or tablet that can access the internet in addition to a scanner or mobile phone with camera (for submitting homework assignments) to complete the course requirements.

The online course delivery system used in the program works with any operating system (e.g., PC or Mac) and any internet browser.  

Board Registration

Prior to beginning the program, if not already registered, students are required to register as a pharmacy technician with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy.  Access the Alabama Board of Pharmacy website online registration system to register online.  Make sure you have a passport sized photo to upload to the Board of Pharmacy website.  If you have issues registering with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy or wish to register in person you can contact the Board of Pharmacy at 205-981-2280. 

Prior to beginning the program, if not already registered, participants are required to register as a pharmacy technician with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy. Access the Alabama Board of Pharmacy’s online registration system at albop.com. Make sure you have a passport-sized photo to upload to the Board of Pharmacy website. If you have issues registering with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy or wish to register in person, you can contact the Board of Pharmacy directly at 205-981-2280. 

Pricing and Textbooks

Cost of Program

The cost of this pharmacy technician education program is $899, which can be either at one time or in two installments of $449.50.

The first installment must be received 10 days prior the first class. The second installment must be received 14 days into the program.  Failure to pay the second installment will result in removal of the student from the course.

This does not include the cost of the Alabama Board of Pharmacy technician registration free or textbooks. 

Required Texts

These books are available for purchase from most online book vendors.

  • Mosby's Pharmacy Technician: Principles and Practice, 4th edition, textbook and workbook / lab manual. Please make sure to purchase the 4th edition.  
  • American Pharmacists Association. Complete Math Review for Pharmacy Technicians, 3rd or 4th edition.  

Refund Policy

As a courtesy to our instructors and other participants, if you need to cancel registration you must do so within 48 hours of the first day of class.  Refunds will be considered in the event of medical emergencies, family death, or program cancellation.  Please contact us should you have questions or require additional information.

Feedback from Participants 

  • 100% of former students agreed that the program provided a meaningful educational experience and would recommend the program to another pharmacy technician colleague
  • 100% agreed that the program faculty are knowledgeable, professional and effective
  • Online structure and teaching methods used by Samford pharmacy faculty were helpful and allowed students to effectively learn at their own pace based upon their busy schedules