Pharmacy is one of the fastest growing health care fields in the world. With this growing trend, pharmacy technicians are in high demand according to many sources, including the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Samford’s Office of Professional Studies and McWhorter School of Pharmacy are now offering a pharmacy technician education program that you can complete in just 8 weeks. 

Next Session Starts

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 (Contingent on appropriate class size)
Program lasts 8 weeks

Program Information

This program is taught by faculty from the well-respected McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University and is delivered in a convenient online format.  A certificate of completion will be offered to students who successfully complete all requirements of the course and pass a comprehensive final examination.  

This online certificate program will prepare 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.

Technology and Registration 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.  

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. 


Pricing and Textbooks

Cost of Program

$899* + Alabama Board of Pharmacy Technician Registration Fee + textbooks

*Cost of program may be paid in one lump sum of $899 or in two installments of $449.50.  The first installment must be received prior to or onSeptember 5, 2019.  The second installment must be received prior to or on October 10, 2019.  Failure to pay the second installment will result in removal of the student from the course.

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

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Registration, Paid in Full

Registration, Paid in Two Installments