The Pharmacy Externship
Get real-world experience
The pharmacy externship serves as the capstone of the Pharmacy Technician programs, allowing the student to apply what they have learned in a real-world environment.
At a pharmacy near you.
The Pharmacy Externship is approximately 160 Hours in length, and is available through a nationwide agreement at Walgreens, which has over 8000 locations to choose from, as well as nationwide at CVS and other local participating pharmacy locations. This externship will give Pharmacy Technician students an edge when preparing for the PTCB exam, and will set our graduates apart within the job market.
How It Works
Our Pharmacy Technician Professional (ASHP/ACPE) program requires that students participate in an externship, while the Certified Pharmacy Technician Training program encourages participation, though it is optional.
Common tasks during an externship
Assist patients dropping off prescriptions
18 years old and high school diploma or GED
Assist patients picking up prescriptions, but cannot use the register
Externships are currently only available in the United States and the Virgin Islands
Enter prescriptions into the computer while being supervised
Externs must be available on a full-time basis (typically 25-40 hours per week)
Enter patient’s insurance info into the computer
There may be additional requirements on a store by store or state by state basis, which will be presented to the student at the time of application or acceptance.
Answer incoming phone calls and route to pharmacist when necessary
Sign “Pharmacy Visitor Agreement” (as required by the pharmacy)
Return outdated/damaged drugs under supervision
Sign “Pharmacy Externship Agreement” (as required by MedCerts)
Restock pharmacy shelves
Check in daily medication replenishments under supervision
Order medications from supplier daily under supervision
When Does It Begin?
Externships start at the end of your training
When nearing the completion of your Pharmacy Technician program, you will be contacted by MedCerts with details on how to participate in the Pharmacy Externship. MedCerts will collaborate with the pharmacies and do our best to accommodate your top choice, however placement cannot be guaranteed.
Experience MedCerts Advantage
Training from the best pharmacists in the industry.
Hands-on learning that can only be accomplished on the job.
Better employment chances
Estimated 60-70% of externs are offered employment opportunities upon completing their rotations.
Finish state requirements
State-specific training to meet the requirements of State Board of Pharmacy.
The combination of school instruction, externship, and certification sets you apart in the job market.
Pass the exam
Externship Participants have a significantly higher pass rate on the PTCB Exam.
A better future
It starts with your career
Certifications are issued by a number of official national organizations like the NHA and ASHP. The most useful certifications are CEHRS, CMAA, and CPhT. MedCerts provides online training for these certifications and many more.
Start your enrollment
Schedule an appointment with an Education Consultant.
An Education Consultant will get you enrolled, check financial aid options, and support you with every step.
- Fully online training
- One-on-one orientation and support
- Career services
- Exam fees included
- Short-term programs
If you are a military spouse or your training is provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover all or some of your tuition.