School of Pharmacy Technology

Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology has been designed to accomplish what no other pharmacy technician program has done before: Combining both didactic training with real, hands-on training – from day one.

Admissions Policy

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility into the program:

  1. Completion of program application
  2. Copy of high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  3. Students must be at least 18 years of age upon application
  4. Completion of a phone and on-site interview
  5. Passing scores in math and reading evaluations via TABE testing
    (or college transcripts showing a minimum 2.5 GPA in English and Math)
  6. Successful background and reference check

Download the Program Application

Applicants to the program must meet at least one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Completion of at least two semesters of college-level coursework (transcripts required), OR
  • At least five years of professional work experience (resume and references required), OR
  • Completion of standardized ACT or SAT testing (scores must be submitted with application)

Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology accepts two classes annually, in January and June. Interested candidates must submit applications at least 60 days prior to the scheduled program start date. All applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by mail. Selected students must complete Cleveland Clinic on-boarding requirements, including health and background screenings.


Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology consists of 15 weeks of didactic training followed by 10 weeks of rotating externship within Cleveland Clinic.

The first 15 weeks of classroom instruction and hands-on observation are scheduled Monday – Thursday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and selected internal sites. This part of the program focuses on introducing the students to pharmacy practice and the technician's role within the pharmacy setting.

The last 10 weeks of externships are scheduled within Cleveland Clinic. Externships allow students to apply and expand skills within multiple pharmacy settings.

Tuition and Other Fees

The cost of the program is $3,800. This amount is all-inclusive and covers the following: tuition, textbooks, lab fees, uniforms, background screening, the cost of the PTCB certification exam and other miscellaneous items. Flexible payment plans are available.

If you are interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, contact the School of Pharmacy Technology:

Tara Hannum


Training today's pharmacy technicians, the Cleveland Clinic way.