The future of pharmacy practice is rapidly evolving. Cleveland Clinic is a leader in the efforts to expand the role of pharmacy technicians. As one of the only accredited hospital-based technician schools in the country, the School of Pharmacy Technology is paving the way for new technician leaders. 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.

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


Cleveland Clinic feels that an important part of expanding the pharmacy practice model is expanding the role pharmacy technicians serve. This is accomplished by training, educating, and providing experience to technician students at a consistently high standard. As such, the Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology maintains full accreditation through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The School of Pharmacy Technology's accreditation is valid through 2024, at which point a re-accreditation process will be completed.

The Cleveland Clinic Pharmacy Technology Program is approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (School Registration No. 2165). If you have questions, please contact the Cleveland Clinic Center for Health Sciences Education at 9500 Euclid Ave./NA31, Cleveland, OH 44195, or 216.444.6142.

Program Description

Cleveland Clinic is a multi-site, academic health-system with advanced clinical services and a world-wide presence. The Department of Pharmacy operates multi-site hospital, ambulatory, and specialty pharmacy services for the Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic’s School of Pharmacy Technology operates in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Department of Pharmacy.

Students at the School of Pharmacy Technology study in a state-of-the-art learning environment with instruction from some of the top industry professionals in the country. Students obtain the skills necessary to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and work in a pharmacy. Graduates of Cleveland Clinic’s School of Pharmacy Technology are well prepared to meet the needs of an expanding pharmacy practice. Students graduating from the Cleveland Clinic School of Pharmacy Technology may be considered for employment within the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

Cleveland Clinic does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities, on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Cleveland Clinic administers all programs and services without regard to disability, and provides reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified disabled individuals.

The School of Pharmacy Technology accepts applicants year-round!

Program Details

Program Details

Application and Requirements

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

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)
  • Download our School of Pharmacy Technology Application


Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology is currently accepting applications for online classes beginning in June 2019. 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 email and mail. Selected students must complete Cleveland Clinic on-boarding requirements, including health, drug and background screenings. All selected students are required to register with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy as a trainee. This registration costs $25 and is good for only a year.

Now accepting Applications for June 2019!


Clinical laboratory experience and education are combined to provide students with hands-on training in various practice settings, beginning the very first week!

Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology Evening/Online Program consists of:

  • A flexible one-year program
  • 20 weeks to complete 10 modules of online didactic training - students are given two weeks to complete each module
  • While completing the didactic training, students complete 100 hours of hands-on simulated rotations at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Students study clinical and operational pharmacy practice under the instruction of Cleveland Clinic pharmacists. This part of the program focuses on introducing the students to pharmacy practice and the technician's role within the pharmacy setting.
  • Following the didactic learning and simulated rotations, students will complete 200 hours of externship experiences within the Cleveland Clinic. Externships allow students to apply and expand skills within multiple pharmacy settings.


The full program tuition is $2500. Federal financial assistance is not available.

Upon Acceptance 1st 5 Weeks 2nd 5 Weeks 3rd 5 Weeks 4th 5 Weeks
$500.00 $500.00 $500.00 $500.00 $500.00

NOTE: A $25 fee is required to register as a Technician Trainee with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy at the start of the program. The fee is the student’s responsibility.

Payments are due on the last Thursday of each 5th week during the didactic portion of the program, or students will not move on to externships. Students should notify the Program Director immediately of any late or missed payments. Late or missed payments can result in dismissal from the program.

The School of Pharmacy Technology now accepts OhioMeansJobs! Only individuals who meet the eligibility requirements that are set out in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act may qualify for funding for training programs. Contact OhioMeansJobs Cleveland- Cuyahoga Brookpark office at 216.898.1366 or the Quincy office at 216.561.5503 to determine if you are eligible for funding assistance.

Faculty & Staff

Brigid Whelan, BSHS, CPhT
Program Manager, Pharmacy Technician Education
Program Director, School of Pharmacy Technology

Abbi Smith, PharmD, MBA, BCPS
Manager, Children's Hospital Pharmacy;
Program Supervisor, School of Pharmacy Technology

Program Information

  • Program Goals:
    • Recruit candidates that will positively represent the program and excel academically
    • Prepare students for employment with the Cleveland Clinic Health-System
    • Develop a consistent employment source to meet hiring needs within the health-system
    • Achieve, local, state, and national program recognition
    • Provide a superior level of clinical training to technician students
  • Program Outcomes
  • Student Handbook and Policies
  • Location Map

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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Employment & Salary Expectations

Cleveland Clinic, along with other pharmacies, has a growing demand for highly educated, prepared pharmacy technicians to serve in expanding pharmacy roles.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is bright. Job growth is expected to increase 12 percent faster than average.  Almost 50,000 pharmacy technician jobs are expected to be added between 2016- 2026.

In 2016, the median national salary for pharmacy technicians was $31,750 a year with an average hourly rate of $15.26.  Pharmacy technicians earn on average $15.35 in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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Requirements for Licensure

In order to be nationally licensed as a pharmacy technician, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) requires:

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB certification policies

In the state of Ohio, pharmacy technicians must register with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. To register as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy requires:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years or older in age
  • National Certification
  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Completion of an approved training program, such as a program that holds a current accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Completed Background Check

Work Environment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), most (52%) pharmacy technicians worked in pharmacies and drug stores.

The industries that employed the most pharmacy technicians in 2016 were as follows:

Pharmacies and Drug Stores 52%
Hospitals: State, local, and Private 16%
General Merchandise Stores 10%
Grocery Stores 8%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited September 10, 2018).

Pharmacy technicians at Cleveland Clinic are prepared to work in many pharmacy settings, including:

  • Inpatient Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Automation
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Intensive Care Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Purchasing and Inventory
  • Controlled Drug Services
  • Pharmacy Billing
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Chemotherapy
  • Specialty Pharmacy

The Cleveland Clinic offers unique opportunities for growth and advancement for pharmacy technicians in fields like Leadership, Automation, Inventory and Purchasing, and Medication Safety.

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