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.

Program Description

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.

Now Accepting Applications for our Evening/ Online Hybrid Program

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Program Details


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 2018, at which point a re-accreditation process will be completed.


Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology is currently accepting applications for online classes beginning in September 2018. 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.

Qualification to Enroll

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


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 10 modules of didactic training to be completed online. Students are given two weeks to complete each module. Students study clinical and operational pharmacy practice under the instruction of Cleveland Clinic pharmacists. While completing the didactic training, students are required to complete 80 hours of simulated rotations at the Cleveland Clinic Main campus.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 160 hours of externship experiences within the Cleveland Clinic. Externships allow students to apply and expand skills within multiple pharmacy settings.

Faculty & Staff

Abbi Smith, PharmD
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

The School of Pharmacy Technology is located on the main campus in Building H. Students will be given information upon admittance on where to park and classroom locations.


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

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

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.

Preceptor Information

Preceptors are the heart of the School of Pharmacy Technology. If you are a preceptor for the School of Pharmacy Technology, please check out the links below. Information for preceptors can also be found in the MyLearning Center.

Required components include:

ASHP required reading based on practice site:

Documents to be filled out when a student is on-site:

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 (2014), the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is bright. Job growth is expected to increase 20 percent faster than average.  Over 70,000 pharmacy technician jobs are expected to be added between 2012- 2022.

In 2012, the median national salary for pharmacy technicians was $29,320 a year with an average hourly rate of $14.10.  Pharmacy technicians earn on average $14.00 in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Meet a Pharmacy Technician

Requirements for Licensure

In order to be 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
  • Beginning in 2020, all prospective pharmacy technicians will be required to attend an accredited certification program.

Ohio Revised Code 4729.42 requires that all pharmacy technician students must be at least 18 years old. They must also have a high school diploma or equivalent in order to be certified and seek employment. A background check is also required by the state. The background check must indicate that the person has not plead guilty to or been found guilty of a felony in Ohio, in any other state, or in the United States.

Work Environment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), most (53%) pharmacy technicians worked in pharmacies and drug stores.

The industries that employed the most pharmacy technicians in 2012 were as follows:

Pharmacies and Drug Stores 53%
Hospitals: State, local, and Private 17%
General Merchandise Stores 12%
Grocery Stores 7%
Ambulatory Health Care Services 3%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited May 20, 2015).

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
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