Do I need to work as a Pharm Tech or attend a PhT school to be eligible to take PTCE?

by Lana
(CA)

I'm going to prepare on my own to take the PTCE but I'm not working in the pharmacy and did not attend PhT school. Am I eligible to take an exam?

From PharmTechPros.com: Lana, you can take the exam without having attended a pharm tech training/educational program, or having worked in a pharmacy. You would just need to prepare for the exam to be sure you don't waste your money in taking the exam before you're fully ready for it.

Also, once you pass the exam, be sure you apply for a license with the California Board of Pharmacy. You'll need this to get a job. It can take up to 90 days for your application to be processed. You can get all the info specific to California here.

Keep in mind that some employers may require that you attended a pharmacy technician training/educational program. So if you know what companies you will apply to, check with them to see what their requirements are.

Wishing you all the best in your new career!

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