Pharmacy Technician Career Specialty

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These days, almost everyone has at least one type of medication they rely on to improve their health or keep a health problem at bay. The prompt, accurate dispensing of medications is key to patient health. Pharmacy technicians work underneath pharmacists in drugstores, pharmacies, hospitals and other locations that fill prescriptions. This profession is steadily growing, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy serves over half a million Pharmacy Technician certifications worldwide (2017).

Pharmacy technicians are required to complete a variety of tasks, from labeling and sorting medications to filling prescriptions and assisting customers at the pharmacy counter. Those who have questions about their medications or prescriptions often go to the pharmacy technician first, so you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients in this valuable medical position.

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Pharmacy Technician Training

In many cases, medications have a huge impact on patients' lives and health. As a result, you need to be well-trained and educated in pharmacology and medication handling to succeed in this field. You may be able to complete your pharmacy technician training in less than one year if you earn a diploma or certificate. However, you may be in school for about two years if you go through an Associate's degree program.

Some of the lower-level courses you may take during your pharmacy technician certification program may include Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Computer & Information Technology. These courses provide you an intensive knowledge of the human body and how it works, which can be helpful when you're looking at many different types of medication every day. You can also learn about the medical terminology that pharmacists use every day. Computing courses may familiarize you with the computer systems used by pharmacies. After completing your lower-level courses, there are many in-depth pharmaceutical courses you take at most Pharmacy Tech schools. Common classes include Pharmaceutical Calculations, Pharmacology for Health Professions, and Pharmacy Operations & Prescription Processing. At the end of your program, you may complete a practicum course. This course gives you real practical experience at a local pharmacy.

By the time you complete your training, you should feel comfortable working with patients, answering their questions, and knowing when to direct them to the pharmacist. In addition, it's important to feel confident counting, sorting, and labeling medications. Pharmacy technician schools are tasked with educating you to be adept at your future job by providing you with the tools you need to succeed. To find certified pharmacy technician programs, select those schools below that you are interested in and request more information about their offerings.

Licensing and 2017 Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians

As a pharmacy technician, you may need to get licensed by your state's Board of Pharmacy. Requirements vary significantly from state to state, so it's important to contact your local Board of Pharmacy to find out what you need to do to legally work as a pharmacy technician. In some states, you simply need to become hired as a pharmacy technician and then register with your state Board of Pharmacy. In others, you must complete a period of training underneath a pharmacist and or pass a pharmacy technician test before getting your license.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board is a nationwide optional certification board. Having this certification on your CV can demonstrate your pharmacy knowledge and experience. You must apply to take the PTCB exam. Once you pass the rigorous certification exam, you can become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. To keep your Pharmacy Technician license valid, you must complete 20 hours of continuing education every two years.

As more people gain health care coverage and begin to get much-needed prescriptions, the demand for pharmacy technicians may grow. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job openings for pharmacy technicians to increase by nine percent between by 2024, leading to over 50,000 new jobs in this time frame. Their estimates indicate that the average pharmacy technician in the United States earns $30,410 per year (BLS, 2017).

Are you ready to work with people and keep a fast-paced pharmacy running smoothly? Contact local pharmacy technician schools to learn more about programs in your area.


Alabama

Remington College
Campus Locations in: Columbia, SC / Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / Houston Southeast (Webster), TX / Lafayette, LA / Mobile, AL / Nashville, TN / North Houston (Greenspoint), TX / Shreveport, LA
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician- Diploma
Program Types Offered: Diploma

Arizona

Arizona College
Campus Locations in: Mesa: Allied Health, AZ
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
Program Types Offered: Diploma

California

American Career College
Campus Locations in: Orange County, CA
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician
Program Types Offered: Diploma
San Joaquin Valley College - Online
Campus Locations in: Visalia, CA
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technology
Program Types Offered: Associate Degree
Unitek College
Campus Locations in: Concord, CA / Fremont, CA
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician
Program Types Offered: Certificate

Florida

ASA College
Campus Locations in: Hialeah, FL / Maimi, FL
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technologist- Associate in Science
Program Types Offered: Associate Degree
Everest University
Campus Locations in: Lakeland, FL / Largo, FL / South Orlando, FL / Tampa, FL
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician Associate Degree, Pharmacy Technician Diploma
Program Types Offered: Associate Degree, Diploma
Programmatic Accreditation: CAAHEP

Hawaii

Hawaii Medical College
Campus Locations in: Honolulu, HI
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician Program
Program Types Offered: Certificate
University of Hawaii-Kapiolani Community College
Campus Locations in: Honolulu, HI
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician - Certificate
Program Types Offered: Certificate

Kentucky

Daymar College Online
Campus Locations in: Louisville, KY
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technology - Associates, Pharmacy Technology - Diploma
Program Types Offered: Associate Degree, Diploma

Louisiana

Fortis College
Campus Locations in: Baton Rouge, LA
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
Program Types Offered: Diploma

Massachusetts

Lincoln Technical Institute
Campus Locations in: Allentown, PA / Columbia, MD / Somerville, MA
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician - Certificate
Program Types Offered: Certificate
Salter School
Campus Locations in: New Bedford, MA
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician - Certificate
Program Types Offered: Certificate

Michigan

Ross Medical Education Center
Campus Locations in: Charleston, SC / Madison Heights, MI / Niles, OH
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician
Program Types Offered: Certificate
Programmatic Accreditation: ABHES

Minnesota

National American University
Campus Locations in: Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Center, MN / Burnsville, MN
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician A.A.S.
Program Types Offered: Associate Degree
Rasmussen College Online
Campus Locations in: Mankato, MN
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician Certificate
Program Types Offered: Certificate

Missouri

Heritage College
Campus Locations in: Kansas City, MO / Little Rock, AR
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
Program Types Offered: Diploma

Nebraska

Southeast Community College
Campus Locations in: Beatrice, NE / Lincoln, NE / Milford, NE
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician Program
Program Types Offered: Diploma
Programmatic Accreditation: ASHP

New Jersey

Eastwick College
Campus Locations in: Hackensack, NJ
Matching Programs: Medical Assistant / Pharmacy Technician
Program Types Offered: Associate Degree

Ohio

Daymar College
Campus Locations in: Bowling Green, KY / Clarksville, TN / Jackson, OH / Murfreesboro, TN / Nashville, TN / Russellville, KY
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technology - Associate, Pharmacy Technology - Associate Degree, Pharmacy Technology Associate, Pharmacy Technology Diploma
Program Types Offered: Associate Degree, Diploma

Oklahoma

Platt College
Campus Locations in: Central Oklahoma City, OK
Matching Programs: Diploma - Pharmacy Technician
Program Types Offered: Diploma

Oregon

Everest Institute
Campus Locations in: Tigard, OR
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician Diploma
Program Types Offered: Diploma
Pioneer Pacific College
Campus Locations in: Springfield, OR
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician (Diploma)
Program Types Offered: Diploma

South Carolina

Miller-Motte Technical College
Campus Locations in: Charleston, SC
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician - Certification Preparation
Program Types Offered: Certificate

Tennessee

Virginia College
Campus Locations in: Chattanooga, TN
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician
Program Types Offered: Diploma

Texas

Brightwood College
Campus Locations in: San Antonio, TX
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician - Diploma
Program Types Offered: Diploma
Southern Careers Institute
Campus Locations in: San Antonio (South), TX
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician
Program Types Offered: Certificate

Washington

Charter College
Campus Locations in: Fife, WA / Lynnwood, WA / Oxnard, CA
Matching Programs: Certificate - Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician - Certificate
Program Types Offered: Certificate
Programmatic Accreditation: ACICS
Everest College
Campus Locations in: Everett, WA / Thornton, CO
Matching Programs: Pharmacy Technician Diploma
Program Types Offered: Diploma

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