Pharmacy Technician Career Overview
The pharmacy technician prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist. This person may measure, mix, count, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders in a retail pharmacy or a hospital pharmacy environment.
Job Duties may include:
- Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
- Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
- Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
- Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
- Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
- Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
- Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
- Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
- Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
- Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
Pharmacy Technician Career Training Program Overview
Pharmacy technicians play an important role in supporting pharmacists in hospitals, health-systems, and community pharmacies. Through this certification program, pharmacy technicians are prepared to serve the profession by working with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care.
Begin an exciting career in health care as a Pharmacy Technician today! Our experienced instructor will focus on topics such as technician duties, patient confidentiality, dispensing medications, terminology, pharmacy abbreviations, calculations, routes and formulations, how to read prescriptions, prescription labels and auxiliary labels. Students will be prepared to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Exam offered through PTCB.
To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:
- High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma).
- Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
- Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies.
- Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
- Pharmacy Technician
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase more than 31% by 2018. The BLS also suggests that pharmacy technicians with formal education or training, previous work experience, and national certification will be especially sought after to meet these demands.
2013 Median Wage – $14.25/Hour, $29,650
Possible Funding Assistance
- Financial Assistance
- Grant Funding
- Sallie Mae – Loan Financing
Contact Workforce Solutions Office for more information about funding assistance options that are available to eligible candidates. Contact: Career Coach (540) 869-0771