Pharmacy Technician Schools and Training Programs

Pharmacy technicians maintain pharmacy customer files and prepare medications to fill their prescriptions. Read on to learn about job outlook, salary info, training and certification options. Schools offering Pharmacy Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Pharmacy technician schools and training programs prepare students to work with pharmacists, doctors and patients. They teach students how to effectively work in a prescription medicine environment. These programs provide a great start to building a career in pharmacy, which is a growing and evolving area of healthcare.

Degrees Certificate, diploma, associate's degree
Courses Anatomy, microbiology, physiology, medical terminology and more
Certification Certifications are available and preferred by employers

What Is a Pharmacy Technician?

As a pharmacy technician, you may receive prescription requests for medicine, count, weigh, mix and prepare medicine, label bottles of medicine, maintain client profiles or prepare sterile solutions for medication. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 372,500 pharmacy technicians in 2014, and that number was expected to grow 9% by 2024 (www.bls.gov). Pharmacy technicians earned a median annual wage of $30,410 in 2015, according to the same source.

What Training Programs Are Available?

Employers typically only require that you have a high school diploma and that you are registered with your state pharmacy board. Most states require you to be registered in order to work. Although the exact qualifications vary, a high school diploma is the minimum requirement for you to register as a pharmacy technician in many states. Voluntary certification could also be useful to you when seeking employment in this field.

Although not technically required, you may gain training in this field by completing a postsecondary training program at the certificate, diploma or associate degree level. Coursework in these programs could prepare you for state licensure requirements, and could include subjects like medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and disease processes. Completing such a program will provide you with college credits or experience, which could be useful to you if you're planning to advance in your education in a relevant field.

How Do I Become Certified?

Some employers and states require that you earn certification as a pharmacy technician. You can receive certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT). Both the PTCB and the ICPT require that you have either a high school diploma or a GED in order to take the examination, as well as a clean criminal record. Every two years, you must renew your certification, which requires you to take 20 hours of continuing education courses. Of these courses, ten can be taken under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.

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