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We will prepare you for an entry level Pharmacy Technician position in any pharmacy setting. After passing the PTCB exam, you will earn the title CPhT.
For example: Jane R. Doe, CPhT
We have created a Pharmacy Technician Training Program that is both comprehensive and innovative. Our course will provide instruction on all material necessary to pass both the National PTCB exam and the VA state exam. In addition, the course will cover other subjects that are not included in traditional programs, namely customer service, interpersonal skills, test taking strategies, and interviewing techniques.
Our unique program will give our students the edge they need to succeed. Providing both didactic and interactive types of learning environments will engage the students' interest and better prepare them to enter the field of pharmacy.
We feel that this additional training will give our students a competitive advantage in gaining an entry-level position as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Our instructors and tutors will make it happen, one student at a time!
Definition: Pharmacy Technician (source ptcb.org)
The exact definition of a pharmacy technician varies based on the state you live in. However, the basic definition is a person who works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and performs many pharmacy-related functions. Pharmacy technicians practice in a wide variety of settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, the military, in home health care, long-term care, mail service facility, managed health care facilities, and educational/training programs.
For the purposes of national voluntary certification, pharmacy technicians are defined as individuals working in a pharmacy, who under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assist in pharmacy activities not requiring the professional judgement of a pharmacist. The pharmacy technician is accountable to the supervising pharmacist, who is legally responsible by virtue of state licensure for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy. The pharmacy technician performs activities as the result of having certain knowledge and skills.
Specific responsibilities will depend on the pharmacy setting and scope of practice. Below is a list of duties that a pharmacy technician might find in many practice settings:
- Assist pharmacist in labeling and filling prescriptions;
- Assist patients in dropping off and picking up prescriptions;
- Entering prescriptions into the computer;
- Verify that customer receives correct prescription(s);
- Compound oral solutions, ointments, and creams;
- Scheduling and maintaining workflow;
- Prepackage bulk medications;
- Screen calls for pharmacists; Medication ordering;
- Work with insurance carriers to obtain payments and refilling authority;
- Prepare medication inventories;
- Prepare chemotherapeutic agents;
- Compound total parenteral nutrition solutions;
- Compound large-volumes of intravenous mixtures;
- Assisting in outpatient dispensing;
- Assisting inpatient dispensing; Preparing IV mixtures;
- Purchasing and billing;
Knowledge, Skills, Training, and Education
State practice acts and employer policies determine training and education requirements. Below is a list of some characteristics that may be desired:
- Professional attitude;
- Strong communication skills;
- Ability to work in teams; Previous customer service experience;
- Ability to type 35 words a minute;
- Understanding of medical terminology and calculations;
- Attention to detail;
- Hard working;
- Be a quick learner;
- PTCB certification may be desired or mandatory;
Salary Surveys (source bls.gov)
The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $29,320 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,580, and the top 10 percent earned more than $42,400.
Growth in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Working as a pharmacy technician is a great place to start if you are interested in having a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Starting as a pharmacy technician gives the person the type of background training that would be necessary to become a pharmacist or work elsewhere in the pharmaceutical industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics, "Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications."