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Pharmacy technicians enjoy a rewarding career in the constantly growing and evolving field of health care and prescription medicine while maintaining a stable and straightforward work environment.
As a certified pharmacy technician, you are the liaison between medical professionals, doctors, pharmacists, insurance companies and patients. You will receive and verify prescriptions and prepare patient medication.
As part of the non-credit courses you’ll take during your training in our Pharmacy Technician Training Program, you’ll gain experience with IV therapy. This skill set, most often used in hospitals, helps better prepare students for a variety of jobs in the field, offering graduates a competitive advantage.
Effective January 1, 2016, PTCB implemented a change in continuing education (CE) recertification requirements for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) that reduces the allowable number of CE hours earned via college/university courses from 15 to 10. Beginning in 2016, a maximum of 10 of your 20 CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of ‘C’ or better. PTCB is placing greater emphasis on attaining a diverse portfolio of technician-specific education to recertify. As the nation’s healthcare system evolves, pharmacy technician roles are shifting and expanding to better support pharmacists, and it is essential that CPhTs be educated on a variety of relevant topics.
Blending medicine, math and chemistry, you will take classes that prepare you to:
- Provide medication and other health products to patients
- Mix intravenous solutions
- Count tablets and label bottles
- Receive electronic prescriptions from medical offices
- Handle computer order entry of prescriptions
- Receive written prescriptions and requests for patient refills
- Verify complete and accurate prescriptions
- Stock and inventory prescription and over-the-counter medications
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 9 percent nationally, faster than the average for all occupations through the next 10 years.* Employment opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to be excellent due to increased needs within the pharmaceutical industry, a larger and older population and a greater need for medication today.
2014 Median Pay: $29,810 per year/$14.33 per hour
Pharmacy Technician Career Snapshot
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Job opportunities are expected to be better than average, especially for those with certification or previous work experience.
- Many technicians work evenings, weekends and holidays.
- Two-thirds of all jobs are in retail pharmacies.
- 2014 Median Pay: $29,810 per year/$14.33 per hour
- Typical Entry-Level Education: High school diploma or equivalent
- Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None
- On-the-job Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
- Number of Jobs 2014: 372,500
- Job Outlook 2014-24: 9% (Faster than average)
*Employment Change, 2014-24: 34,700
- Eligible candidates for this program must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or G.E.D.
- It’s imperative that students do not have any prior criminal background. Please note that employers will perform a background check on applicants. No felony or misdemeanor related to the sale of drugs. Traffic violations and any other issues must be cleared up before the externship and is the sole responsibility of each student.
- A history of vaccinations is periodically required to work in the externship
- Must be proficient in English and have adequate knowledge of 9th/10th grade algebra and arithmetic.