Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist to dispense prescription medications. Pharmacy Technicians usually work in a hospital pharmacy or a retail pharmacy, but can also work in laboratories. Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand due to the constant development of new drugs, and an aging population that requires more and more of these drugs. Pharmacy technician can also be the first step toward a career as a pharmacist, nursing assistant or other medical professional. Recent studies show that the average starting wage is $12.62 per hour, but this varies greatly by location. 2015-2016 studies show the median income is $32,000 per year (ranging from entry-level $26,000 per year, to $39,000 with years of experience).
What’s in this Program? This program covers prescription requests, measuring medications, packaging and labeling prescriptions, working with patient records, processing prescription insurance claims.
Included Certification! Included in your program tuition is the exam prep material and an exam voucher for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Certified Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (CPhT). Please Note: all candidates applying for certification must comply with all applicable PTCB certification policies including but not limited to criminal history policies.
Summary: Demand for this skill is steadily growing and the training time to qualify is relatively short.
Licensing Requirements: Please note each state may have specific licensing requirements to practice, contact your states Board of Pharmacy to review the specific requirements for your state. This program does not guarantee license to practice.
Upon successful completion of this program, learners will display proficiency in the following areas:
The history of pharmacy and healthcare
A pharmacy technician’s roles and responsibilities
Understand the types of pharmacies including hospital and retail
Understand drug regulations and control
Pharmaceutical terminology and related anatomy
Pharmacy calculations and math review
Aseptic technique and the handling of sterile products
Basics of IV solutions and calculating 24-hour supply of IV solutions
Drug names and drug classes
Inventory management and financial issues
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing medications and are accountable to the supervising pharmacist who is legally responsible for the care and safety of patients served by the pharmacy. This program is ideal for individuals with no previous pharmacy or healthcare experience as well as individuals working in healthcare who wish to further their knowledge, skills, and potential advance their career. This program is also targeted towards individuals currently working in a pharmacy setting who are looking to further their career by obtaining their pharmacy technician certification.
Included in this program is the PTCB's CPhT certification exam practice test and an exam voucher.
The CPhT is the gold standard of credentialing for pharmacy technicians. PTCB® offers the CPhT certification to individuals who wish to distinguish themselves in the pharmacy technician field. PTCB’s certification program enables technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Most employers prefer, and many require, that their pharmacy technicians be CPhTs.
Validated achievement and knowledge
Improved employment opportunities
Potential for higher salary
Understanding of pharmacy law
Prestige among coworkers
High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
Compliance with all applicable PTCB certification policies
This program is supported by an expert educational mentor, Patrice Arevalo. Patrice has a degree in medical assisting from The Career College of Northern Nevada as well as a degree in dental assisting from the Community College of the Air Force. She is available to provide guidance and motivation for learners throughout the duration of this program. As an expert mentor, she will provide answers to learner questions, monitor learner's program progression, and review lesson and program quiz/test results.
Included in this program are the following textbooks:
• The Pharmacy Technician Foundations and Practices,Custom Edition Package
• Pharmacy Technician Program Student Workbook
• The Pharmacy Foundations and Practices Lab Manual and Workbook