Get the training you need to work closely with pharmacists in providing medication and healthcare products to patients. Whether you'll work for a retail pharmacy, local druggist, grocery store or hospital, join the growing demand of healthcare professional in this rewarding profession. Solid career opportunities are waiting for you as a pharmacy technician.
Where do pharmacy technicians usually find jobs?
Pharmacy Technicians work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist and perform technical and clerical duties in the pharmacy. Pharmacy Technicians may work in hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, mail order pharmacies or in retail settings. Register with the state board of pharmacy may be required.
What types of duties would a pharmacy technician perform?
Pharmacy technicians receive written and electronic prescriptions or requests for patients. To prepare the prescription, technicians must retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure and sometimes mix the medication. They prepare the prescription labels, select the type of prescription container and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels to the container. Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to the patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
What jobs are available for pharmacy technicians?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Statistics, Pharmacy Technicians will increase 32% by year 2016. Our program is designed to support the local opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians so that our students can enter into the workforce as soon as possible. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates salary for Pharmacy Technicians to range from an hourly wage of $11.50 to $13.86 depending whether you choose to work for a local grocery store, pharmacy, drug store, or general medical or surgical hospital.
Are there any certifications available?
Blinn Workforce Education provides a certificate of completion at the successful conclusion of the program. Students are strongly encouraged to further their credentials by applying for national certification through a recognized organization.
Are there any entrance requirements?
You must have either a high school diploma or a GED.