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Why Become a Pharmacy Technician?
So you’re thinking about becoming a Pharmacy Technician? A pharmacy technician assists licensed pharmacists with daily pharmacy duties. Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of tasks on a typical workday, including filling, labeling, indexing, and accounting for prescriptions. Additionally, pharmacy technicians are beginning to assume more responsibilities by completing tasks previously managed by licensed pharmacists. Read on to learn more about earnings potential and job duties that Lenape’s Pharmacy Technician Training can offer you!
What Are the Duties of a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy technicians are the driving force behind millions of pharmacies all over the world. Their job description includes many important duties and no two days are ever the same. Thanks to the support of pharmacy technicians, the pharmacy can run like a well-oiled machine, and the pharmacists can fulfill their responsibilities. Under pharmacist supervision, pharmacy technicians: supply medicines to patients, whether on prescription or over the counter, assemble medicines for prescriptions, provide information to patients and other healthcare professionals.
The pharmacy technician will begin their day by getting the pharmacy ready for business. This includes turning on equipment such as computers, scales, printers, and fax machines. They must also sterilize the countertops, scales, pill counting trays, and other medication measuring devices. The main role of the pharmacy technician is processing prescriptions. They greet the patient and accept their prescription. Next, they input the prescription date into the computer and process the patient‘s insurance. The pharmacy technician will then fill the prescription and prepare it to be sold to the patient.
What Is My Occupational Outlook?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of pharmacy technician jobs is expected to increase 31% from 2008 – 2018. This is primarily due to the increase in the number of senior citizens during that time. Pharmacy technician salaries may increase as the demand for skilled technicians increases.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $32,700 in May 2018. The highest-paid pharmacy technicians were those who were certified and had more than five years of experience. Many pharmacy technicians making the top rate were labor union members and most of them worked in hospitals, as reported by the BLS (www.bls.gov)
What Education Do I Need?
Upon completion of your Pharmacy Technician Training at Lenape, you will be ready for an entry-level position, as your newly-acquired skills prepare you to work in various settings such as hospitals, retail locations, or other types of mass merchandisers. The major benefits of attending the Pharmacy Technician training program through Lenape Tech’s Adult and Continuing Education are:
• Programs can be completed in just a few months
• Small class sizes.
• Employers actively recruit from our programs
Additionally, externships with major retail pharmacies are available for those who academically qualify.
To become a pharmacy technician, you must:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Provide proof of your high school diploma or GED certificate
• Complete a pharmacy technician program
• Pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam
Get Certified as a Pharmacy Technician
After completing a pharmacy technician program, graduates in most states must earn their pharmacy technician certification. Currently, Pennsylvania does not currently require certification for Pharmacy Technicians, having a national certification increase employment options upon graduation. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) maintains a certification exam to ensure that pharmacy technicians are held to nationwide standards. Pharmacy technician graduates who pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) are designated Certified Pharmacy Technicians or CPhTs.
Lenape Tech Adult & Continuing Education wants to see you succeed. That’s why we help prepare our students to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam during the course of our program. Our pharmacy technician curriculum incorporates PTCE preparation curriculum to ensure that our students are ready for anything. Externships are available for those students that qualify.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT PREREQUISITES MUST BE MET PRIOR TO CLASS START. REGISTRATION PACKETS CAN BE PICKED UP IN THE ADULT EDUCATION OFFICE LOCATED IN THE NEXTEIR ADULT LEARNING CENTER AT LENAPE TECH MONDAY - THURSDAY.
We understand that the majority of our students may need to work while they attend adult education classes. To accommodate those students, all classes are offered at night. Don’t let your current job and the schedule of classes discourage you from registering today!
This training is WIOA approved.
** There is a $50 late registration fee in addition to tuition if not paid in full 2 weeks prior to the first night of class.