Becoming a Pharmacy Technician Professional: A Program Itinerary
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Do you like a challenge? How about helping people? If the answer is yes, then a career as a pharmacy technician might be perfect for you.
As a pharmacy technician, you will assist the pharmacist with a variety of tasks. Most of the time, pharmacy technicians are behind the counter helping to count pills and fill prescriptions. Additional duties could include answering phones and working the front counter.
Pharmacy technician is an entry-level position in the healthcare and pharmaceutical field. The average starting annual salary is $31,000. Experienced pharmacy technicians can make up to $49,000 annually.
Pharmacy technicians often advance to become pharmacy assistants. The average annual salary for a pharmacy assistant is $50,000.
How Do I Get Certified?
Before you enroll, you will need to meet the minimum requirements. You must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school degree or equivalent. You will also need to have access to the internet, pass a background check and pay for the course.
MedCerts Pharmacy Technician program contains three courses and a pharmacy technician externship:
Customer Service Professional I
16 hours or 1 week
Appreciate why first-rate customer service adds value to every organization
Learn to deal with complaints and apply the four core skills for high quality service
Learn to determine what the customer wants and provide confidence in your product
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology
96 hours or 6 weeks
Learn the structure of the 11 body systems
Learn medical terminology
Break down medical term components
Pharmacy Technician Principles and Practices
128 hours or 8 weeks
Learn pharmacy laws and medication regulations
Learn the primary functions of different pharmacy organizations
Learn the top 200 medications and their purposes
Pharmacy Technician Externship
160 hours or 6 weeks
Maintain pharmacy inventory and understand different replenishment systems
Demonstrate computer systems and software used for prescription processing
Demonstrate effective communication and patient empathy
Learn to perform various tasks around the pharmacy
After completing the three courses, you will take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Once you pass the exam you will be awarded the CPhT certification and can begin your career in the pharmaceutical field.
It’s important to note that this certification is nationally recognized. However, some states require additional courses and/or testing to become licensed in their state. Make sure to check your state's requirements before enrolling.
Skills you can expect to gain while completing this program, are:
Handle prescription requests
Count, weigh, pour and mix medications accurately
Properly label and package the medications
Manage pharmaceutical inventory
Process insurance claims
Maintain patient records
Payment Options and Funding
Tuition for MedCerts can be paid for out of pocket, via grant or a scholarship. There are many federal grants and scholarships available for MedCerts programs. You can contact a workforce counselor for more information about grants and scholarships.
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