If you are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field but would rather not work directly with patients in a clinical setting, the Pharmacy Technician program may be right for you.
The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and the specialized skills you will need as an entry-level pharmacy technician.
The Pharmacy Technician program includes:
- 182 Hours of classroom instruction
- CPR Training
- 120 Hour externship
Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacists in a variety of settings including pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, retail stores, mail-order and online businesses. As a pharmacy technician you will be responsible for receiving and filling prescriptions, assisting customers, maintaining customer records, answering phones, updating records in the computer system and taking payments.
The program alone will qualify students for California State Licensure. No exam is required. Students who pass the program may take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTBC) or the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
It’s a Great Time To Be A Pharmacy Technician
More than ever, the number of people who rely on prescription drugs is on the rise. An aging population along with an increase in the demand for prescription drugs is driving the need for qualified pharmacy workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians and aides is expected to increase by 20% from 2012 to 2022.
What Skills Will You Learn
As a student in the pharmacy technician program, you will receive a combination of classroom and hands-on training. You will learn about the chemical and physical characteristics of medications and their effects on the body. You will learn pharmaceutical and medical terminology and their corresponding abbreviations and symbols. Once you successfully complete the classroom portion of the program, you will learn hands-on through your externship at a local pharmacy.