Train to be a Certified Pharmacy Technician
Includes Preparation for Sterile Product, Compounding and Phlebotomy Tech Certification Tests
As a pharmacy technician, you play an essential role in the optimal running of the pharmacy by helping licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers and/or health professionals. Pharmacy technicians are considered the back bone of the pharmacy, assisting the licensed pharmacist with preparation of prescriptions and customer care. They will also interact with patients and/or customers on proper use of medications. The responsibilities of the pharmacy technician may vary a great deal depending on the practice setting, but may include, prescription intake and translation, gathering patient data, data entry, inventory management, filing prescription forms, medication delivery, dispensing filled prescriptions and collecting payments. This is where your people skills and unwavering attention to detail, as well as comprehensive training, prove essential to your success as a pharmacy technician.
Opportunities for pharmacy technicians are growing! Pharmacies are now being located in supermarkets, hospitals, clinics and other locations which provide more job opportunities than ever before. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications:
- As the population ages and the rate of chronic diseases rise, the demand for prescription medications is expected to increase. Additionally, as pharmaceutical research continues, more prescription medications will become available to fight diseases.
- Because of federal health reform legislation, more people will have access to insurance coverage and more pharmacy technicians will be needed to handle their prescriptions.
- Since more pharmacists are performing more patient care activities such as giving flu shots, more technicians may be needed to perform tasks such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians, tasks formerly done by pharmacists.
Becoming a pharmacy technician requires earning a high school diploma, or GED, and most states require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program. (Some pharmacy technicians may opt to pursue a pharmacist license with advanced education and training.)
CCI Training Center offers pharmacy technician students one of the most comprehensive, hands-on training programs available. With small class sizes and flexible training, both on campus and online, CCI Training Center utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and invaluable instruction from only the best, most experienced teachers in their field.
The Pharmacy Technician Program provides the training you’ll need to start your career in this growing field, including classes like, Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Law, Ethics & Professionalism, Pharmacy Calculations, Pharmacology, Phlebotomy and more, just what you’ll need to prepare for certification testing. Take that first step to your new career in the pharmaceutical industry today!