A career as a pharmacy tech could be the perfect fit if you’re looking for a rewarding career in the growing health care industry, enjoy working with people and helping them feel better. Now is a great time to start a career in the health care field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for qualified individuals to fill pharmacy technician jobs will rise 20% by 2022.

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Becoming a pharmacy technician

What is a pharmacy technician?

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. In most states, technicians can compound or mix some medications and call physicians for prescription refill authorizations. Technicians also may need to operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders.

How to become a pharmacy technician

The first step is to complete the training, then successfully take the certification exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you can qualify for pharmacy tech or pharmacy assistant positions in venues including:

  • Ambulatory health care services
  • Hospitals
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies and drug stores
  • General merchandise stores

Required courses

The program includes the following required courses:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Pathophysiology
  • Laws, Ethics and Principles of Pharmacy Practice
  • Hospital Pharmacy Practice
  • Billing, Records, and Inventory Management
  • Pharmacy Externship-Retail or Hospital Based
  • Related Requirements
  • Written Communication for Allied Health
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations – Pharmaceutical Math
  • Essential Workplace Skills – Health