A technician is an individual who, under the supervision of a pharmacist, assists in the performance of activities of the pharmacy department not requiring the professional judgment of a pharmacist.
This program focuses on preparing students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The program teaches students basic concepts of pharmacy, along with basic pharmacology, medications and their uses, daily tasks, and pharmacy math. In addition, students are required to complete 80 hours of on-the-job training. With more and more pharmacists doing patient clinics and working directly with physicians, they are relying on the technicians to manage the daily activities of the pharmacy.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review included in course studies. Tuition also pays to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and a Missouri License for a pharmacy technician.
It is possible to learn on the job, but employers prefer pharmacy techs that have formal training and certification.
Pharmacy technicians have varying responsibilities. Some of those include, but are not limited to:
- Preparing & filing prescriptions under the direction of a pharmacist
- Preparing medication for clients by compounding, counting pills & labeling bottles
- Labeling & storing supplies
- Preparing IV solutions
- Answering telephones
- Pharmacy administration
- Receiving & verifying prescriptions
- Operating healthcare information systems
Key attributes for success in the profession include:
- proficiency with computers
- good “people skills”
- ability to work under pressure
- teamwork skills