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How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Posted: February 19, 2021 by Diane Smith
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Learn how to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
 


Pharmacy technicians play an important role in healthcare. As a pharmacy technician, you are the liaison between doctors, pharmacists and patients. You help people get the medications they need. Pharmacy technicians are a literal lifeline for many people. As a pharmacy technician, you will assist pharmacists in preparing and providing medications. You will also assist in providing other healthcare products and perform various other duties that a pharmacist may need help with.
 
So how do you become a pharmacy technician? There are several options, but the recommended route is to attend an accredited school that will prepare you to take and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. At Pima Medical Institute, you can be finished with your schooling and ready to sit for your exam in as little as nine months. That means in less than one year you can be in your chosen career field making a difference!
 
student counts pills during class Hands-on learning prepares you for the real world.
At Pima Medical, you will gain hands-on experience through real-world laboratory environments.  You will be prepared to start your career in a number of different settings. And, if working in a traditional, retail pharmacy environment is not what you’re looking for, there are plenty of career options out there. You can also work in hospitals, assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, in-home health environments and other healthcare facilities.
 
As a certified pharmacy technician, you will prepare a variety of medications, such as IV medications, compound or mix some medications, interact with physicians, nurses and medical assistants on prescription refill authorizations, operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders or make rounds in hospitals, giving medications to patients.
 
So, if helping people is important to you and you love math and science, a career as a pharmacy technician might be the right choice. Learn more about this growing healthcare career* now and take your first step to a rewarding career!

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited February 18, 2021).


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