- Course Length: ~9 months*
- Credits: 35.5
- Total Hours: 840
* In Las Vegas, day and evening classes are 36 and 41 weeks, respectively.
- Fast track your career as a pharmacy technician
- Help patients and work in a high-demand role*
What Is a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in preparing and providing medications to people. They also assist in providing other healthcare products and perform various other duties that a pharmacist may need help with. The pharmacy technician’s skills and responsibilities enable them to improve patient experiences and ensure optimal efficiency in a pharmacy setting.
What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?
Pharmacy technicians are the liaisons between medical professionals, doctors, pharmacists, insurance companies and patients. They’re crucial in pharmacy settings because they have the knowledge needed to work with patients regarding their medications while also performing administrative tasks when needed. Their job involves:
- Mixing intravenous solutions
- Counting tablets and labeling bottles
- Receiving electronic prescriptions from medical offices
- Handling computer order entry of prescriptions
- Receiving written prescriptions and requests for patient refills
- Verifying complete and accurate prescriptions
- Taking inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Completing patient purchase transactions using point-of-sale systems
Learn more: 6 Interesting Facts About Pharmacy Technicians
Pima Medical Institute Pharmacy Technician Program Description
The objective of the program is to provide students with the educational and clinical training in preparation for entry-level employment. Students have the opportunity to develop professional skills in customer service, prescription preparation, patient profiling and drug inventory maintenance. Upon completion of the program, students are equipped to handle all the responsibilities of a pharmacy technician.
What Will I Learn With This Training?
You’ll gain hands-on experience taking courses in our real-world labs, which will prepare you to start your career in a number of different settings. 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
- Make rounds in hospitals, giving medications to patients
Pima Medical Institute Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements
How long is the Pima Medical Pharmacy Technician program?
In most of our locations, students can expect to complete the program in about 9 months. The day and evening programs at our Las Vegas location, however, take place over 36 and 41 weeks, respectively.
Curriculum: What classes do I need to take to become a pharmacy technician?
Our curriculum is streamlined to prepare students for careers as pharmacy technicians — focusing on courses that will prepare them for real-world applications in pharmaceutical settings.
Here are just a few classes that you will take during the Pharmacy Technician program:
- Pharmacy Math
- Pharmacy Laboratory Skills
- Fundamentals of Chemistry
Does the program provide national certification exam preparation? How does it prepare me for the PTCB test?
The nationally accredited and state-licensed program at Pima Medical Institute will prepare you for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (CPhT), administered by the
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). More states and employers require certification as the need for and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician continue to grow.
Where Can I Take a Pharmacy Technician Training Class Near Me?
What Career Opportunities Do Pharmacy Technicians Have?
Career opportunities include work as a pharmacy technician, pharmacy clerk or IV-certified pharmacy technician in:
- Retail or mail-order pharmacies
- Assisted-living facilities
- Nursing homes
- In-home health environments
- Other healthcare facilities
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited Septebmer 01, 2020).
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