A pharmacy technician's primary job is to receive and fill prescription requests for patients. These prescription requests can come from hospitals, physicians, nurses or directly from the patient. Their work is supervised by a licensed pharmacist. The preparation of a prescription requires several tasks. The duties carried out by pharmacy technicians can include: retrieving prescription orders; counting, pouring, measuring and weighing tablets and medications; mixing medications; selecting the proper prescription container; creating prescription labels. After the prescription is filled, the pharmacy tech prices and files it. A licensed pharmacist then checks the completed prescription before it is given to the patient.
The pharmacy tech's job also extends to the daily operation of the pharmacy itself, including interactions with hospitals and patients. Some other, non-medication-related duties include: preparing insurance claim forms; maintaining patient profiles; completing cash register transactions; answering phones; taking inventory of over-the-counter medications; being aware of the latest medicines and their availability.
Students who complete designated coursework with the Pharmacy Technology degree are eligible to sit for the external certification exam through the Pharmacy Technician Board prior to completion of their degree. This provides the student with an opportunity for immediate employment as they pursue and complete their degree. Coursework for external certification may be completed in as little as three quarters. Graduates of the program receive the Associate of Technical Studies degree.
Students completing the pharmacy technology program may choose to complete an Associate of Science degree instead of the Associate of Technical Studies. Click here for more information about this opportunity.
Rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians are expected. Employment opportunities are predicted to grow by roughly 26 percent through the year 2018; many students begin their careers with pharmacy technician training to gain experience, earn income, and learn more about the opportunities available in the health technologies fields.
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Associate of Technical Studies or Associate of Science Degree
Students who complete MTC’s Pharmacy Technology program are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB, 1100 15th Street, NW, Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005-1707, 800-363-8012, www.ptcb.org). The credential awarded upon successful completion of the exam is Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).
Essential Program Requirements-Technical Standards:
In order to meet the program competencies, an applicant to the MLT program must demonstrate certain characteristics. Click here for a list of Essential Requirements-Technical Standards to apply to Pharmacy Technology.
To apply for acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology Program, you must complete specific program application requirements. Click here for requirements.
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