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Benefits of Becoming a Pharmacy Technician

As the population ages, there is an ever-increasing demand for pharmacy technicians and other careers in allied health. Therefore, deciding to become a pharmacy technician can be highly beneficial.

What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?

Pharmacy Technicians work with pharmacists to help prepare and give out prescription medication. They take prescriptions over the phone and in person, work with health professionals and customers, help mix medicines, count pills, measure medication, label and give instructions for medicine, and help take payments. Pharmacy technicians are the liaison between the public and pharmacists, helping set up consultations and recommendations.

How much do Pharmacy Technicians make?

How much do Pharmacy Technicians make?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the median annual pay for pharmacy technicians in 2015 was $30,410 and the median hourly wage was $14.62 per hour*. In a separate survey recently conducted by the Michigan Pharmacists Association, the median salary reported for Pharmacy Technicians in 2015 was $16.00 and the average pharmacy technician salary was $17.98. However, it should be noted that various factors will affect the amount of salary a technician is paid. These include:

-Educational Background
-Healthcare setting
-Specific job duties
-Job experience
-Place of employment (geographic location or company)

Hospital pharmacies will offer a higher pay scale vs. a community pharmacy setting.

How to become a Pharmacy Technician?

You will need a high school diploma or equivalent level of education. You can then enroll in a certificate-based training school where they offer a Pharmacy Technician Program. The Pharmacy Technician Program should meet the accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE).

Course content may include:
•Medication Order Entry & Fill Process
•Pharmacology for Technicians
•Patient and Medication Safety
•Pharmacy Law and Regulations
•Pharmacy Quality Assurance
•CPR for Health Care Providers
•Pharmacy Math
•Sterile IV Drug Preparation/Aseptic Technique
•Non-Sterile Drug Compounding
•Insurance Billing and Reimbursement
•Inventory Management
•Customer Service Excellence

Pharmacy Technician Schools

Employers typically place more value on formal-trained pharmacy technicians. Many employers believe formal training provides more well-rounded employees. ABC Training Center offers a Pharmacy Technician Program that is designed to prepare students to become employed in places like retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. At ABC, you can quickly complete your training in as little as 5-6 months. In addition to learning in an interactive classroom environment, you will obtain hands-on experience in our newly renovated pharmacy simulation lab. Here you will practice preparing prescriptions in a realistic environment that replicates community and hospital pharmacy settings. In addition to processing outpatient prescriptions, you will be trained in the preparation of sterile IV admixtures and non-sterile drug compounding. You will also gain real-life experience through an externship program at a local pharmacy.

After completing the program, you will be well prepared to take the nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Upon achievement, you will earn the title Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) and can apply for licensure in the state of Michigan.

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