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Is a high school diploma or GED required to enroll in the Pharmacy Technician program?

In general, you must have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in the Pharmacy Technician training program. In some cases, concurrent enrollment in high school and the pharmacy technician program may be possible, but it is important to note Michigan law requires a diploma or GED for pharmacy technician licensure. Please contact a ABC representative to discuss your specific circumstances.

Where can I get a job as a pharmacy technician?

Pharmacy Technicians are employed at many different practice sites. You will find them in community (retail) pharmacies, hospital/health system pharmacies, insurance companies, long-term care pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, computer software companies, pharmacy benefit managers (PBM), and more! As pharmacists are tasked with more clinical roles, the opportunities for pharmacy technicians are evolving into many exciting new areas.

What does a pharmacy technician do?

Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist to help prepare prescriptions and provide other healthcare related services. The following is a list of tasks commonly performed by pharmacy technicians provided by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), sponsored by the US Department of Labor. (http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00)

TASKS COMMONLY PERFORMED BY PHARMACY TECHNICIANS
  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Answer phone, respond to questions or requests.
  • Maintain proper storage and security of drugs.
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Order, label, and count stock of medications, chemicals, or supplies and enter inventory data into computer.
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions.
  • Operate cash registers to accept customer payment.
  • Clean and maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
  • Prepare and process insurance claims and records.
  • Transfer medication from vials to the appropriate number of sterile, disposable syringes, using aseptic techniques.
  • Supply and monitor robotic machines that dispense medicine into containers and label the containers.
  • Restock intravenous (IV) supplies and add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions to prepare IV packs for various uses, such as chemotherapy medication.
  • Compute charges for medication or equipment dispensed to hospital patients and enter data in computer.
  • Deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations, or surgery.
  • Price stock and mark items for sale.
  • Maintain and merchandise home healthcare products or services.

What is the job outlook for pharmacy technicians?

With the recently passed Michigan law requiring licensure of pharmacy technicians, the need for trained pharmacy technicians in Michigan has greatly increased. The Pharmacy Technician program at ABC will help prepare you to enter this in-demand health care career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the availability of jobs for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase 9% faster than average. The BLS also 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.**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet athttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited July 21, 2016).
**Michigan Pharmacist Association, 2015 Michigan Pharmacy Economic Survey, 2016 July/Aug./Sept., Vol. 54, Issue 3, p.12

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