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At Platt College, our Pharmacy Technician program is designed to teach you the skills you need for a rewarding career as a Pharmacy Technician.
Through a mix of classroom lectures, hands-on training and an externship course where you get real training in the workforce, you can get the hands-on experience you need while learning the science behind handling, storing, and distributing drugs in a safe and efficient manner.
Upon completion of our Pharmacy Technician program, you can be ready to apply for positions in hospitals, home health care and retail pharmacy settings. If you have an interest in starting a new career where you can serve the health care needs of the public, our Pharmacy Technician program could be a good fit for you.
Pharmacy technicians work with pharmacists to help prepare and distribute medication to customers or health professionals on a day-to-day basis. Some of the duties of a pharmacy technician include taking orders over the phone, gathering medication, taking payment for medicine, labeling prescriptions, and arranging consultations between customers and the pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians work behind the counter and may work in either a retail pharmacies or hospitals.
In order to become a pharmacy technician, you must have several qualifications. First, you must hold a high school diploma or GED. Most pharmacy techs need to be versed in biology, math, physiology, and chemistry, and a high school or GED education will provide this fundamental education. Next, complete a postsecondary education program at a trade or vocational school, such as Platt College.
Additionally, in some states it is required that pharmacy technicians become certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the National Health Career Association (NHA), however even when it is not required by the state, some pharmacies will still require certification. Lastly, if certification is required by the state or the employer, pharmacy techs must pass a recertification exam every two years.
If you enjoy completing tasks in a team environment, providing customer service in a health care related field and are looking for a career that is growing, becoming a pharmacy technician could be the right choice for you. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the pharmacy technician field to grow 9% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
This Pharmacy Technician program can be a great fit for students who want to work in a health care related field without spending years in school.
According to the latest survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians earn a median salary of $30,920 per year with the top 10% earning more than $45,710.
Contact us today and we can answer any questions you have about our Pharmacy Technician programs in Oklahoma.
We know that a career decision is important, and we are committed to making sure you have all of the information you need to make a career training decision that is right for you.