If you are looking for a new and rewarding career in the healthcare industry, then consider Pharmacy Technician training with Platt College. You can learn the skills you need to start a new career through a mixture of classroom lectures, hands-on training and an externship that gets you real-world experience.
Through the Pharmacy Technician training program you can learn the science behind:
- Handling, storing and distributing medication in a safe and efficient manner
- Learning aseptic compounding of I.V. admixture products
- Medical and pharmaceutical terminology
- Pharmacy record maintenance
You can be ready to serve the healthcare needs of the public in a hospital, home healthcare center or retail pharmacy setting once you have completed the Pharmacy Technician program. With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career as a Pharmacy Technician.
Training to Become a Pharmacy Technician
Our Pharmacy Technician training can prepare you for an entry-level job at hospitals, retail pharmacies, home health centers and nursing homes. Some of the types of classes that you can expect to take in our Pharmacy Technician classes include:
- Medical Law and Ethics
- General Anatomy and Physiology
- Pharmacy Practice
- Computer Literacy and Applications
During your classroom lessons, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, tools and equipment used as a Pharmacy Technician. Some of the equipment you may handle include:
- Lab Balances
- Blenders and emulsifiers
- Automatic bottle filling machines, both pill, and liquid forms
Our Pharmacy Technician program is not only designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the job market, but also assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity through the assistance of our Career Services team.
What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?
Pharmacy Technicians are a very important part of the pharmacy team, supporting both the administration and communication of the pharmacy and engaging in clinical duties. While the role of a Pharmacy Technician can vary by state and the pharmacy they work in, the role requires you to possess both interpersonal and technical skills. Pharmacy Technician duties can be broken into three categories – clerical duties, clinical duties, and communications.
- Accept written prescriptions and refill requests from customers
- Verify customer information is complete and accurate
- Price and file all prescriptions that have been filled
- Establish and maintain patient records including their medication lists
- Order, label and inventory supplies, medication and chemicals and enter into the computer
- Receive incoming supplies and check against the order
- Check for outdated medications and notify supervisor of shortages
- Prepare and process insurance claim forms and records
- Price, stock and mark any items for sale as well as maintain and merchandise the pharmaceutical area
- Maintain proper storage and security for all medications
If in a hospital or home health setting:
- Compute charges for medications given to patients and log into the computer
- Deliver medications or supplies to patients, nursing stations or other departments
You may work with the Pharmacist on a daily basis to ensure the administrative functions of the pharmacy remain up-to-date. You may also be required to use specialized software to ensure the pharmacy runs efficiently.
- Prepare bulk medicines, fill bottles for prescribed medicines and process labels
- Clean and maintain equipment and the work area
- Sterilize equipment according to prescribed methods and standards
- Using aseptic techniques, transfer medication from vials to sterile, disposable syringes as per the prescription
- Supply and monitor pill counting or liquid dispensing equipment and label containers
- Add measured medication or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions for various uses
By providing assistance to the pharmacist, the Pharmacy Technician ensures that the customer receives the best healthcare service possible. You provide support by handling routine tasks, leaving the pharmacist available to answer questions, administer shots and counsel customers on their medication.
- Answer the pharmacy telephone and respond to questions and requests
- Answer customers questions, help them locate items and refer them to the pharmacist if needed
- Accept payment for medications and supplies from customers
During your Pharmacy Technician training at Platt College, you can learn the foundations you need to enter the healthcare industry.
Pharmacy Technician Professional Requirements
In order to become a Pharmacy Technician in the state of Oklahoma, you must have a high school diploma or GED and complete on the job training in a licensed pharmacy. You can gain some real-world experience with our externship.
Is Pharmacy Technician a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career as a Pharmacy Technician is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You care about people and their health
- You can work in the healthcare industry without having to perform clinical duties
- You’re looking for a stable career that is in demand
- It is a great starting point for other careers in allied health
If this type of work environment sounds appealing to you, then training as a Pharmacy Technician is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Pharmacy Technicians Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Pharmacy Technicians currently earn a median salary of $31,750 per year or $15.26 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $46,980*. These wages can vary based on your position, your schedule and your individual duties in the office.
The Platt College Pharmacy Technician program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each Pharmacy Technician position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook
The Pharmacy Technician is a fast growing field and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 12% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is faster than average for all occupations.
It is a great career opportunity for someone who wants to work in the healthcare industry without needing a lot of education, enjoys working in a team environment and is comfortable providing good customer service. Additionally, Pharmacy Technicians may be needed to take on a larger role within the pharmacy as many pharmacists are now providing patient care tasks such as flu shots and medication counseling.
Where Can Pharmacy Technicians Work?
As a Pharmacy Technician, you have the ability to work anywhere in the country and even around the world. You can find employment in:
- Hospitals and wellness centers
- Nursing and assisted living homes
- Retail pharmacies
Oklahoma Pharmacy Technician Program Locations at Platt College
Are you ready to enroll in our Oklahoma Pharmacy Technician program? You can find classes at:
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Pharmacy Technician program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Pharmacy Technician program.
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the programs at Platt College are available at http://www.plattcolleges.edu/content/program-disclosures.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*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