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Pharmacy Technician-Certificate

Pharmacy technicians play important and respected roles in health care – learn how to become a pharmacy technician with CHCP’s new Pharmacy Technician Certificate program! In less than one year, you’ll be prepared to pursue a rewarding career assisting a licensed pharmacist, one of the most trusted professions in America (source: Gallup poll, 2015).

What does a pharmacy technician do?

Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of tasks in support of the pharmacist. This may involve receiving prescription requests and entering them into a computer data system to be filled, measuring and labeling prescription medications for verification by the pharmacist, and processing payment and insurance claim information. Pharmacy technicians may also be expected to engage in administrative tasks such as inventory tracking and management, and to serve as a point of contact between the pharmacist, patients, and other health care professionals.

Where do pharmacy technicians work?

Most pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies (source: BLS). Trained and registered pharmacy technicians have opportunities to work for a diverse range of health care providers, including retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics. Because pharmacies are often needed to dispense important medications regardless of hour or day, many pharmacies maintain late or even 24/7 hours, so there is a need for skilled pharmacy technicians at all hours of the day. Being a pharmacy technician can offer you flexibility in finding full-time employment opportunities even with a busy schedule.

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