Pharmacy Technician – The Prescription for a Great Career
A Pharmacy Technician is usually a pharmacist’s right-hand man (or woman). They are exceptional listeners, are always alert, and pay attention to the finest details (like why there’s an incorrect $0.83 charge on their phone bill).
They are also very responsible—filling the prescription with the right dose of the right pill could be the difference between making a patient feel a whole lot better, or a whole lot worse.
What does a Pharmacy Technician do?
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.
Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests for prescription refills from patients. They may also receive prescriptions sent from the doctor’s office. They must verify that the information on the prescription is complete and accurate. To prepare the prescription, technicians retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure and sometimes mix the medication. Then, they prepare the prescription labels, select the type of prescription container, and affix the labels on it.
Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to a patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
In hospitals, technicians have more responsibility. They read patient charts and prepare and deliver medicine to patients. The technician then copies the information about the prescribed medication onto the patient’s profile. Technicians may also assemble a 24-hour supply of medicine for every patient.
What Does Our Pharmacy Technician Program Offer You?
- Study of the anatomy and physiology of the body and of drugs/antibiotics used to treat common diseases
- Familiarity with prescription and non-prescription drugs, herbal remedies and dietary supplements
- Training with hospital pharmacies; how to interpret physicians’ orders, maintain records, fill unit dose carts, stock floor inventory, etc.
- Training with retail pharmacies; how to process drug orders, calculate dosing, price and stock medication, etc.
- An introduction to federal and state pharmacy laws
- An externship at a clinical site
What Career Choices are Available to Graduates?
Upon graduation, you will be qualified to work as a Pharmacy Technician in places like:
- Retail Pharmacies
Are There Really Jobs Available For Me?
We could tell you… “Absolutely.” But, what we prefer to do is to encourage you to do the research yourself. Get a copy of your local newspaper and read through the Healthcare job listings. Look for your potential job category and see for yourself how many great opportunities will be available to you when you complete your Medi College training. Jump online and search some of the excellent job resource websites for opportunities in your field. The jobs are out there… so don’t wait any longer if you want to work in Healthcare. Come to Medi College and we’ll prepare you quickly and thoroughly for your new career.
How Much Does It Cost?
We know how important this question is to most of you. We have found that our program costs may change slightly with each new session. For that reason, we are unable to provide cost information on our website. We are, however, very happy to discuss our current program costs with you personally. Please give us a call anytime. Just tell your campus representative that you have visited our website and would like information about our program.
If you have questions about financial aid, your representative will refer you to our excellent Financial Aid staff who are here specifically to help you fund your education.
Credits can be transferred toward a UAMU Master Degree in Health Care Management at the link below.