What does a Pharmacy Technician do?
Pharmacy Technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and generally are responsible for 3 functions:
- Assisting the pharmacist in serving patients
- Maintaining medication and inventory control systems
- Participating in the administration of pharmacy practice
In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities, including preparing sterile solutions and delivering medications to nurses or physicians. Technicians may also record the information about the prescribed medication onto the patient’s profile.
Where do Pharmacy Technicians work?
Hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, home health and long term care pharmacies, mail order prescription pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies
What is the job outlook for Pharmacy Technicians?
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 % from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people – who use more prescription drugs than younger people – will spur demand for pharmacy workers throughout the projection period.
Job opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to be good, especially for those with previous experience, formal training, or certification.
What is the starting salary for a Pharmacy Technician?
In the US median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy technicians were $13.32. In Wayne County the starting salary (range) was $9.00 to $12.00/hr (2008)
Certified technicians may earn more than non-certified technicians.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) administers a voluntary National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Those who pass the exam earn the title, certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT)
How do I apply?
This is a limited admissions program with space for 15 students so apply now by following the procedure on the WCC Allied Health Admissions Requirements web site or call (919) 739-6727.
What courses will I take?
Diploma Program Information
Pharmacy Technology (D45580)
Gainful Employment Report
Need more information?
Call (919) 739-6727 or (919) 739-6770
For information about certification visit the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board web site.
For information about employment statics vist the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site.