Pharmacy Technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and generally are responsible for 3 functions:
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.
Certified technicians may earn more than non-certified technicians.
In just two semesters, you can start a new career in a health related field. Many students use their diploma in Pharmacy Technology as a stepping stone into nursing, pharmacy, or other healthcare fields.
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).
Employment: Hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, home health and long term care pharmacies, mail order prescription pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. 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.
Salary: 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).
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term.