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Duty of a Pharmacy Technician

What is the Professional Duty of a Pharmacy Technician?
Your duties may vary depending on your seniority, experience, type, and the size of your employer. In general you may be responsible for counting tablets, measuring, labeling and ordering supplies.

What Might an Average Day Involve?
The duty of a Pharmacy Technician is to fill prescriptions and carry out routine tasks before being approved by a qualified Pharmacist. The tasks that you are allowed to perform vary by state and your employer. In retail and online pharmacies, you may read prescriptions, or receive them electronically from a physician, then weigh, measure, mix, or otherwise prepare and package the medicine. You would then label the container and ensure that patient information is available concerning the dosage and side affect information. You may also be responsible for record keeping and updating records. Hospitals and care homes may require you to give advice for minor ailments, and to have more interaction with patients and staff. Most of your tasks will be checked by a Pharmacist.

What is the Future for Pharmacy Technicians and How Might Education Help My Career?
Traditionally, you would have learned your trade by working with other technicians. Not every employer now has the time or resources to take on untrained technicians. Most employers prefer you to hold some sort of qualification as a sign of your commitment and level of skill and knowledge. The outlook for qualified pharmacy Technicians is expected to be good. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians.)

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute. We offer a number of certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs in the medical, allied health, dentistry, nursing, mortuary science, veterinary, and massage therapy fields.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Mesa

Welcome to Carrington College - The Starting Point for Health Care Careers. With roots that date back more than 45 years, Carrington College has helped to shape the careers of tens of thousands of students as they prepare to enter health care professions.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technology
Locations:  Tucson

Pursue your education with Platt College (Oklahoma). We offer hands-on training programs in the culinary arts, allied health, and nursing fields.

*Programs vary by location.

*High school diploma or GED required.

*Licensed by OBPVS.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Oklahoma City
Penn Foster offers affordable, self-paced career-focused distance education programs in fields like business, criminal justice, health services, technology, engineering, paralegal studies and more.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Develop the skills to succeed in today's highly competitive business environment. Everest College can prepare you for a rewarding career in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Tacoma
Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges. We offer a number of certificate programs in a variety of fields, including medical, allied health, massage therapy, nursing, and electrical training.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  West Covina
Take your career to a whole new level with a degree from Everest Institute. Programs available in Accounting, Paralegal, Business Administration and more.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician (Diploma)
Locations:  Pittsburgh
Harris School of Business offers career-focused education that gives you the skills you need to make the leap into your new career.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Tech
Locations:  Linwood

Career Quest Learning Centers offers programs in business, information technology, and health care that are designed to get you into your new career fast.

Programs:

  • Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Lansing

Virginia College  continues the tradition ofgiving lives new direction, fulfilling our mission statement tostudents wherever they live and offering the chance to pursue adegree while maintaining commitments to work and family.

Programs:

  • AS-Pharmacy Technology
  • DIP-Pharmacy Technician
Locations:  Pensacola
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