Another increasing demand in the healthcare community is the Pharmacy Technician! A pharmacy technician needs to have well-rounded skills set to help patients with their medication needs. The duties of a pharmacy technician vary depending on whether he/she is employed in a retail or institutional pharmacy. A pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist in running the operation of the pharmacy, interacting professionally with customers and complying with industry regulations.
Important traits range from dependability and integrity, to be precise, professional, and maintain confidentiality are essential to the role of a pharmacy technician. Good communication skills are a must in dealing with patients and other members of the healthcare team.
Students in the Pharmacy Tech program will learn how to enter prescription and patient information, how to solve insurance issues, maintain inventory, and keep appropriate documentation of pharmacy records. Clinical duties will also be addressed: filling prescriptions, preparing IV solutions, preparing unit dose medications, taking patient blood pressures, and assisting the pharmacist with administering immunizations. Coursework in this program includes Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Law and Ethics, Pharmaceutical Terminology, Disease Processes, Pharmaceutical Calculations, Community Pharmacy and Institutional Pharmacy.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to sit for the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) certification.
Pharmacy Technicians can expect to find employment in community pharmacies, hospital facilities, compounding facilities, nursing home facilities, nuclear pharmacies, retail pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, and correctional facilities.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that this career is expected to grow faster than average because of an aging population.