Licensed pharmacy technicians assist registered pharmacists in completing, preparation and dispensing of prescription drugs. Technicians receive the customers ' prescriptions, count out pills, mix in the ongoing preparations and bottle label on the prescription, as well as perform administrative duties. They work closely with a registered pharmacists in retail pharmacies, hospitals, Maintenance facilities, and nursing homes. Online schools, colleges and universities offer degrees that lead to the pharmacy technician license acquisition. The programs are usually of six months to two years in length. Member Requirements
Pharmacy technicians reach a Member through the Board of pharmacy of individual countries. Although States have different requirements acquisition of licenses, most require that applicants have a high school diploma or GED, pass a check of criminalpast and pay for licenses for a fee. Institute for the certification of pharmacy technicians and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board are private organizations licensing.
Study part includes classes in anatomy and Physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, medical terminology and ethics. Specialized courses include intravenous fluids, chemotherapy, and sterile products. Students usually work an internship with the rotations in different settings of the pharmacy, such as retail stores, such as CVS and walgreens, nursing homes, and hospitals.
The cost varies depending on the length of the program and offers the institution,with a public community colleges to be the cheapest and most expensive private institutions. Specialized certification and/or the acquisition of the license costs more, as well as, in the range of $ 250 to $ 1000.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for licensed pharmacy technicians is expected to increase faster than the average due to a growing older population and the popularity of prescription drugs. The number of pharmacy technician positions are forecast to increase by 31%, 2008-2018.