Technicians will have different roles depending on the environment in which they will work. In a retail environment, they generally do all of the following:

Assist pharmacists in providing pharmaceutical care.
Perform tasks like computer / data entry,
Drug preparation / selection
Counting and labeling
Refer patient questions about medications and information about medications to the pharmacist.
Manage inventory
Billing insurers
Technicians at a health system pharmacy (such as a hospital) may also be responsible for the following:

Review of medical records
Prepare and deliver medications to the nursing stations.
Perform unit dose packaging
If certified, they can prepare sterile materials such as intravenous antibiotics and chemotherapy products.

In the past, most pharmacy technicians were trained on the job after being hired. The problem with this is that on-the-job training, by its very nature, is very employer-specific and generally limited to the tasks the employer wants you to do. In most cases, it does not provide the necessary training or background regarding pharmaceutical practice. Formal education requirements, proficiency tests, and registration with a State Board of Pharmacy are now slowly taking over job training. Many states in the US already have certification requirements to be eligible for a technician job. It is only a matter of time until more and more states adopt legislation requiring that all pharmacy technicians receive formal training and become certified.

Certification exam

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is an exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and is taken at the end of the pharmacy technician training course. The exam is officially recognized by more than 25 individual State Boards of Pharmacy. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in a 2-hour window. There are three areas of measured competence:

Helping the pharmacist care for patients - this is the most comprehensive part of the exam. Includes material for dispensing prescriptions, distributing medications, and collecting / organizing information. You will also need to scan prescriptions for accuracy and validity, perform certain counting tasks, and perform certain pharmaceutical calculations. This section of the exam consists of 66% of the total exam material.
Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems - This section will assess you for knowledge of how to place and receive medication orders, properly store medications, and other inventory-related questions. This section of the exam consists of 22% of the total exam material.
Pharmacy Operations Knowledge - This section will assess your knowledge of general pharmacy operations, including various workflow-based questions, pharmacy establishment maintenance, various legal questions, and questions about dispensing and computer management systems. This section consists of 12% of the total exam material.
Professional oportunities

In terms of jobs that don't require a college degree, being a pharmacy technician ranks as one of the highest in multiple categories. It consistently ranks among the top 100 fastest growing jobs, also among the top 100 jobs without a college degree. The annual job growth rate for technicians is over 25%! So where are all these technicians going to work? The retail pharmacy is just one area of ​​work where pharmacy technicians can work, such as:

Clinical practice
Nuclear medication
Training and education
Investigation and development
Pharmacy Technician Class

The course itself generally consists of 14-15 classes spanning 7 to 8 weeks. The course is certainly complete! Here is a list of topics you can expect to learn during the course:

Pharmacy history
Pharmacy and Ethics Law
Pharmacy and health system technology
Inventory management
Health insurance billing
Sterile compounds and products
Mathematical skills
Dosage, concentration and dilution calculations.
Parental calculations
Dosage and administration formulations
Drug classifications
The different systems of the body.

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