Certification requirements vary for pharmacy techs

The level of required training for pharmacy technicians varies from state to state, but employers are constantly looking for professionally trained workers and those that have received training from a respected school, such as the Health Care Institute, are often at the front of the line for the best pharmacy tech jobs.

Most states require pharmacy technicians to be registered with the state board of pharmacy and some states require certification. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) administer national certification examinations.

Certification is always a great way to improve one’s chance at securing employment and the Health Care Institute offers one of the best programs to not only prepare students for this growing career field, but also prepare them for certification and licensure.

In addition to having professional training in the areas of prescriptions and pharmaceuticals, pharmacy technicians are required to practice good customer service and communication skills because pharmacy technicians interact with patients, coworkers, and healthcare professionals. Basic mathematics, spelling, and reading skills also are important, as technicians must interpret prescription orders and verify drug doses. Technicians also must be precise because the details of the job are sometimes a matter of life and death.

If this is a professional you are considering entering then beginning at the Health Care Institute would be your best first step. The Health Care Institute offers pharmacy technician training that prepares you with the skills you need to become a reliable member of a pharmacy health care team. In less than a year, you could be out of our Pharmacy Technician training school and into a stable career you’ve always wanted.

One of the reasons for certification is that pharmacy techs have access to lots of medication. There has been a recent push to bring even more security measures to how medications are stored and safeguarded. Safeguarding medicine is becoming a key objective for many policy makers and pharmaceutical officials are looking for pharmacy techs that understand the importance of safeguarding medicine and keeping good records.

Initiatives all across the nation are aiming to keep a tighter leash on prescription medicine, which is increasingly being misused. In one part of the country a city is even getting behind the effort. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and local pharmacist Lonny Wilson are forming a partnership with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to launch a public service campaign to educate families about the importance of safe storage and disposal of prescription medications. Some facts released by the NCPA to draw attention to the effort include:

·Every day, more than 2,500 teenagers abuse prescription medication for the first time.1

·More than half of teens obtain medications from friends and family.

·12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined.

“Many young people mistakenly think that it is safer to misuse prescription medications than illegal street drugs,” a NCPA release said. “There is less social stigma attached to misusing medications so it seems more acceptable to teens. Through this campaign, we want to educate the public about the steps they can take to help keep prescription medications out of the wrong hands.”

The campaign is part of a national awareness initiative called Safeguard My Meds supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Community Pharmacists Association and pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma L.P., to reduce the abuse of prescription drug abuse.

The increase in prescription drug abuse is leading to increased regulations on the pharmaceutical industry and many pharmacies are and hospitals are looking to hire professionally trained pharmacy techs that they know come in with a better understanding on medicine storage and understand the importance of keeping good records.

The Health Care Institute’s Pharmacy Tech training program prepares students with the skills they need to become a reliable member of a pharmacy health care team. In addition to providing valuable technical and clerical support to pharmacists, a pharmacy technician mixes, re-packages, labels and delivers drugs to patients. Students may also maintain computer files dealing with patients and their medications. In less than a year, students could be out of our pharmacy technician training school and into a stable career.


The manufacturing of prescription drugs is also increasing as America’s population ages and advancements in medicine continue. This is making pharmacy techs one of the fastest growing career fields in the nation but those companies and healthcare facilities that are hiring are looking for those that have completed a professional training program like the one at the Health Care Institute.

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