How to Be a Good Pharmacy Technician

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How to Be a Good Pharmacy Technician

Postby shawntamis » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:10 am

Although most pharmacy technicians receive informal on-the-job training, employers surely favor those who have completed formal training and have been certificated. Formal pharmacy technician education programs require some classroom and laboratory work in a variety of areas, including medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy recordkeeping, pharmaceutical techniques, and pharmacy law and ethics. Technicians also are required to learn medication names, actions, uses, and doses. Many training programs include internships, in which students gain hands-on experience in actual pharmacies.

How to be a good pharmacy Technician? What kind of criteria do one need to be a good pharmacy technician?

1. Prospective pharmacy technicians gain their working experience as an aide in a community pharmacy or volunteering in a hospital before the actual employment. Applicants with mass experience managing medicine inventories, counting tablets, measuring dosages, and using computers as much as skillful in most of the clerical work is definitely an added bonus

2. To learn and grasp the knowledge of pharmacy technician's fast, a background in chemistry, English, Biology, Chemistry and Health education of any type may be beneficial.

3. Gain the certification and other qualifications. Both the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians, administer national certification examinations. To be eligible for either exam, candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, no felony convictions of any kind within 3-5 years of applying, and no drug or pharmacy related felony convictions history before. Employers, often pharmacists, know that individuals who pass the exam have a standardized body of knowledge and skills.

4. One should get recertified every 2 years with 20 hours of continuing education within the 2-year certification period and at least 1 hour must be in pharmacy law. Continuing education hours can be earned from several different sources, including colleges, pharmacy associations, and pharmacy technician training programs.

5. Strong customer service and teamwork skills are needed because pharmacy technicians interact with patients, coworkers, and health care professionals 98% of their time
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Re: How to Be a Good Pharmacy Technician

Postby Shelley Watson » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:21 am

In most cases pharmacy technician does not have a standard training requirements. But some States require a high school diploma or its equivalent course in order to become a pharmacy technician. Though many pharmacy technicians have informal training, employers favor only those who have completed formal training and certification.
Formal pharmacy technician education programs are available various organizations, including community colleges, vocational schools, hospitals and the military. These programs includes diploma, certification or associate’s degree qualifying the students as pharmacy technician.
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Re: How to Be a Good Pharmacy Technician

Postby pharmapre » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:07 pm

A pharmacy technician is a health care worker. This technician is a licensed pharmacist in a variety of duties such as labelling bottles of medicine to help patients, filling prescriptions, patient education on how to use drugs, etc.
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Re: How to Be a Good Pharmacy Technician

Postby richroberts972 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:14 am

i think that a pharmacy technician has to be very careful or else they wil mistake the bottles of medician and mix up the drug. haizz
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Re: How to Be a Good Pharmacy Technician

Postby jasonwatson11 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:23 am

Pharmacy technician training certificates can be obtained online too. So if you can't take a course during the day, you can study by night and get certified. It's that simple through CareerStep. It seems to be a growing career field at least as a stepping stone before getting other education in health-care.
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