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Working at a private clinic as a Pharmacy Technician

Written by Ashworth College on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Posted in Career, Healthcare

Working at a Private Clinic as a Pharmacy Technician

The caring and professional work done by pharmacy technicians across the country is in high demand. Can you think of a time in your life when you or a loved one needed a certain medical prescription to healthfully and comfortably live everyday life? Pharmacy technicians can work in an assortment of environments, anywhere from hospitals to drug stores to private clinics. These technicians fill, label, and dispense prescriptions to patients in need of medication. Other responsibilities include managing inventories and client interfacing with diverse customers. For that reason, pharmacy technicians should enjoy helping to care for patients and heal a plethora of clients every single day. They should also be able to effectively communicate with co-technicians, stand on their feet for long periods of time, and be versed in medical terms and uses in case patients have questions. A pharmacy technician certification would help to educate future pharmacy technicians and prove to employers that they can handle the rigors of this important and healing job.

There are a few roads you can take to become a pharmacy technician. You could complete a post-secondary education program accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), with courses that cover the practical and technical training aspects of the job. If you don’t want to go the post-secondary education route, you could start by completing on-the-job training, depending on the state laws in which you wish to work. Most post-secondary education programs also allow time for on-the-job training. On-the-job training is important because it shows you what life would really be like as a pharmacy tech. Is this the job that you truly love? Is there one part of the job or location that you would change once you decide where you will work post-training?

The last step to consider is completing a pharmacy technician certification. Again, some states require this certification to practice as a pharmacy technician, but not all states hold this requirement. However, even if your state does not require a certification, some employers may require or prefer that their job employees hold one. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and The National Health Career Association (NHA) are the two current organizations that offer Pharmacy Technician Certifications.

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