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Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication. They work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. If a customer’s question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist.
Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.
Pharmacy technicians typically do the following: • Count and measure amounts of medication for prescriptions • Compound or mix medications, such as preparing ointments • Package and label prescriptions • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims • Help with office work, such as answering phone calls from customers. Students will learn how to assist the pharmacist in a simulated retail or hospital setting. Training will include:
- inventory, ordering, labeling, storing, distributing medicines
- working with the patient records
- billing information
- gathering information for the pharmacist
- distribution of printed information to the patient
This program is made up of two parts. Part 1 is in Class and Lab Training (400 hours). Part two is Pharmacy Technician Externship Training (200 hours).
Students who successfully complete this training must have a high school diploma or GED to qualify to take the national exam. After passing the national exam, students may apply to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician in the State of Utah. Students must complete the license application process with the State of Utah within two years (24 months) of the program start date.
The state of Utah requires a 200 hour externship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Licensure. This part of the program allows the student to go to an on-site pharmacy setting, where they observe and assist in the daily tasks with the pharmacist in a retail or hospital pharmacy. Students will be responsible to arrange their own externship site in coordination with the program instructor. Adult students must complete and pass a background check and drug screen before beginning the externship.
Our Pharmacy Technician Program partners with PioneerRx, the top pharmacy management system in the industry. PioneerRx enhances our curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that simulates the functions and workflow of today’s most innovative pharmacies. For more information, visit PioneerRx.
- MTECH Pharmacy Technician Program Certificate.
- Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) Utah State Pharmacy Technician Licensure (not required for completion)
- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Pharmacy Technician Certification, or National Healthcareer Association (ExCPT) National Pharmacy Technician Certification
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