According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for pharmacy technicians are “expected to be good, especially for those with previous experience, formal training or certification.”
Enroll in a pharmacy tech program. Provide your high school diploma or it’s equivalent and your transcripts to the school of your choice. Decide whether you wish to pursue your degree part-time or full-time. Pharmacy tech programs can take from 6 months to 2 years to complete part-time or full-time. This includes both classroom and laboratory work. Courses include: pharmaceutical techniques, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy record keeping and pharmaceutical terminology.
Acquire work experience during and after college as a pharmacy assistant. You can coordinate potential jobs with your college or through Boulder job listings. Pharmacy assistants usually stock shelves, answer phones and work in the reception area providing customer service. Job prospects can be better for pharmacy technicians with work experience.
Obtain certification. Register with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) to take a national examination. Certification is not required for employment in Boulder, but, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Certified technicians may earn more than non-certified technicians.” As of 2010, the cost for the ICPT exam is $105 and the cost for the PTCB exam is $129. Certification testing includes: The role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, refills, partial refills, filing, prescription transfers and regulatory laws and codes of ethics in the practice. Re-certification is required every two years with the completion of 20 hours of continuing education. Continuing education can be completed on-the-job or at local community colleges and pharmacy programs.