Our Pharmacy Technician training program will prepare you to work in a retail pharmacy and help you pass a national certification exam. We combine 182 hours of classroom instruction with a 120-hour pharmacy externship to give you on-the-job experience (Externship hours vary by state). Over the course of seven months you will gain exposure to the preparation of medications, maintaining client records, assisting with inventory control, purchasing, collecting payments, coordinating billing, and much more.
Payment Plans & Scholarships are widely available.
Schedule / Duration
Finish in 7 months with day or evening schedules available
Get real world experience with Pharmacy Technician externships
Make an average of $14.43 per hour as a Pharmacy Technician
Over 150 classroom locations nationwide
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Fees: Fees vary by partner. Check Class Schedules to find a program near you.
Financing: Financial Assistance is offered to many people that apply. Our options may include:
Sallie Mae Loans
5 to 12 month Payment Plans
Debit/Credit Card Enrollment
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Schedule / Duration
Our Pharmacy Technician program offers convenient day, evening and weekend schedules.
Over the course of seven months, we combine 182 hours of classroom instruction with a 120-hour pharmacy externship to provide you with on-the-job experience (May vary by state).
We know how important on-the-job training can be. That is why we guarantee externship placement for all students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the student handbook. This practical experience has allowed many of our students to receive job offers immediately upon graduation. Externships are offered at a pharmacy near our classrooms. Externship hours vary by state.
Role of a Pharmacy Technician:
Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists in distributing prescription medication.
Take the information needed to fill a prescription
Count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions
Mix medications, such as preparing ointments
Package and label prescriptions
Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
Do routine pharmacy tasks, such as answering phone calls from customers
Pharmacy Technicians also arrange for the pharmacist and customer to speak if a customer's question is about the medication or health matters.
Pharmacy technicians work in all types of pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals. Some pharmacy technicians work part time, but most work full time.
Pharmacies may be open at all hours. Pharmacy technicians may have to work nights or weekends.
How to Become a Pharmacy Technician
Typically, becoming a pharmacy technician requires attaining a high school diploma, or the equivalent.
Education and Training
Many pharmacy technicians learn how to perform their duties through on-the-job training. Others attend postsecondary education programs in pharmacy technology at vocational schools or community colleges.
Licenses and Certification:
High school diploma or GED
Criminal background check
Formal training program
Some states and employers require pharmacy technicians to have a certification. Having a certification may make it easier to find a job. Many employers will pay for their pharmacy technicians to take the certification exam.
In 2011, the average wage of pharmacy technicians was $30,020, annually. The average hourly wage was $14.43/ hour. This varies by employer, location, and experience.
This occupation is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Job prospects should be excellent for pharmacy technicians, particularly those with formal training and those with experience in retail settings.
Boston Reed is proud to partner with hundreds of schools across the United States. If you aren't able to find a location for this program please let us know. We are constantly adding more locations and hope to help you online or in the classroom.
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You sure could.
Find out how. Attend a free Boston Reed Information Session and discover what it?s like and what it takes to get a job in healthcare. Learn about the different types of positions and the possible career paths you can take. Find out how Boston Reed can help get you there through our programs and externships.