Want to help assisting pharmacists in retail pharmacies, clinics or hospitals? As a graduate of All-State you’ll have the training needed to apply for positions as a pharmacy aide or pharmacy technician. The industry is expected to increase 32% over the next 10 years. Get started today at All-State.
Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.
Pharmacy aides work closely with Pharmacy Technicians. They are often clerks or cashiers who primarily answer telephones, handle money, stock shelves, and perform other clerical duties. Pharmacy Technicians usually perform more complex tasks than do pharmacy aides, although, in some states, their duties and job titles overlap.
Pharmacy Technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies have varying responsibilities, depending on state rules and regulations. Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests for prescription refills from patients. They also may receive prescriptions sent electronically from the doctor’s office. They must verify that the information on the prescription is complete and accurate. To prepare the prescription, technicians must retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication. Then, they prepare the prescription labels, select the type of prescription container, and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels to the container. Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to a patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities. They read patient charts and prepare and deliver the medicine to patients. The pharmacist must check the order before it is delivered to the patient. The technician then copies the information about the prescribed medication into the patient’s profile. Technicians also may assemble a 24-hour supply of medicine for every patient. They package and label each dose separately. The package is then placed in the medicine cabinet of each patient until the supervising pharmacist checks it for accuracy. It is then given to the patient.
Cost-conscious insurers, pharmacies, and health Systems will continue to emphasize the role of technicians. As a result, Pharmacy Technicians will assume responsibility for more routine tasks previously performed by pharmacists. Pharmacy Technicians also will need to learn and master new pharmacy technology as it surfaces. For example, robotic machines are used to dispense medicine into containers; technicians must oversee the machines, stock the bins, and label the containers. Thus, while automation is increasingly incorporated into the job, it will not necessarily reduce the need for technicians.
This skill and knowledge enhancement will enable the graduate, upon completion of required course work to further develop his or her career as a Pharmacy Technology through a 160 externship in a pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, assisted-living facility or other setting that employs Pharmacy Technicians.
Upon satisfactory completion of the training, students will be qualified to assume entry-level positions in hospitals, clinics, retail pharmacies, wholesale pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies as either a Pharmacy Aide or a Pharmacy Technician. The graduate will also be eligible for state and national registration.