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Pharmacy Technologist

Pharmacy technologists work with pharmacists to help prepare and distribute medicines to patients. They may screen prescription orders for accuracy and completeness; prepare prescriptions; perform calculations; perform medication reconciliation; assist in the management of investigational drug studies, and use technology to help maintain accurate patient records, prepare and package medications, and place orders.

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  • You must attain a high school diploma or a GED and graduate from an accredited pharmacy technician training program

  • 3 months - One year

  • Although not all states require pharmacy technicians to be certified, many employers prefer it. There are two main national certification bodies for this profession: the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the National Health Career Association (NHA). Both types of certifications require the candidate to have a high school diploma and successfully pass an exam. In addition to becoming a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), some candidates choose to further enhance their credentials with other certifications in areas such as sterile products (IV); chemotherapy; or nuclear pharmacy tech (NPT).

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing facilities

  • Community pharmacies


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