Pharmacy technician training programs: Question about registration?
I am a certified pharmacy technician in Florida. Last month I applied for registration. They require proof of completing a board-approved pharmacy technician training program. What is that program?
PharmTechPros Response: Frozenforever, if you completed a training program already, you can check to see if it is on their list of approved programs by using the following information.
Florida's board-approved pharmacy technician training programs include the following:
- Pharmacy technician training programs accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which include the following schools in Florida: Everest, H.W. Brewster Technical Center, Keiser Career College, McFatter Vocational Technical Center, Orange County Schools, Pinallas Technical Education Center, Sanford Brown, and Technical Education Center Osceola. There are many other ASHP-approved programs throughout the country, and you can find that listing here.
- Training programs accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (those can be found here).
- Training programs approved by the FL Commission for Independent Education (find those here)
- Any program provided by a branch of the armed services and for which you possess a certificate of completion
- Programs accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (find those here)
- All programs that have been board-approved (find those here
All these Florida Board of Pharmacy-approved pharmacy technician training programs meet certain standards, which provides you (the student) and your employer with assurance that it is a high-quality program.
For example, the Board's content/curriculum requirements include topics such as pharmacy laws and ethics, medication safety and error prevention, handling controlled substances, communication, and calculations.
The board also has minimum standards of faculty qualifications and policies/procedures for the program.
Frozenforever, if you didn't complete a training program yet, then we recommend searching through the resources listed above to find a program that can provide you with this training as quickly as possible. Some training programs are faster than others, which usually correlates to cost (the shorter the program, the cheaper the program).
Another advantage to going through a training program is that many of them offer externships and/or job placement assistance. This, of course, is your end goal. So be sure you find out about the program's job assistance before you decide on which program you'll spend your hard-earned money on. Ask to talk to other graduates, to find out exactly how good their job placement is. Don't just believe the program's marketing hype...find out from actual students.
So, before you even begin a pharmacy technician training program, you must do your homework!The Pros at www.PharmTechPros.com