Pharmacy Technician Training:
What should you look for?

Pharmacy technician training is the first step in launching a new career. There are a lot of things to consider when starting to look at an investment in your future.

But the NUMBER #1 thing is: Can you find a job?

The population, as a whole, is getting older.

It is only natural that as we age we will need more medical care, which will include pharmaceuticals.

As this need continues to grow, so will the need for qualified professionals to accurately and professionally distribute these drugs.

This is where you come in.

As a pharmacy technician, the right training is the way to get your career launched—but what should you look for in your training?

The Two Most Important Components in a Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Following are the two most important components that you should look for in a pharmacy tech training program:

#1: Career Placement Services. A training program must offer career placement services (sometimes called "externships"). Without this, you will be just someone with a degree certificate but no experience to offer a potential employer. Most employers of pharm techs want at least 1 year of experience. So that is why it's so important to find a school in your area that will offer this vital service.

#2: Accreditation.

Be sure that your training program is accredited by either the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which ensures that the training program meets minimum standards of pharmacy technician education, or (for distance learning programs) the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. We interviewed a pharmacy tech instructor about this very issue...view the video below to see the interview:

Other Considerations for Your Pharmacy Technician Training

The right training program will provide you with the skills to rise to the top of your profession and earn the pay that goes along with it. There are a ton of pharmacy tech training programs out there to serve your needs, but some consideration on your part will make the whole process of choosing a program a lot easier.

Something you should consider is in what type of setting you want to work. There are several potential employers that are always looking for trained pharmacy technicians—-these include, but are not limited to, hospitals, community pharmacies (independent stores and large corporation pharmacies), outpatient clinics, and pharmaceutical companies.

Potential employers might have different needs for their employees, so it's a good idea to do some research on what local employers are looking for. This could give you a leg up, but one thing you can count on is that good training using the tips provided here will get you hired.

Following are other pages on this site with more information about pharmacy tech training:

Learn about pharmacy technician schools here.

Learn about pharmacy tech courses, including the MOST difficult course, here.

A pharmacy tech provides more info about pharmacy technician training programs here.

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