Blended Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program
How to Become a Pharmacy Technician in Texas
Designed Program Length: 36 Weeks
Pharmacy technicians play important and respected roles in health care - learn how to become a pharmacy technician with CHCP's Blended Pharmacy Technician Certificate program! In less than one year, you'll be prepared to pursue a rewarding career assisting a licensed pharmacist, one of the most trusted professions in America (source: Gallup Honesty/Ethics in Professions poll, 2015).
Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of tasks in support of the pharmacist. This may involve receiving prescription requests and entering them into a computer data system to be filled, measuring and labeling prescription medications for verification by the pharmacist, and processing payment and insurance claim information. Pharmacy technicians may also be expected to engage in administrative tasks such as inventory tracking and management, and to serve as a point of contact between the pharmacist, patients, and other health care professionals.
What Jobs Can I get as a Pharmacy Technician?
Most pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015). Trained and registered pharmacy technicians have opportunities to work for a diverse range of health care providers, including retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics. Because pharmacies are often needed to dispense important medications regardless of hour or day, many pharmacies maintain late or even 24/7 hours, so there is a need for skilled pharmacy technicians at all hours of the day. Being a pharmacy technician can offer you flexibility in finding full-time employment opportunities even with a busy schedule.
Pharmacy technicians are employed under many different job titles. Here is a list of some (but not all) potential career paths for today's pharmacy tech in training:
Pharmacy Technician Career Paths
- Pharmacy Technician
- Community Pharmacy Technician
- Central Pharmacy Operations Technician
- Compounding Pharmacy Technician
- Pharmacy Patient Care Advisor
- Home Infusion Pharmacy Technician
- Pharmacy Picking Technician
Pharmacy Technician Requirements
CHCP's Blended Pharmacy Technician program offers a full career-focused education in the skills you'll need for professional success. Our 9 month program covers pharmacy technician-specific training in the following areas:
- Measure medications and ensure correct tablet count
- Package and label prescription
- Inventory management and tracking
- And more!
All students in the Blended Pharmacy Technician Certificate program are required to have successfully taken the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) prior to completing the program. This means that while obtaining your pharmacy technician certification is essential, it is only the first step in becoming a fully trained and market-ready pharmacy technician. After completing the program, graduates will be positioned to join the health care workforce as entry-level techs.
Are there career opportunities as a Pharmacy Technician?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook projects Pharmacy Technician employment to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 201 ).
Graduates of the Blended Pharmacy Technician Certificate program have access to CHCP's statewide job placement network, guided by 30 years of training and placing the health care professionals of tomorrow. We also help to prepare you for your career search with training in resume writing, interviewing, and more. Learn more about CHCP's career services here.
Financial Aid available for those who qualify. Fill out the Request Information form to the right, and get started today on making Pharmacy Technician the career of your life!
Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technician Careers
12% growth anticipated from 2016 to 2026
At CHCP, you will receive your pharmacy technician training in the form of lectures, labs and hands-on clinical work. Our pharmacy technician school prepares you for the challenging and rewarding career of a pharmacy technician. If you’re wondering how to become a pharmacy technician, look no further!