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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Career Paths in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Healthcare occupations are considered to be some of the most desirable professions available given their vast benefits. To obtain one of these professions, such as a pharmacy technician, individuals must first complete the proper educational requirements and training. They can begin their quest by enrolling in the comprehensive Pharmacy Technician Program offered at Pennco Tech in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Designed to prepare individuals in their pursuit of a meaningful career, this trade school program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become pharmacy technicians. Learn more about our in-depth program, the reasons you should consider a pharmacy tech profession, and the different career paths you could follow after graduation.

Pharmacy Technician Program Offered at Pennco Tech

Offered at the Blackwood, NJ and Bristol, PA campuses, our Pharmacy Technician Program is a six-month course led by dedicated instructors. Our well-rounded curriculum features both classroom and laboratory sessions that cover a range of topics, including:

  • Proper identification of generic and brand name drugs
  • Accurate classification of different drugs
  • Basic knowledge of body systems (immunology, musculoskeletal, digestive, and respiratory systems)
  • Pharmacy law and best practices
  • Prescription entry process
  • Medical/pharmacy insurance

The pharmacy tech course also includes an externship with a local employer. This allows students the opportunity to gain real experience in a professional setting. Once the course and externship are complete, students will be fully prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

Reasons to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Completing a pharmacy tech program at a vocational school gives students access to multiple career benefits. The following are some unique advantages of becoming a pharmacy technician:

Strong Job Market

The need for qualified health professionals does not show signs of decreasing any time soon, especially in the case of certified pharmacy technicians. As the average population begins to increase in age, their need for prescription drugs also rises. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4% from 2020 to 2030. Additionally, researchers project an increase of about 31,700 jobs for pharmacy technicians every year through 2030.

Chance to Help Others

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a pharmacy technician and a driving force for many people who pursue the profession is the ability to provide vital services to those in need. The work you do will improve the health and quality of life of patients. As a pharmacy technician, you will assist the pharmacist by filling out medications for patients and aid them in managing their prescriptions to experience better relief from their symptoms.

Opportunity for Advancement

With the need for well-educated pharmacy technicians remaining constant, the quality of work you do will not go unnoticed. Pharmacy technicians can advance in their roles and take on new tasks — which may come with a raise in salary. With additional training, they may advance beyond traditional technician to one of the many specialty positions such as home infusion, clinical pharmacy, inventory, or medication management. they may advance beyond pharmacy technician to pharmacist with an additional six years of college.

Different Career Paths for Pharmacy Technicians

Another great advantage to becoming a pharmacy technician is the variety of work environments available to you. After completing the Pharmacy Technician Program and earning your certification, you will be able to select from multiple sectors. Some types of pharmacies you may consider are:

Retail Pharmacy

The most common career path for a pharmacy technician is a retail setting. In this fast-paced environment, you will work closely with customers, answering phone calls and checking the status of patients’ prescriptions.

Hospital Pharmacy

Patients in a hospital often need medication at a moment’s notice. To accommodate, many hospitals have pharmacy technicians on staff. To ensure the health and safety of the patients, hospital pharmacy technicians must be quick and accurate.

Closed-Door Pharmacy

Closed-door pharmacies are not open to the public but instead serve special groups. Technicians at these pharmacies prepare medication for delivery to home health clients, specialty clinics, and assisted living or long-term care facilities.  These technicians may also be employed at mail order pharmacy companies, online e-pharmacies or pill pack pharmacies.

Compound Pharmacy

Compound pharmacies create custom formulas of medications to respond to specific patient needs that commercially-available products are unable to meet. Pharmacy technicians in compound settings may use more science and mathematics skill to prepare medication scripts than those in other facilities.

Begin Your Quest to a Rewarding Career

Those in the Tri-State area and Pennsylvania who wish to pursue a meaningful career as a pharmacy technician can begin by enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Program at Pennco Tech in Blackwood, NJ, or Bristol, PA. Once enrolled, students will acquire the required skills and knowledge to pursue the career path of their choice. To learn more about this trade school program and how it empowers you to achieve your goals, contact us today at Pennco Tech.

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