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Pharmacy Technician

HEALTHCARE

Description

Under the direction of a pharmacist, a pharmacy technician will measure, mix, count out, label, and prepare medications. They also often interact with patients and answer their questions.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Pharmacy Technician are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Preparing medications under the direction of a pharmacist.
  • Measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
  • Establishing or maintaining patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
  • Receiving written prescriptions or refill requests and verifying that information is complete and accurate.
  • Maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs.

Career Options

Career Options

Most Pharmacy Technician Job Corps graduates go to work for pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores, and in hospitals.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Have a clean criminal record and background check, meaning you can’t have been convicted of a drug or pharmacy-related felony within the last 5 years.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Concern for others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self-control

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