Are you organized and meticulous? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment?
Pharmacy technician training at Manhattan Institute is designed to prepare you for employment in this growing occupation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years due to medical advances and a large aging population. With your diploma in hand from our pharmacy technician schools, you will feel confident working in retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies or any pharmacy within a medical facility.
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Commonly Asked Questions
What is a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication, information, education and other healthcare products to patients. The pharmacy technician, after course completion from accredited pharmacy technician schools like Manhattan Institute, usually performs routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. A pharmacy technician is not a pharmacist, but works closely with and assists the pharmacist. After completing pharmacy technician training, expect to use computers, answer telephones, handle money, manage inventory and perform other clerical duties.
Pharmacy technicians must also be able to maintain accuracy even in stressful or emergency situations. Many duties require good manual dexterity, and pharmacy technicians should enjoy working with their hands. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also essential for anyone attending pharmacy technician schools, as you will interact with patients and health care professionals daily. Finally, all employers want dependable employees, but dependability is especially important for pharmacy technicians since the patients’ well-being is at stake.
What is the difference between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacy Technician?
The pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist. After completing pharmacy technician training, you do not need a license or certification to work in New York State. Pharmacy technicians must have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package and prepare medications. However, they do not need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist after attending pharmacy technician schools. Pharmacy technicians are employed everywhere pharmacists are, although state laws may limit the duties pharmacy technician can perform.
What will be expected of me as a Pharmacy Technician?
Although pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and must be willing to take direction, they must also be able to work independently. Pharmacy technicians must truly care about and find satisfaction in serving the patient. Due to the critical nature of many common pharmacy duties, the pharmacy technician must enjoy performing precise work, where details can be a matter of life or death. Even if a task is repetitive, a pharmacy technician must be able to complete the task accurately every time, as taught in pharmacy technician schools.
Does a pharmacy technician have different duties in a retail pharmacy than in a hospital?
Duties of Pharmacy Technicians Working in Retail Pharmacy
- Work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist
- Stock inventory, prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Count/inventory medications
- Pour medications into dispensing containers
- Type prescription labels
- Prepare insurance claim forms
- Work with computers, handle cash
Duties of Pharmacy Technicians Working in a Hospital
- Perform many of the same duties as in retail, as assigned by the pharmacist plus the following:
- Assemble supplies of medication for each patient
- Prepare sterile intravenous medications
- Maintain nursing station medications
- Collect quality improvement data
- Deliver medications to patients’ rooms
- Operate computerized dispensing machinery
Is there any reason I should not become a Pharmacy Technician?
Candidates enrolling in pharmacy technician schools should not have prior records of drug or substance abuse, as such individuals will have a difficult time securing employment.