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Pharmacy Technician

At a Glance

Income:

($43,960 - $50,030)


Cluster:

Therapeutic Services


Class of Occupation:

- Conventional



Description

Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists in drugstore or hospital environments by filling prescriptions. This can include retrieving, counting, pouring, weighing, measuring and sometimes mixing the prescription, before it gets labeled for the patient. After those steps, the licensed Pharmacists will review each prescription before it goes to the patient. In hospital or nursing home environments, the Pharmacy Technician may also be responsible for reading a patient’s chart to obtain the prescription order from the doctor, then after having it checked by the Pharmacist, document the medication on the patient’s records. Because pharmacies are sometimes open around the clock, this position might have both day and night shifts available. The number of Pharmacy Technicians in the workforce are expected to increase, as the aging population grows. Certification to become a Pharmacy Technician can be obtained in as little as one semester.



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Education Info


Campus(es):

- Skyline College


Time to Completion:

2 semester(s)


Type of Program:

Certificate


Educational Requirement

High School degree


Cost:

$46 per unit for 12.5 units



Learn how to get started.

Getting Started


Prerequisite course listing:

No prerequisites required.


Additional Information:

Please contact Raymond Hernandez at hernandezr@smccd.edu for further details.


Program Website:

http://skylinecollege.edu/pharmacytech/index.php