Pharmacy Technician


As a pharmacy technician, you play an essential role in improving the quality of people's lives. Partner with pharmacists to process and fill prescriptions, manage pharmaceutical inventory accurately, and process insurance claims.

Career Outlook


You don't have to pursue a career by yourself. Let us help with our one-on-one professional coaching and guidance. We help you connect with entry-level jobs in pharmacy fields such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Internet Mail Order/Closed Door Pharmacies
  • Medical Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical Wholesalers
  • Retail Pharmacies

Salary

2015 annual salary for jobs in this occupation*

Median: $30,920
Lowest 10%: $21,370 or less

Job Growth

2014-24 projected growth*

+9%
34,700 New Jobs

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacytechnicians.htm (visited April 13, 2017).

Pharmacy Technician Program Information

Our Pharmacy Technician training program is designed to prepare you for quick workplace entry with the professional skills needed to advance in your pharmaceutical career. This 8 month program prepares you for industry certification so you have the professional credentials and confidence to succeed in your new career. This program is nationally accredited by the ACCSC and built to the guidelines of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Certification Preparation Included

Classes at Altierus also prepare you to pass professional certification exams, which can help improve your employability and your earnings potential. These industry-recognized credentials can help you stand out in your job search and lead to career advancement later in your career. Preparation and testing are included in the program at no extra cost for the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) certification exam.

Skills To Build Your Career

Our Pharmacy Technician program is designed to help you build a strong foundation for success. Learn how to perform critical career duties such as:

  • Analyze, process and prepare prescriptions
  • Manage pharmaceutical inventory accurately
  • Apply problem-solving techniques and critical thinking skills
  • Employ effective communication skills to provide patient care
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues related to pharmacy

Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Jobs Include:

  • Hospitals
  • Internet Mail Order/Closed Door Pharmacies
  • Medical Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical Wholesalers
  • Retail Pharmacies

Ready to start a career in 8 months

  • Hands-On Training
  • Certificate Preparation
  • Career Guidance

Pharmacy Technician Classes

Introduction to Healthcare

Learn basic medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, infection control, and gain an understanding of medical/ethical issues in today's medical environment.

History and Ethics of Pharmacy

Discover the history and roles of pharmacy professionals, as well as the impact of changing laws on those roles. Covers best practices for quality service, teamwork, and professionalism.

Pharmacology

Gain understanding of anatomy and physiology as it relates to disease medication and treatment of specific systems and conditions.

Pharmacy Law and Administration

Learn about a Pharmacy Technician's responsibility when filling prescriptions. Covers legal and ethical issues, preparation and utilization of patient profiles, handling medications, storage and delivery of drug products, and more.

Pharmacy Operations in Retail and Hospital Settings

Gain understanding of administrative aspects and hands-on applications of working in a pharmacy, including medication administration, safety, quality assurance, the pharmacy formulary system, and more.

Medical Calculations and Non-Sterile Compounding

Learn basic medical calculations and non-sterile compounding (or preparing personalized medications). Topics include conversions and calculations, drug dosages, and working with compounds and admixtures.

Medical Calculations and Sterile Compounding

Gain understanding of medical calculations and sterile compounding (or preparing personalized medications). Covers conversions and calculations, drug dosages, and working with compounds and admixtures, plus infection control, error mitigation, and quality assurance practices.

Clinical Externship

Provides supervised, practical, hands-on and observational experiences in a working pharmacy. Students gain real-life experience and training, with the opportunity to practice skills in all aspects of medication preparation and distribution.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy Technicians typically assist the Pharmacist with preparing prescription medications, providing patient service and performing various administrative duties required in a pharmacy environment.

What can I learn in this Pharmacy Technician program?

A benefit of attending Altierus is that you study under instructors who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom each day. Training to prepare you to become a Pharmacy Technician includes fundamentals in medicine, chemistry, mathematics and nutrition as they relate to preparation, uses and effects of drugs.

Can Altierus help me find employment?

Your experience includes preparation for life after graduation. Receive opportunities for internships, mentorships, job shadowing with our industry partners, as well as resume advising and interview preparation from our Career Service representatives.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes, financial aid is available for those who qualify. Learn more about our financial aid options by contacting an Altierus Student Finance Planner today. Scholarships and grants may also available to help cover the cost of tuition.

When I finish the Pharmacy Technician program, what qualifications will I possess?

Your training offers hands-on experience, where you can practice medication processing and handling, sterile and non-sterile compounding, inventory management and procurement, patient and medication safety, technological applications, and regulatory and quality assurance in delivering the highest quality health care.

Is certification necessary to practice the profession?

While certification may not be required to practice the profession, certification gives you a competitive edge among other job applicants. We aim to provide students with the tools they need to reach their full potential which is why we include certification exam preparation and fees at no additional cost to you.

What is the employment outlook for Pharmacy Technicians?

Due to longer life expectancies and advances in pharmaceutical research, demand for Pharmacy Technicians is projected to grow. According to information gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians may increase 9 percent through 2024.

Welcome to Altierus


Altierus is part of Zenith Education Group, a non-profit career education system with 24 campuses nationwide. As a non-profit, we reinvest in the student experience. Since 2015, we've invested millions of dollars in grants, scholarships, and facility enhancements.

Benefits include:

* Employment is not guaranteed. Your own hard work, professionalism, attitude, and other factors impact your employment opportunities and pay.
**Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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