Pharmacy technicians receive and fill prescriptions under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. The Carrington College Pharmacy Technology program provides both theory and practical training, which enables technicians, upon licensure1, to function as competent entry-level assistants to a licensed pharmacist.
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Interested in taking this program at a Carrington campus? View on-ground locations that offer the Medical Administrative Assistant program.
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1. Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.
*Certificate is awarded from the Phoenix North campus.
What Will I Learn
A Day In The Life
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the job outlook like for Pharmacy Technicians?
You want to find chemistry with a career you’ll love and, let’s face it, you’ll look pretty good in a lab coat. No one can guarantee you’ll get a job, but the growing need for pharmacy technicians means opportunities are out there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for pharmacy technicians will continue to grow. In fact, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 12% nationally between 2016 and 20264. And there are some reasons for this growth, including:
The population is aging, and older people tend to use more prescription medications than younger people.
Higher rates of chronic disease like diabetes among all age groups will lead to an increased demand for prescription medications.
Advances in pharmaceutical research means more prescription medications will be used to fight diseases5.
In a pharmacy, you’ll be responsible for receiving written prescriptions or refill requests and verifying all information is complete and accurate. You’ll answer telephones and respond to email requests and maintain proper inventory and storage for drugs.
Your work in a drug store pharmacy is very similar to what you would do in other pharmacies. You’ll assist customers by answering questions, locating items or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information. You’ll also price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
As a pharmacy technician working in a hospital setting, you’ll receive and store incoming supplies and check for outdated medications in current inventory. You’ll also deliver medications or pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations or to surgery.
In a mail-order pharmacy you won’t have that face-to-face interaction with customers that you would in a traditional pharmacy. You’ll order, label and count stock of medications, chemicals or supplies and enter inventory data into the computer.
Pharmacy technicians in grocery stores are responsible for receiving and storing incoming supplies. You’ll also price stock and mark items for sale. Plus, you’ll establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.
Retail store pharmacy technicians might prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records. You’ll also mix pharmaceutical preparations, according to written prescriptions, and operate cash registers to accept payment from customers7.
6. Individuals seeking to enter this career field may be subject to screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug/alcohol testing prior to externship, to attain occupational licensure/certification or employment, and throughout their careers.
Your Prescription for Success is at Carrington College.
In Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology program, you’ll receive a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience. When you complete the program, you should be prepared to put your skills to use as a pharmacy technician. Our program is built to give you the information and experience you need to be able to:8
Receive, prepare and dispense prescriptions
Verify prescription information
Maintain customer profiles and patient histories
Prepare for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) national certification exam9
8. Individuals seeking to enter this career field may be subject to screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug/alcohol testing prior to externship, to attain occupational licensure/certification or employment, and throughout their careers.
How Does Carrington College Support Me As A Student?
We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed, including:
From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid9.
Tutoring and Study Groups
For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.
Fixed Tuition Promise
How would you like to know what you’re going to pay, right from the beginning? We promise your tuition won’t change through the length of your program. It’s our commitment to you10.
Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork
Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.
After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.
9. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
10. Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.