How Long Does it Take to Become a Pharmacy Technician?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Pharmacy Technician?

If you’re interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, the most obvious question you’re asking, is probably, “How long does it take to become a pharmacist tech?”

The time it takes to become a pharmacy technician depends on the length of the Pharmacy Technician training program you enroll in. At SCI in Texas, you can become a pharmacy tech in as little as 9 months.

If you have been thinking about a profession in the medical field that does not need years upon years of education, a career as a pharmacy technician might be for you. Pharmacy technicians, also known as CPHTs work alongside and under the direction of a licensed pharmacist.

Their job duties are varied: receiving and preparing prescriptions, dispensing medication, providing important medication information to customers, and more. You will find CPHTs in different settings, such as drug stores, grocery stores, hospitals, and other medical locations. You could say that they are indispensable.

So, how long does it take to become a pharmacy technician? It can vary based on a number of factors. However, there are some basic steps that every student should follow, which are listed below.  

Pharmacy Technician Higher Education

After you have completed your high school education or its equivalent, it is recommended that you enroll and complete a program to get certification in Texas.

How long does it take to become a pharmacy technician at this point? Through community colleges and vocational schools such as Southern Careers Institute, you can earn a certificate in a year or less, or you can opt for an associate degree which can take about two years.

Courses cover subjects such as pharmacology, anatomy, healthcare systems, ethics and law, medical terminology, and more.  

Complete On-the-job Training 

Technically, on-the-job training is the only requirement to become a pharmacy technician. It allows you to gain the clinical experience you need to understand and appreciate the work situation.

Many schools offer internships to their students as a component of their study program. These internships take place at approved medical facilities that have partnered with your school.

For those schools that do not offer clinical experience, you may obtain on-the-job training by finding drug stores or other locations that are willing to hire and train you, possibly after you have completed your pharmacy technician education.

Note that you need to be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) board before starting your training in a licensed Texas pharmacy.  

Get Your Pharmacy Technician Certificate

To work as a pharmacy technician, you must have an active registration with the TSBP. You can also become certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  Once you are registered with the TSBP, you do not need to maintain your PTCB certification.

However, your PTCB certification is recognized nationally in case you decide to move to another state. Note that you will need to renew your TSBP certification regularly.  

Specialized Training Programs

As a tech, you can also complete more specialized training to work as a community pharmacy technician, central pharmacy operations technician, or other similar roles within your organization.  

A Last Thought

How long does it take to become a pharmacy technician? The requirements needed for this career can change, so make sure you research your options thoroughly. Once you have completed your education requirements, training programs and on the job training, you can find pharmacy technician jobs in San Antonio and across the state of Texas.

This article was published on: 08/26/15 1:49 PM

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