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How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

You’re excited about the idea of helping pharmacists fill prescriptions, weighing and mixing medications. You enjoy customer service, and you’re good at keeping records. You’ll be the one processing and troubleshooting insurance claims and working with pharmacists to ensure customers have the medications they need. Now, it’s time to get started—use this guide to find out how to become a pharmacy technician:

Step 1: Get Educated

First, you must complete your high school education. Beyond that, most enroll in a pharmacy technician school at an accredited college (Genesis offers a pharmacy technician school in Nashville and Cookeville, Tennessee, that lasts 9 months). There are some retail drug stores that have their own in-house training programs, but most people go to a vocational or career college.

pharmacy-technician-counting-pillsStep 2: Get Experience

The best way to successfully transition into a career as a pharmacy technician is by getting experience—many states even require it. A lot of schools offer externships and other training programs as part of the pharmacy technician school experience. Want to know more about Genesis’ partnership with local Nashville pharmacies, which gives our students in-depth, real-world experience? Talk to one of our program counselors at (800) 639-7284.

Step 3: Get Licensed

After you finish your training at a pharmacy technician school, you must pass a certifying exam. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB for short) offers an exam that costs $129. To learn more about how to take the test and apply for your license, visit the PTCB website.

Step 4: Keep Learning

In order to keep your license as a pharmacy technician, you have to get re-certified every two years. That means taking at least 20 hours of continuing education every two years, but you can choose which subjects you want to study.

It takes a lot of work to become a pharmacy technician, but with that work comes a high level of responsibility and a career with good earning potential.

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