If you have a knack for helping others, good customer service skills, and would love to work in health care, then working as a pharmacy technician may be a career for you. Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of pharmacists to dispense medications to patients in a community or hospital pharmacy. Pharmacy technician programs in Florida prepare students for this rewarding career in 11 to 18 months. Program graduates can take the National Pharmacy Technician certification exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board for national certification (CPhT), which is recognized by employers in most states. According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to rise by 9% by 2024, so it’s an exciting time to join the industry. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, grocery stores, retail pharmacies, and any other location where a licensed pharmacist dispenses medicines. Their duties include taking and recording patient information, record keeping, managing inventory, packaging and labeling medicines, operating the cash register, and calculating medications before filling dispensing containers
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida State College at Jacksonville hosts a limited access Pharmacy Technician Workforce Certificate program that prepares students for an in-demand career in the health-care industry. The 1,050-hour curriculum covers finance, management, planning, underlying principles of technology, community issues, labor issues, and health, safety, and environment issues in addition to the health care topics. Core topics include medical terminology, IV preparation, delivering medications, printing labels, pricing prescription drugs, metric system, receiving and handling of hazardous drugs, preparing purchase orders, patient record systems, computer applications, and employability skills. Admission to the program requires applicants, 17 years and older, to have a high school diploma or equivalent and submit a Vocational Application on file. All prospective students must take the TABE and attain the minimum scores – Reading (10.0), Math (11.0), and Language (10.0) – to be eligible for graduation from the pharmacy tech program. Before completing the program, students must take the PTCB’s National Pharmacy Technician certification exam. Graduates can then apply to the Florida State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) in Florida. In-state tuition costs $3,100 plus $900 for expenses.
- Website: http://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-human-services/pharmacy-technician-wc
- Address: 101 W State St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
- Phone: (904) 766-6585
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org