Pharmacy technicians run pharmacies effectively and efficiently, giving pharmacists the freedom to counsel patients and attend to complex tasks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent between 2014 and 2024. Anyone with a passion for caring for others can prepare for this important role in health care without spending a great deal of time in school. The aging population and advances in medicine mean more jobs will be available for professionally certified pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technician training typically lasts 6 to 10 months in Reno, NV to prepare graduates for registration with the Nevada Board of Pharmacy. Upon completion of the program, pharmacy technicians are able to dispense medications and other healthcare products, attend to customer concerns, update patient records, perform billing and administrative tasks, and manage inventory.
Truckee Meadows Community College
The pharmacy technician program at Truckee Meadows Community College is offered as a part of the Workforce Development and Community Education program. It is recommended that applicants have a high school diploma, an eighth –grade reading and math level, good test taking skills, and effective communication. Classes meet for 15 sessions covering a period of approximately 6 weeks. Class times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Course topics include but are not limited to dosage calculations, the role of the pharmacy technician, laws and ethics governing practice, sterile compounding, aseptic techniques, dispensing medications, and the names of brand names and generic drugs. Tuition for the program is $1,199 and includes the cost of the textbook.
- Website: http://www.tmcc.edu/wdce/programs/accelerated-career-training/
- Address: 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Reno, NV 89512
- Phone: 775-673-7111
Career College of Northern Nevada
The Career College of Northern Nevada equips students with the hands-on training to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates will receive a diploma that will validate their competency to excel in the field. Students learn how to measure, count and calculate medication dosages, process refill request, receive and generate prescription labels, verify patient information, compound hospital medications, and perform administrative duties. During the 62-week program, experienced instructors will cover allied health care calculations, retail pharmacy, compounding pharmacy calculations, admixture calculations, preparation of sterile compounding, fundamentals of pharmacy practice, customer service, anatomy and pharmacology, and preparation of non-sterile compounds. At the conclusion of 1,415 classroom and pharmacy practicum hours, students will earn 59.0 credit hours. Applicants to the ASHP accredited program must pay the application fee, provide proof of high school graduation or equivalency, submit a negative drug screen, complete a background check, and obtain a recommendation from a college official after attending a personal interview. Tuition for the program is $17,450. Books and lab fees cost an estimated $1,410.25.
- Website: http://www.ccnn.edu/programs/pharmacy-technician-college/
- Address: 1421 Pullman Dr., Sparks, NV 89434
- Phone: 775.856.2266
- Email: [email protected]
Admission to the pharmacy technician program at Milan Institute requires the applicant to be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or equivalency. The applicant must pass a background check and register as a pharmacy technician in training with the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy. The 900-hour program prepares students for employment in a variety of settings including mail-order, hospital, and retail pharmacies. The curriculum covers pharmacy operational procedures, keyboarding, weight and measurement systems, cash register operations, compounding, prescription processing, inventory control, pharmacology, pharmaceutical mathematics, and much more. The entire curriculum is divided into seven training modules –covered in any sequence. Students will commence the 300-hour pharmacy externship after completing the seven modules. Tuition for the 38-week program is $13,528. Books and supplies cost an additional $971.
- Website: http://milaninstitute.edu/campuses/milan-institute-campuses/reno-sparks-nevada-campus/
- Address: 950 Industrial Way, Reno-Sparks, Nevada 89431
- Phone: 1-888-207-9460
Job Corps Sierra Nevada
The pharmacy technician program at Job Corps Sierra Nevada prepares students for a career in the health care industry. Students develop skills in customer service, drug identification, pharmacy math, inventory management, payment and billing, and pharmacy administration. Applicants must have a high school diploma, good deductive reasoning, memorization, and mathematical competency. Sierra Nevada Job Corps offers residential housing, on-the-job training, job placement assistance, a living and clothing allowance, health and dental care, and child care for single parents. The pharmacy technician program is self-paced and free for selected applicants 17 to 24 years old.
- Website: http://sierranevada.jobcorps.gov/vocations.aspx#pharmacy
- Address: 14175 Mt. Charleston Street, Reno, NV 89506
- Phone: (775) 789-1000
- Fax: (775) 789-1098