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Pharmacy Technology Program
Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists by providing patients with medication and healthcare products. They have strong customer services skills and are able to multi-task in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
If the following qualities describe you, Pharmacy Technology might be a good program choice:
- Alert, observant and detail oriented
- Reliable, responsible and organized
- Willing and able to take direction
- Customer-service focused
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Pharmacy Technology: What's the job outlook?
Pharmacy Technicians play a very critical role in pharmacies and healthcare organizations by handling prescriptions and medication orders and by providing assistance to licensed pharmacists. Retailers are expected to expand their pharmaceutical services and the workload will increase for pharmacists. This increased workload will spur growth and the demand for Pharmacy Technicians. In fact, employment for Pharmacy Technicians is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018.*
What will I do with my education?
Graduates of Heald's Pharmacy Technology program pursue rewarding careers in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, retail pharmacies (which include drugstore chains, grocery stores, department stores, mass retailers, mail-order and web-based pharmacies) pharmaceutical companies and wholesalers, and the federal government.
Pharmacy Technology Job Duties
Your job responsibilities will vary depending on the type of company and the state rules and regulations of your organization's location. You can help licensed pharmacists prepare prescribed medications for patients. You may also establish and maintain patient record files, prepare insurance claim forms, and manage prescription and over-the-counter medication inventories. Additional responsibilities may include reading patients' charts and preparing the appropriate medications. In some occasions, you will work closely with pharmacy aides, performing administrative duties. A Heald degree will provide you with hands-on training in laboratory and real-world settings to get you prepared for a career in Pharmacy Technology.
You'll get more than career training at Heald. You'll gain professional polish so you can be an asset your first day on the job. If you're interested in this program, you can pursue the following future educational options:
- Associate in Applied Science degree in Pharmacy Technology
- Click here for the California Board of Pharmacy
The above serves as a general overview for this program. For details, please refer to our academic catalog.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.