Pharmacy technicians work closely with registered pharmacists. They fill prescriptions, enter data into computer systems, assist customers and maintain records. The majority of companies do not require formal training for pharmacy technicians; however, they do typically require a high school diploma or GED. Generally, on-the-job training for pharmacy technicians lasts from three to 12 months.
Walgreens offers an accredited technician training program to new hires in the pharmacy department. Accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the hands on training program is a paid opportunity to learn while working. Walgreens also offers advancement opportunities through their central operations and community pharmacy locations.
While not an official, accredited training program, CVS hires people ages 18 and over for the position of pharmacy technician. CVS pharmacy technicians are responsible for operations, such as collecting, filling and filing patient prescriptions, running the cash register and providing excellent customer service. Certain states offer technician certificates to individuals working as a pharmacy technician without formal training.
Similar to CVS, Rite Aid offers paid, on-the-job training to individuals hired for technician positions. While not a formal, accredited training program, technicians may become certified by passing a national pharmacy technician exam endorsed by the National Healthcare Association. Rite Aid pharmacy technicians are responsible creating prescription labels, counting and measuring medication, accepting refill authorizations and maintaining the pharmacy area.
Retail giants, such as Wal-Mart and Target, have superstore locations that sell groceries and household items as well as provide services, such as prescription medication and eye care. They hire individuals to work as pharmacy technicians while providing on-the-job training. Typically, individuals earn less when first hired on and then receive a pay increase after receiving certification through a national exam.
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