Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists with the daily duties in a pharmacy. Common duties for pharmacy techs include filling prescriptions, speaking with customers, tracking inventory and communicating with insurance companies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor pharmacy technician jobs are expected to grow by 25 percent by 2018. Missouri requires all pharmacy technicians to register with the state and pass a pharmacy technician examination.
To work as a pharmacy technician in the state of Missouri all applicants must have at least a high school diploma or GED. Missouri does not require a formal education for pharmacy technicians; however, the U.S. Department of Labor states that completing a pharmacy technician training program may increase your chances of finding employment. The National Pharmacy Technician Training Program offered by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) provides students with all the information needed to be a pharmacy technician. This training program can be performed at home and prepares students for the optional ExCPT examination. Community colleges, vocational schools and trade schools throughout Missouri also offer pharmacy technician training programs.
All pharmacy technicians must register with the Missouri Board of Pharmacy before securing employment within a pharmacy. To register with the state of Missouri, applicants must fill out the Pharmacy Technician Registration Application and include the $35.00 application fee (as of 2010). Applicants must also include a 2-by-2-inch photograph of the applicant's head and shoulders. If employed at the time of application, include the pharmacist-in-charge's name, pharmacy location and name as well as the pharmacist's license number. Notarize the application before sending it to:
Missouri Board of Pharmacy
P.O. Box 625
Jefferson City, MO 66102
Once received, the application may take up to 90 days before being processed and approved. During the processing time, applicants must keep a copy of this application at the pharmacy where employed until an official certificate has been sent.
Criminal Background Check
A fingerprint criminal background check must be included with the Pharmacy Technician Registration Application. Applicants must contact L-1 Enrollment Services by calling 866-522-7067 to request a fingerprinting appointment. Upon calling give the agent the following code: ORI-Agency #MO920120Z to insure fingerprint results are delivered to the Missouri Board of Pharmacy. As of 2010, the fingerprinting fee is $52.20, which is paid directly to L-1 Enrollment Services. Include the receipt of this purchase with the registration application.
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