Pharmacy Technician

Health Careers

About the Career

Under the direction of registered pharmacists, professional technicians prepare medication in various forms for dispensing to patients. Entering and extracting accurate information from patient profiles and other data requires knowledge of medications, inventory, purchasing, equipment operation, and record keeping as it relates to pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians develop expertise in preparing medications for dispensing. Most pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies and hospitals, while a small number are employed by mail order and Internet pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers, home health organizations, educational institutions, and the federal government. Employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow due to the increased pharmaceutical needs of the aging population. With advances in science, more medications are becoming available to treat more conditions.


Academic Programs

Community Pharmacy Technician

The Community Pharmacy Technician Certificate provides pharmacy technician training with an application to community practice.

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Projected Job Growth

+11.7%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$31,150*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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