Want to become a pharmacy tech? Here are the 5 easy steps you need to follow to make it happen.
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So, you want to become a pharmacy tech? GTI can help you get there in just five easy steps!
Step One: Complete a pharmacy technician Training Program
The first step to becoming a pharmacy tech is to complete a pharmacy technician training program. GTI offers an accredited, online training program that can be completed in as little as four months. We also offer a hybrid program that combines online and on-campus learning, which may be a good option if you prefer a more traditional learning environment.
Step Two: Obtain Certification
Once you have completed your training, the next step is to obtain certification. Certification is not required in all states, but it will give you an edge when applying for jobs and may lead to higher wages. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers the nationally recognized Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) designation. To earn your CPhT, you will need to pass the PTCB exam. GTI’s pharmacy technician program includes certification prep to help you prepare for the exam.
Step Three: Register with Your State Board of Pharmacy
In most states, you will need to register with the state board of pharmacy as a pharmacy technician before you can begin working. Registration requirements vary by state, but they generally include completing an application and passing a background check. Once you are registered, you will receive a registration card that must be renewed every one to two years.
Step Four: Find a Job
Now it’s time to start your job search! You can search for open positions on GTI’s website or on job sites like Indeed or Monster. When applying for jobs, be sure to highlight yourGTItraining and certification on your resume and cover letter. You may also want to consider working in a specialty area like long-term care or compounding pharmacies.
Step Five: Stay Up-to-Date on Continuing Education Requirements
Most states require pharmacy technicians to complete continuing education (CE) every year or two in order to maintain their registration. CE can be obtained through online courses, conferences, or webinars – many of which are offered by GTI. Renewing your registration is important because it shows employers that you are committed to keeping your skills up-to-date and meeting the changing needs of the pharmacy field.
Following these five steps will help put you on the path towards becoming a certified pharmacy technician – Good luck!
Step One: Research
The first step to becoming a pharmacy tech is to research the field. You need to know what pharmacy techs do on a day-to-day basis, what the educational requirements are, and what the job outlook is like. Once you have a good understanding of the pharmacy technician profession, you can move on to the next step.
Step Two: Complete an accredited Pharmacy Technician Program
The next step to become a pharmacy tech is to complete an accredited Pharmacy Technician Program. There are many programs available, both online and offline. It is important that you choose an accredited program, as this will ensure that you receive the best education possible and that your credentials will be recognized by employers.
Step Three: Pass the pharmacy technician certification exam (PTCE)
After you have completed your accredited Pharmacy Technician Program, you will need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). This exam is administered by the National Healthcare Association (NHA) and is required in order to become a certified pharmacy technician.
Step Four: Register with Your State Board of Pharmacy
Once you have passed the PTCE, you will need to register with your state board of pharmacy. Each state has different requirements for registration, so it is important that you check with your state board of pharmacy in order to find out what those requirements are. Once you have registered with your state board of pharmacy, you will be able to practice as a certified pharmacy technician.
Step Five: Stay Up-To-Date on Continuing Education Requirements
In order to maintain your certification, you will need to complete continuing education requirements every two years. These requirements vary from state to state, so it is important that you check with your state board of pharmacy in order to find out what those requirements are. Continuing education can be completed through online courses, conferences, or other events approved by your state board of pharmacy.
Step Two: Find a Program
The next step is to find a pharmacy technician program that suits your needs. There are a few things to consider when making your decision:
-Do you want to attend a live or online class?
-Do you want to study at night or during the day?
-How long do you want the program to be?
There are many ways to become a pharmacy technician, but we recommend completing a training program as it will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in the role. Once you’ve decided on a program, enroll and get started on your new career today!
Step Three: Get Certified
The National Healthcare Association (NHA) offers the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPT) credential. To be eligible for this credential, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete an accredited pharmacy technician training program, and pass a national certification exam. The CPT credential is valid for two years and can be renewed by completing 20 hours of continuing education and passing a recertification exam.
Step Four: Start Applying for Jobs
Once you have completed your training and certification, you are ready to start looking for a job as a pharmacy technician. Many technicians get their start by working in retail pharmacies, but there are also opportunities in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and other settings.
The best way to find open positions is to search online job boards or contact local pharmacies directly. You can also check with your state’s Board of Pharmacy to see if there are any open positions listed with them.
When you find a position that interests you, be sure to read the job description carefully so that you understand the requirements and duties of the role. If you meet the qualifications, go ahead and submit your resume and cover letter.
Once your application is received, the pharmacy will likely contact you to schedule an interview. This is your chance to show off your knowledge and skills and demonstrate why you would be the best candidate for the job.
If you are offered the position, congratulations! You have officially started your new career as a pharmacy technician.
Step Five: Continuing Education
1. Get registered with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
2. Pass the PTCB exam.
3. Find a pharmacy tech job
4. Keep up with continuing education requirements.
5. Renew your certification every two years and take the recertification exam as needed.