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Pharmacy Technician

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Pharmacy Technicians are skilled professionals trained to perform clerical duties and tasks related to preparing and dispensing of pharmaceutical drugs.

As the demand for prescription medicines from an aging population grows and the rates of certain chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity continues to increase among all age groups, the need for trained and licensed Pharmacy Technicians is growing at an increasing pace.

The Pharmacy Technician program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working in a pharmacy, hospital, pharmaceutical lab and other healthcare facilities.

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Pharmacy Technician Course Activities

As a Pharmacy Technician, your job tasks and responsibilities may include: receiving incoming prescriptions, transcribing physician’s orders, calculating doses, using drug distribution systems, preparing IVs, packaging medications, filling patient cassettes, labeling prescriptions, and interfacing with patients. Best of all, your career skills will travel with you wherever you go.

Pharmacy Technicians typically perform the following tasks:

  • Collecting information to fill prescriptions from customers or health professionals
  • Measuring amounts of medication for prescriptions
  • Sterile and non-sterile drug compounding
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Organizing inventory and alerting pharmacists to shortages of medications or supplies
  • Accepting payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Recording customer or patient prescription information
  • Answering customer phone calls
  • Arranging for customers to speak with pharmacists to answer questions about medications or other health matters

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