Pharmacy Technician

The many miracles of medication

This program is offered through North-West College.

Pharmacy Technicians are trained professionals equipped to take on a number of clerical tasks and responsibilities related to readying and dispensing pharmaceutical drugs.

An growing aging population means a greater demand for prescription medicines. Couple that with the rising rate of chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity among all age groups and you have a growing need for trained and licensed Pharmacy Technicians as well.

Become a Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician program at North-West College offers the education and training necessary to start a career working in a pharmacy, hospital, pharmaceutical lab, and other healthcare facilities. North-West College has campuses throughout Southern California, including Anaheim, Bakersfield, Glendale, Long Beach, Pomona, Riverside, San Diego, Van Nuys and West Covina.

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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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