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Working As A Pharmacy Internship

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Processing Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $36,905

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacy Internship Do

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals.

Duties

Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:

  • Collect information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
  • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system
  • Answer phone calls from customers
  • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review prescriptions before they are given to patients. In most states, technicians can compound or mix some medications and call physicians for prescription refill authorizations. Technicians also may need to operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders.

Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

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How To Become A Pharmacy Internship

Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma or the equivalent. Pharmacy technicians typically learn through on-the-job training, or they may complete a postsecondary education program. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.

Education and Training

Many pharmacy technicians learn how to perform their duties through on-the-job training. These programs vary in length and subject matter according to the employer’s requirements.

Other pharmacy technicians enter the occupation after completing postsecondary education programs in pharmacy technology. These programs are usually offered by vocational schools or community colleges. Most programs award a certificate after 1 year or less, although some programs last longer and lead to an associate’s degree. They cover a variety of subjects, such as arithmetic used in pharmacies, recordkeeping, ways of dispensing medications, and pharmacy law and ethics. Technicians also learn the names, uses, and doses of medications. Most programs also include clinical experience opportunities, in which students gain hands-on experience in a pharmacy.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredits pharmacy technician programs that include at least 600 hours of instruction over a minimum of 15 weeks. In 2015, there were 286 fully accredited programs, including a few in retail drugstore chains.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states regulate pharmacy technicians in some way. Consult state Boards of Pharmacy for particular regulations. Requirements for pharmacy technicians in the states that regulate them typically include some or all of the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Formal education or training program
  • Exam
  • Fees
  • Continuing education
  • Criminal background check

Some states and employers require pharmacy technicians to be certified. Even where it is not required, certification may make it easier to get a job. Many employers will pay for their pharmacy technicians to take the certification exam.

Two organizations offer certification. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification requires a high school diploma and the passing of an exam. Applicants for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, and have completed a training program or have 1 year of work experience. Technicians must recertify every 2 years by completing 20 hours of continuing education courses.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Pharmacy technicians spend much of their time interacting with customers, so being helpful and polite is required of pharmacy technicians in a retail setting.

Detail oriented. Serious health problems can result from mistakes in filling prescriptions. Although the pharmacist is responsible for ensuring the safety of all medications dispensed, pharmacy technicians should pay attention to detail so that complications are avoided.

Listening skills. Pharmacy technicians must communicate clearly with pharmacists and doctors when taking prescription orders. When speaking with customers, technicians must listen carefully to understand customers’ needs and determine if they need to speak with a pharmacist.

Math skills. Pharmacy technicians need to have an understanding of the math concepts used in pharmacies when counting pills and compounding medications.

Organizational skills. Working as a pharmacy technician involves balancing a variety of responsibilities. Pharmacy technicians need good organizational skills to complete the work delegated by pharmacists while at the same time providing service to customers or patients.

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Pharmacy Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

56.4%

Male

38.6%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

47.5%

Asian

24.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

6.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.9%

Vietnamese

11.8%

Chinese

7.4%

Hindi

7.2%

Mandarin

7.0%

Korean

6.3%

Cantonese

5.1%

Arabic

5.0%

French

4.7%

Russian

4.1%

Gujarati

3.4%

Urdu

2.5%

German

1.7%

Japanese

1.5%

Italian

1.3%

Portuguese

1.2%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Romanian

0.6%
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Pharmacy Internship Education

Schools

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

13.9%

Temple University

9.3%

Albany College of Pharmacy

6.4%

Duquesne University

6.2%

University of the Sciences

5.8%

Northeastern University

5.4%

University of Florida

5.3%

Saint John's University - New York

4.6%

Nova Southeastern University

4.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.2%

University of Southern California

3.9%

LIU Brooklyn

3.7%

Midwestern University

3.5%

Roseman University of Health Sciences

3.5%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.3%

Howard University

3.3%

Xavier University of Louisiana

3.3%

University of Rhode Island

3.3%

Saint Louis College of Pharmacy

3.2%
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Majors

Pharmacy

80.8%

Biology

4.3%

Chemistry

2.5%

Business

2.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.2%

Pharmacology

0.9%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Public Health

0.8%

Psychology

0.7%

Health Sciences And Services

0.6%

Management

0.5%

Nursing

0.5%

Clinical Psychology

0.5%

Education

0.4%

Liberal Arts

0.3%

Medicine

0.3%

Medical Assisting Services

0.3%

Health And Wellness

0.3%

Marketing

0.3%
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Degrees

Doctorate

53.5%

Other

18.1%

Bachelors

17.1%

Masters

7.0%

Certificate

1.8%

Associate

1.6%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Pharmacy Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacist Intern MTH, LLC Milwaukee, WI Mar 03, 2016 $125,220
Pharmacist Intern Zaibakprn, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 04, 2015 $125,220
Pharmacist Intern Hayat Pharmacy 6, LLC Greenfield, WI Sep 04, 2015 $125,220
Pharmacy Intern Anderson Bros. Town & Country Pharmacy Sacramento, CA Aug 24, 2016 $108,056
Pharmacist Intern Anderson Bros. Town & Country Pharmacy Sacramento, CA Aug 31, 2016 $108,056
Pharmacist Intern Janali, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 14, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern HNZ, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 14, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern MTH, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 14, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern Janali, LLC Milwaukee, WI Sep 28, 2016 $104,500
Pharmacist Intern VLV Orange Pharmacy Inc. East Orange, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $104,433
Pharmacist Intern Tesh LLC Newark, NJ Sep 22, 2015 $104,433
Pharmacy Intern VLV Orange Pharmacy Inc. East Orange, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $104,433
Pharmacist Intern Zinovia & Co, LLC Sanford, NC Sep 18, 2016 $104,350
Pharmacist Intern Malabar Pharmacy LLC Palm Bay, FL Nov 09, 2016 $104,350
Pharmacist Intern Sphinx Pharmacy Group Inc. Houston, TX Jul 29, 2015 $99,279
Pharmacist Intern Synergy Community Pharmacy LLC San Diego, CA Jan 09, 2016 $98,500 -
$110,000
Pharmacist Intern Synergy Community Pharmacy LLC San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2016 $98,500 -
$110,000
Pharmacist I (Intern) Eastpointe Medical Pharmacy LLC Eastpointe, MI Sep 15, 2016 $97,797
Pharmacy Intern CBA Pharmacy Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 09, 2016 $96,824
Pharmacy Intern Nash Drug, Inc. Rocky Mount, NC Sep 22, 2016 $96,816
Pharmacy Intern Med Express Drug Systems, Inc. Perris, CA Sep 03, 2015 $94,625
Pharmicist Intern Starx Pharmacy Inc. Leesburg, FL Sep 01, 2015 $50,881
Pharmacist Intern RX Care 17, LLC Pompano Beach, FL Aug 01, 2015 $48,000
Pharmacist Intern RX Care 17, LLC Pompano Beach, FL Jan 08, 2015 $48,000
International Pharmacist Intern Great Care Pharmacy, Inc. FL Sep 01, 2015 $45,914
Pharmacy Intern SVTC Pharma, Inc. Ridgewood, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $45,240
Pharmacy Intern The Pharmacy Store, LLC Apopka, FL Apr 10, 2015 $44,678
Pharmacist Intern Pars Pharmacy Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 16, 2015 $43,826

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  3. Drug Therapy
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  • Assisted the pharmacist with filling prescriptions, including extemporaneous medications.
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  • Monitored patient drug therapy in a pediatric inpatient setting and made appropriate recommendations about drug therapy during round with the medical team
  • Prepare and dispense prescription orders; provide patient counseling; assist pharmacists with medication review and pharmacy operations
  • Process new prescriptions while assessing drug therapy to ensure safety and effectiveness.

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