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Working As A Pharmacy Technician 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

  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacy Technician 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 Technician 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 Technician Internship Career Paths

Pharmacy Technician Internship
Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Registered Nurse Team Leader
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Pharmacist Manager
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Registered Nurse Team Leader
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Pharmacist Technician Pharmacist Staff Pharmacist
Pharmacist Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Pharmacist Pharmacist Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Assistant Manager
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Substitute Teacher Consultant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Coordinator Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Technician Shift Leader
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist In Charge Pharmacist Manager District Manager
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist In Charge Clinical Pharmacist Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Assistant Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Pharmacist Clinical Coordinator Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Pharmacist Clinical Coordinator Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technician 2.7 years
Pharmacist Aide 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Pharmacy Technician Internship
Cashier 19.8%
Volunteer 3.9%
Internship 3.5%
Server 2.6%
Manager 2.0%
Pharmacist 1.9%
Top Careers After Pharmacy Technician Internship
Cashier 8.1%
Pharmacist 6.2%
Internship 1.7%
Volunteer 1.6%
Server 1.4%
Technician 1.3%

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Highest Pharmacy Technician Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacy Technician/Intern Pasco RX Inc. Pasadena, CA Sep 03, 2014 $36,919
Pharmacy Technician/Intern Pasco RX Inc. Pasadena, CA Sep 15, 2014 $36,919
Pharmacy Technician/Intern Pharmacist Han.Sam Corp Rancho Mirage, CA Oct 22, 2011 $33,392
Pharmacy Technician/Intern Pharmacist Han.Sam Corp Palm Desert, CA Oct 22, 2011 $33,392
Pharmacy Technician/Intern Pharmacist Han.Sam Corp Rancho Mirage, CA Sep 01, 2010 $33,392 -
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Top Skills for A Pharmacy Technician Internship

  1. Filling Prescriptions
  2. Customer Service
  3. IV
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained records by recording, and filling prescriptions accurately.
  • Refilled prescriptions and customer service, some pulling and restocking of medications
  • Receive written prescription requests from patients or electronic prescriptions directly from physicians.
  • Received written prescriptions or request for prescription refills from patients and written prescription orders sent electronically from doctors offices.
  • Customer-service-oriented pharmacy technician-in-training / intern.

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Pharmacy Technician Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

61.5%

Male

25.5%

Unknown

13.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Hispanic or Latino

21.5%

Asian

10.8%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.1%

Vietnamese

5.7%

French

5.1%

Tagalog

4.9%

Hindi

4.0%

Russian

3.4%

Chinese

3.2%

Mandarin

2.8%

Korean

2.0%

Cantonese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Japanese

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Armenian

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Khmer

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Filipino

0.8%

German

0.8%

Swedish

0.6%
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Pharmacy Technician Internship Education

Schools

Everest Institute

14.3%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

11.0%

Remington College

9.7%

All American Career College

7.3%

San Joaquin Valley College

6.5%

National College

5.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.8%

Baker College

3.6%

Everest University - North Orlando

3.5%

University of Florida

3.5%

Charter College

3.3%

Everest College - Ontario

3.2%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.1%

Concorde Career College

3.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.9%

Reed College

2.8%

Arizona College

2.6%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

2.6%

Cerritos College

2.4%
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Majors

Pharmacy

80.5%

Business

2.7%

Biology

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

1.7%

Nursing

1.6%

Pharmacology

1.0%

Psychology

1.0%

Chemistry

0.9%

General Studies

0.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

0.8%

Health Sciences And Services

0.7%

Accounting

0.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

0.5%

Education

0.5%

Nursing Assistants

0.4%

Liberal Arts

0.4%

Public Health

0.4%

Criminal Justice

0.4%

Management

0.3%
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Degrees

Other

32.5%

Diploma

17.6%

Certificate

13.9%

Associate

12.6%

Bachelors

11.0%

Doctorate

7.5%

License

2.8%

Masters

2.1%
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