If you’re looking for a growing career in the world of healthcare, consider Dorsey Schools’ Pharmacy Technician training program. Our Pharmacy Technician diploma program is designed to prepare students to work in an ambulatory pharmacy under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Students in this program are supplied with one complimentary lab coat at the beginning of their first laboratory class. No prior experience in this field is required to enroll in our Pharmacy Technician training program, just the desire to learn.
Find A Campus Near YouThe Pharmacy Technician training program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:
Pharmacy Technician training program – Michigan career training
Job duties of a Pharmacy Technician can include:
- Provide critical support to the pharmacist
- Assist in the filling of prescriptions
- Assist in the dispensing of medications
- Sterilize equipment
- Create prescription labels
- Billing insurance companies
- Prepare medications for patients
- Maintain inventory
- Provide excellent customer service
Training in this program includes:
- Coverage of topics such as pharmacy operations, including strong communication and customer service skills that are critical to the success of the pharmacy technician.
- The opportunity to learn the language of medicine and building a proficient medical vocabulary, including the structure of the body, common diseases, treatment, laboratory tests and medical and pharmacological abbreviations.
- Overview of the use and side effects of medications (generic and brand name, prescription, non-prescription, and alternative) that are commonly used to treat diseases.
- Students are introduced to basic pharmacy practices, including laws and regulations.
- An externship in a supervised, ambulatory pharmacy setting under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and his/her staff is included in the program.
- Graduates of this program will be eligible to challenge a national Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.
For those who wish to earn their certification, Dorsey Schools will pay the cost one time for graduates of this program to challenge a certification exam as selected by Dorsey Schools, contingent upon the graduate meeting Dorsey Schools exam preparation requirements.
Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook
A career as a pharmacy technician can be challenging, rewarding, and secure (especially in regard to the aging baby boomer generation and their need for more medications). Standard duties associated with this position include assisting the pharmacist in measuring, mixing, counting, and labeling dosages of medications, billing insurance companies and more. Pharmacy technician positions can be found in pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals, and department stores, grocery stores, and general merchandise stores with in-store pharmacies.
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Pharmacy Technicians is projected to grow by 12% from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. a In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow by 11.2% from 2016 to 2026.b
Enroll in the Pharmacy Technician training program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to become an integral member of a pharmaceutical healthcare team.
Pharmacy Technician Frequently Asked Questions
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- What Pharmacy Technicians Do
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Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician is required in the State of Michigan for employment in this field.
Verification of high school graduation or its equivalent (a General Education Development “GED” High School Equivalency Certificate) and passing a mandatory background check is required for continued enrollment in the Pharmacy Technician training program.
For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Pharmacy Technicians, info pertaining to Jobs as a Pharmacy Technician, the work Pharmacy Technicians do, etc.:
Michigan Occupational Wage Information: http://milmi.org/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=124
O*Net Online: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00
aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited November 1, 2017).
bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2016-2026) Michigan Statewide, Pharmacy Technicians (SOC Code: 29-2052), https://milmi.org/ (visited July 14, 2018).