Are you interested in a career as a pharmacy technician? Look no further! MAP EDU offers an online training course in partnership with SDSU Global Campus that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel in this field. Let’s explore what this course has to offer.
Become a Certified Pharmacy Technician with Our Online Course
Pharmacy technicians play a crucial role in healthcare settings and are in high demand across the country, especially in San Diego County. By enrolling in our online program, you’ll not only prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Certification exam but also gain valuable experience through an externship opportunity with a leading pharmacy chain.
Our comprehensive pharmacy technician training program has the following objectives:
- Equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in your role as a pharmacy technician, enabling you to confidently perform all related tasks and responsibilities.
- Develop a practical understanding of medication processing and handling procedures, including the ability to accurately identify medication orders and read prescription forms.
- Familiarize you with federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as well as the ethical considerations in pharmacy practice.
- Prepare you to successfully pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and earn your Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPht) credential.
- Make you eligible for a 100+ hour practicum experience, further enhancing your professional skills and providing valuable hands-on training.
Prerequisites and Requirements
Our course has no prerequisites for enrollment. However, to participate in the practicum experience, you should possess a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old.
Registration and Enrollment
Our course is 100% online and offers flexible start times. You can begin anytime that suits your schedule.
Meet Your Instructors
At MAP EDU, we are proud to have highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors who are dedicated to your success. Here are a few of our esteemed instructors:
Melissa Dunworth: With over 13 years of experience as a pharmacy technician, Melissa has worked in various pharmacy settings and holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is also a certified pharmacy technician and registered with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy.
Betty Stahl: Betty holds a doctorate in pharmacy and has taught pharmacy technician programs at prestigious institutions such as ASA College in New York City and ACT in Arlington, Virginia. She has extensive experience as a pharmacist in independent and hospital settings.
Lorraine Zentz: Lorraine holds a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in education. With 30 years of experience working in hospital pharmacies and teaching, she is passionate about pharmacy practice and has contributed significantly to the Cengage Pharmacy Technician Program.
Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians
The demand for pharmacy technicians is rapidly increasing, and California is no exception. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities for pharmacy technicians in the state are expected to grow by 13.3% through 2028, resulting in over 5,000 new jobs and 3,740 job openings annually. In San Diego County, the need for pharmacy technicians is projected to grow by 14% over the next decade, as reported by workforce analytics firm Burning Glass.
Besides abundant opportunities, pharmacy technicians can also enjoy a competitive salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that pharmacy technicians in San Diego County earn an average annual salary of $45,780.
Pharmacy Technicians FAQs
What Does a Pharmacy Technician Do?
Pharmacy technicians are responsible for a variety of tasks, including ordering and stocking medications, preparing medications for distribution, and providing information to patients. While pharmacy technicians may perform similar duties to pharmacists, their work is always overseen and approved by a pharmacist before medications are dispensed to patients.
Do Pharmacy Technicians Need Certification?
While the requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, most states, including California, require certification, registration, or licensure. In California, obtaining certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is mandatory.
How Long Does It Take to Complete a Pharmacy Technician Course?
Our pharmacy technician course can be completed in one year or less. This duration does not include the time spent in an externship program or preparing for the PTCB licensure exam in California.
Is Being a Pharmacy Technician a Good Career Choice?
Absolutely! U.S. News and World Report recognized “Pharmacy Technician” as one of the “Best Health Care Support Jobs,” ranking it 21st on their list. With an aging population and an increase in chronic diseases, the demand for pharmacy technicians is only expected to rise, potentially leading to expanded responsibilities and career growth in the field.