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Pharmacy technician

A pharmacy technician is a health care provider who performs pharmacy-related functions, generally working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of locations (usually in community, retail, and hospital pharmacies), but can also work for long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies, or in government or teaching. Job duties include dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and instructing on their use. They may also perform administrative duties in pharmaceutical practice, such as reviewing prescription requests with doctor's offices and insurance companies to ensure correct medications are provided and payment is received.

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Unless you are already employed by a corporation and they are funding your education you do NOT need to go to Pharmacy Technician School. You can easily buy a certification book, study and go take the test. However the test is not easy but its not too difficult with some pharmacy experience and lots of studying. If you choose to enroll in a Pharmacy Tech Program ask the head of the department the job placement rates and the percentage pass of the PTCB, Take the PTCB its the only test that is recognized nationally. Being a Pharmacy Tech is great if you would like to become a Pharm-D but do not waste your semester hours on becoming a tech since you can have your prerequisites done for Pharm-D school in almost the same amount of time.

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