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About Pharmacy Technology

Our program offers three credentials:

  • Retail Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Pharmacy Technician I Certificate
  • Pharmacy Technician II Diploma

Difference between the 3 credentials that we offer at BCTC

Retail Pharmacy Technician Certificate requires the least amount of credit hours course work. (17 to 20) without clinical rotation in pharmacy. Students graduate with Retail Pharmacy Technician Certificate will be qualified to work at any retail pharmacy settings, like CVS health, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Walgreen Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, Kroger Pharmacy as entry level pharmacy technicians with a lower grade level salary. Please see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information for this credential (Information provided here is an estimate only. Salary is depended on your employer and your education background, personal experience and other factors.)

Pharmacy Technician I Certificate required 21 to 24 credit hours of courses work. This certificate will allow students to gain access to hospital pharmacy opportunities. The training program provide on-site pharmacy lab for students to practice and master many pharmacy technician tasks. Students will have an opportunity to work with potential employer(s) during clinical rotations. This program is also qualified for BCTC Work Ready Scholarship. Please see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information for this credential (Information provided here is an estimate only. Salary is depended on your employer and your education background, personal experience and other factors.)

Pharmacy Technician II diploma required 34 to 49 credit hours to complete. This is the highest level of Pharmacy Technician training. Students will have all knowledge and training provided in Retail Pharmacy Technician Certificate and Pharmacy Technician I Certificate plus advanced science courses. This is the only credential that meets the ASHP Pharmacy Technician training requirements. This will become the minimum requirement for students to qualify for the National Pharmacy Technician Board Exam in the near future. Please see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information for this credential (Information provided here is an estimate only. Salary is depended on your employer and your education background, personal experience and other factors.)

Difference between BCTC Pharmacy Technology Program and other pharmacy Tech programs

  • Location: the only pharmacy technician training program in central Kentucky
  • Cost: tuition is lower than any other training programs in our area. All three of credentials are qualified for government financial aid for eligible students. Work Ready Scholarship is also available for Pharmacy Technician I Certificate.
  • Experience: brand new realistic pharmacy lab for hands on training and clinical experience at the top pharmacies in Lexington and surrounding areas.

Difference between Pharmacy Tech training programs and College of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Technology program or Pharmacy Technician program is the technical program for students who are interested in the career of Pharmacy Technician. College of Pharmacy is the professional programs for pharmacist.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians work closely together. Both have the job of pouring medications, mixing medications, and weighing the medication for accuracy. They both deal with insurance companies, physicians, and customers. However, they each have distinct roles and different education requirements. Below are the main differences between these two pharmaceutical industry professionals.

1. Education

Pharmacy Technicians - Education requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, with very few states not requiring any formal training beyond high school while most other states require formal training and achieving a certification upon graduation.

There is no standardized national education requirement, however, pharmacy technicians have to pass the PTCE – a standardized test administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). This certification is recognized in all fifty states.

Pharmacists - Pharmacists are required to hold a doctorate degree in pharmacology. The PharmD degree (or doctor of pharmacy) is a six-year degree. Following this education, a one-year internship under a licensed pharmacist must be completed. Finally, the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) test must be passed and the individual must register with the Board of Pharmacy in their state.

2. Duties

Pharmacy Technicians - Pharmacy technicians work closely with pharmacists. The pharmacy technician may accept a prescription from the patient, but they are not allowed to dispense a medication without having it reviewed and approved by a pharmacist. When the medication is packed and labeled, the pharmacist must review it for accuracy before it is delivered to the patient.

Pharmacy technicians also assist the pharmacist by performing administrative tasks such as running the cash register, filing paperwork, processing insurance claims, and tracking inventory. They do not give medical advice to patients.

Pharmacists - The pharmacist is responsible for everything that happens in the pharmacy. They are in charge of the pharmacy technicians and create medications from the ingredients specified. They are required to double-check each prescription before it is sold to the patient. They must ensure that each prescription sold in their pharmacy is legal and valid, making sure that all regulations are strictly adhered to.

Pharmacists spend a good portion of their day giving medical advice to patients. In some states, pharmacists are allowed to write prescriptions for commonly prescribed non-regulated medications, such as antibiotics or mild pain relievers.