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About Pharmacy Technology

Difference between the 2 credentials that we offer at BCTC

Entry Level Pharmacy Technology Certificate is an Entry Level Pharmacy Technology certificate and requires the least amount of credit hours course work (21 to 24) with clinical rotation in outpatient pharmacy. This credential meets the ASHP Pharmacy Technician training requirements for Entry Level Pharmacy Technician. Students graduate with Entry Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate will be qualified to work at any retail/outpatient pharmacy settings, such as CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, Kroger Pharmacy, Kentucky Clinic, and Lexington Clinic. Salary is depended on your employer and your education background, personal experience and other factors.

Advanced Level Pharmacy Technology Diploma required 37 to 40 credit hours to complete. Students will have all knowledge and training provided in Entry Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate plus the advanced pharmacy practice courses. This credential meets the ASHP Pharmacy Technician training requirements for Advanced Level Pharmacy Technician. Salary is depended on your employer and your education background, personal experience and other factors.

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.