Career RX: Trained Pharmacy Technicians in Demand

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Opportunities are on the increase for trained pharmacy technicians to work in retail or hospital pharmacies. Working under the supervision of a pharmacist, technicians assist customers, fill prescriptions, maintain records and prepare medications. This career requires good customer service skills along with solid math skills and familiarity with medical and pharmaceutical concepts.

Who is a good fit?

Pharmacy technicians should be at ease helping customers and referring questions to the supervising pharmacist. Because the job requires measuring and preparing medications, careful attention to detail is important.

How can SRC get me there?

The Spoon River College Office of Community Outreach is offering a pharmacy technician education program taught by a certified PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) Advocate Educator.

Pharmacy tech students will learn how to process prescriptions, read labels, and identify and interpret prescriptions. They learn to calculate the proper amount of drugs in a compound prescription, learn basic anatomy, study over-the-counter medications, and get well acquainted with the top 200 drugs.

SRC’s Pharmacy Tech classes will help participants prepare for the certification exam and teach skills needed for a pharmacy tech position. Recertification, which requires 20 hours of continuing education, is mandatory every two years.

To find out more about Pharmacy Tech classes, visit www.src.edu/outreach or contact the Office of Community Outreach at 309-647-6260 or 309-833-6031.

Student Spotlight: Sarah Carmack

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Sarah Carmack

Nursing student Sarah Carmack of Canton chose to take the pharmacy tech program to help her in her future nursing career.

“Pharmacology was an area I felt I was weak in, so I took the course to expand my knowledge. It’s also a good back-up, just in case something would happen with nursing school,” said Carmack. “The program was offered locally and was reasonably priced. I would recommend it to anyone who is considering a career as a pharmacy tech or in other areas of healthcare.”

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