How to become a Pharmacy Technician:
1st, determine what your state requires (every state is different) – Pharmacy Tech State Info page (this page details each state’s requirements to become a pharmacy technician and provides a list of schools for each state)
2nd, regardless of your state requirements, obtain national certification – Pharmacy Technician National Certification Information page
3rd, read “Become a Pharmacy Technician and Land a Job” – You can obtain a free copy by signing up for the newsletter and eBook via the Sign-Up form to the right.
4th, as you go through the process of becoming a pharmacy technician, you need to determine the pharmacy setting you want to work in – Description of what a pharmacy technician does by practice site
5th, JUST DO IT! If you need a school, request information on schools and start checking them out. Go visit them (unless it is online of course). If you need national certification, then get a book and start studying. The sooner you take action, the sooner you can get going on a career.
I (Rob) was a pharmacy technician for 8 years prior to going to pharmacy school. When I specialized (through pharmacy residency) in pharmacy management, I spent a lot of time working on a pharmacy technician development program for the health-system I work in. In my current role as a pharmacy director, I have had the opportunity to lead and coach numerous pharmacy technicians, including the hiring of technicians.
My goal is to help as many people as I can become pharmacy technicians and actually land a job after you are done. In many areas of the US, pharmacy technician positions are very competitive, I will explain how to maximize your chances for obtaining a job by sharing how I determine who to hire in my inpatient pharmacy.
I am also compiling useful resources for you on the Resources/Links page.
-Rob Nahoopii, PharmD, MS, BCPS (and previous CPhT pharmacy technician for 8 years)