Pharmacy technology is one of the fastest-growing careers in the medical community. Pharmacy technicians are needed in both retail and hospital settings. They may perform many of the same duties as the pharmacist; however, all of the technician’s work must be checked by the pharmacist before medication can be dispensed to the patient. As this field grows, pharmacy technicians are assuming more responsibility for routine tasks, previously performed by pharmacists. The duties of the pharmacy technician vary between retail and hospital settings.
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ST. LOUIS PHARMACY TECHNICIAN TRAINING PROGRAM
Are you interested in becoming a pharmacy technician? It’s one of the fastest growing careers in the medical community and is poised for continued rapid growth over the next several years. This is in part because of the high number of available prescriptions and manageable chronic diseases being treated these days, but it’s also due to the evolving role of a pharmacist.
Many pharmacists are beginning to take on more patient-care responsibilities – such as vaccinations, medication counseling, and screening services – which means more techs are needed to assist with the traditional functions of a pharmacist position – managing patient information, filling prescription orders, etc. This shift makes it incredibly important for pharmacy technician schools to provide comprehensive training programs that adequately prepare students for all potential responsibilities and tasks.
SKILLS AND DUTIES OF A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Pharmacy tech schools train students in the basic responsibilities of a pharmacist. Although a technician’s work must be checked by the pharmacist before medication can be dispensed to a patient, someone in this role may perform many of the same job functions as a pharmacist. The more a technologist knows, the more valuable they are to an employer.
When someone enrolls in the pharmacy technician programs at Midwest Institute, they learn how to perform the following tasks:
- Calculate doses based on physician orders
- Manipulate vials with syringes and needles to prepare sterile products
- Control and order pharmacy inventory
- Properly reconstitute oral antibiotics
- Bill insurance companies through pharmacy software
- Assemble a 24-hour supply of medication for a patient
- Prepare sterile intravenous medications
- Maintain nursing station medications
- Deliver medications to patient rooms
- Collect quality improvement data
Pharmacy technicians are primarily employed in retail and hospital settings, but getting certified may open the door for other opportunities as well. The pharmacy technician school at Midwest Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, provides a comprehensive training program to prepare students for whichever career path they decide to take.
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INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAMS
Our pharmacy technician programs include formal education and hands-on experience. This program is delivered in an online Hybrid format which means all lecture is online and you only come to campus for labs. The interactive environment prepares students to excel in their careers and gives them confidence to perform on the job. Instructors provide education and real-world experience to help create pharmacy technicians who are invaluable in the market.
At Midwest Institute, the pharmacy technician program is designed to take 48 weeks to complete and is offered at our North Campus in Earth City, which is located in the metropolitan St. Louis area. Each student at our pharmacy tech school graduates the program with a license and certification to work as a pharmacy tech in the medical community. To complete the training, the cost for students is $15,150 for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
Our private institution is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools and has been serving the St. Louis community for more than 50 years. If you have any questions about our pharmacy technician school, contact us and one of our knowledgeable admissions counselors will be happy to provide assistance.
THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED IN AN ONLINE HYBRID FORMAT!
WHAT IS A HYBRID PROGRAM?
Hybrid programs blend both traditional classroom instruction with the flexibility of online learning. These programs have the same academic regiment as our on-ground programs. Students in the hybrid format will complete their program both in a campus and/or clinical setting and online via the internet. These programs provide a flexibility not available to a regular classroom program. All lab times are arranged.
The Benefits of Online Education:
- work at your own pace
- promotes lifelong learning
- teaches you to be self-disciplined
- more individual attention
- brings the classroom right to you
ONLINE EDUCATION OFFERS ALL YOU NEED FOR SUCCESS
The biggest advantage of an online program is having your classroom and instructor available 24 hours a day.
You will have everything you need just by getting online. Get announcements, access notes and program resources, review assignments, discuss questions in the online discussion boards, chat with fellow students and study any time you want. Your learning experience will be enhanced in the online classroom!
Find out if this format suits your lifestyle, contact us today to discuss getting started!