Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Training West Los Angeles College
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Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Training West Los Angeles College


  • 4,571 views This slide presentation answers questions about Pharmacy Technician Career. What is a Pharmacy Technician? What Type of Person becomes a ... This slide presentation answers questions about Pharmacy Technician Career. What is a Pharmacy Technician? What Type of Person becomes a Pharmacy Technician, What type of jobs are there for Pharmacy Technicians, What is the Job Growth outlook for Pharmacy Technicians? and many other questions.
It is couched with-in the structure of the program at West Los Angeles College, but can help many people understand the job of Pharmacy Technician and to determine if the career is right for them.



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Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Training West Los Angeles College  Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Training West Los Angeles College Presentation Transcript

  • Pharmacy Technician Program Orientation
  • Pharmacy Industry / Jobs Student Participation How to Find Out More
  • Pharmacy Technician IndustryWhy is the Pharmacy Industry Predicted to Grow? 1) Research & Development in drugs and pharmacy related technology. All Pharmacy related technology is overseen by Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians 2) Aging Population 3) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates: Job Growth - 50,000 additional Pharmacy Technician jobs by 2018 4) U.S. Law – 2 Pharmacy Technologists assisting each Pharmacist in the pharmacy at all times.
  • Pharmacy Tech Job Skills Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy Technicians are responsible for acontribution to people’s health and well-being. We teach you to take this responsibility VERY carefully. The job skills break break down into 3 areas: Your Your Your level ofresponsibilities for responsibilities for professionalism and TECHNICAL PHARMACY PEOPLE SKILLS SKILLS &KNOWLEDGE OPERATIONS
  • 1) Technical Skills & Knowledge Why does it take 15 minutes to fill a prescription? Because people’s lives are depending upon YOUR ACCURACY1) Receive prescription from the customer/ or / via computer2) Confirm Insurance when necessary3) Identify correct medication + dosage. Pull from your shelves4) Calculate & mix medications when necessary5) Fill your order correctly6) Label your order correctly w/physician instructions, warning labels7) Receive quality check from the Pharmacist8) Dispense medication to customer
  • 2) Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy OperationsWhat else are Pharmacy Technicians responsible for? 1) Daily ordering of medications (Ever been to a pharmacy and they were out of stock of your medication? It’s up to YOU to make sure medications are in stock!) 2) Cleaning of equipment w/alcohol (Continually throughout the day) 3) Cleaning of counters w/ alcohol (Nice to know your local pharmacy is cleaned daily, isn’t it?) 4) Other duties assigned by Pharmacist
  • 3)Pharmacy Technician Handling People/Customers When you’re in the pharmacy, you are taking care of OTHER PEOPLE!It’s your job to leave your problems at the door whenyou come to workYour customers might be sick, they might be elderly,they might just be having a bad day…Part of your job is to communicate in a way that makesothers feel better!
  • Who Enjoys Being Technician Pharmacy a Pharmacy Tech? All types of people! Because there are DIFFERENT TYPES of jobs fordifferent types of Pharmacy Technicians
  • Types of Pharmacy Tech Jobs • Pharmacy Tech Retail • Lead Pharmacy Tech • Inventory Specialist • Nursing HomesHome Health Care • In-Home Health Care • Pharmacy Technicians responsible for Compounding compounding medication Insurance • Customer Service Representatives • Pharmacy Audit Representatives Companies • Claims Processor Mail Order • Pharmacy Technician – same job as retail, but no client contact
  • Pharmacy Tech Advanced Jobs* • Lead Pharmacy Technician • Inpatient / Outpatient Hospital • Purchaser • IV Pharmacy SpecialistIT Pharmacy Tech • Nationwide software (EPIC) Nuclear and • Chemotherapy CompoundingFusion Pharmacy* Usually require additional training beyond basic Pharmacy Technician Training
  • Pharmacy Technician Once you complete your Pharmacy Technician Training - then what?In California, we send your education information to the CALIFORNIA licensing board and you receive a CALIFORNIA license.*Your WLAC education, your externship, your social security card and your California Pharmacy Tech license are usually all you need to work in the state of CALIFORNIARequirements for working are different for every state, please call a college in your area to ask for details.*
  • Where are Pharmacy Technician Jobs? Retail HospitalGovernment Other 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%
  • Pharmacy Tech at WLAC Prepare with Pharmacy Tech Training at WLACQuality Education – 7 months training – 3 days a weekHomework and study time – 3 to 5 hours a weekIntensive “Hands on experience” during trainingProfessional Externship – 80 hours over 2 monthsAffordable Cost – Price reduced; Less than competitors
  • Pharmacy Tech at WLAC The Classes You’ll Be Taking1. Introduction to Pharmacy2. Computers in Health Occupations3. Body Systems4. Pharmacy Calculations5. Pharmacy Operations6. Retail Pharmacy Externship (80 hours in 2 months)
  • Student Responsibilities
  • Student ResponsibilitiesA Professional Training Program Prepares You for a Professional Working Position For success in this program you will: 1) Organize your life in advance 2) Dress Professionally 3) Arrive ON TIME every day 4) Take appropriate notes 5) Ask for help when needed 6) Do all of your homework
  • Student Responsibilities ONCE YOU’RE READY TO ENROLL:Pay Registration fees in full or installments (details coming up!)Read and sign “Student Conduct Contract”Purchase Textbooks by first week of classPurchase your personal study supplies (notebooks, pens, etc) START YOUR EDUCATION WITH OUR NEXT CLASS!
  • Student ResponsibilitiesHow Do I Get My California Pharmacy Technician License?Your Checklist for California Licensing Requirements for “Registered Pharmacy Technician”___ Complete your Pharmacy Technician Training program___ Verification of High school diploma or GED Equivalent (Int’l diplomas must be translated)___ Verification of age 18 by the beginning of your externship___ Social Security Card___ Fingerprinting (LIVESCAN)WE ALSO RECOMMEND:___ Recommend Background Clearance (online)___ Clear Drug Screening (required for most Externships and ALL PAID PHARMACY JOBS) For complete details on licensing, see:
  • Enrollment Details
  • How much does it cost?In 2012, West Los Angeles College offered their rigorous 360 hour Pharmacy Technician Training for $2600 + books and fees (Call to learn current fees)Pharmacy Technician Training at a private vocational school can cost you over $16,000 + books and fees. Did you do the math? What is the savings?The choice is always yours of course, but you can get ahead much faster in your life without huge loans to pay off when you graduate.
  • Payment OptionsPayment Option #1 (One payment in advance)The Full Certificate Program (classID# 12155)$2,600 plus books, materials & other fees.Must pay $2,600 in full 3 days before class begins Payment Option #2 (three installment payments) Total $2,850 plus books, materials & other fees. Payment #1 – First installment (classID# 12155)$1,150. (Must pay in full 3 days before class begins.) Payment #2 ($1,150) due 2 months later Payment #3 ($550) due 2 months after Payment #2
  • Enrollment DetailsHow to Register1. Go to westside.wlac.edu2. Sign in – use or create a student profile 3. Select Full Certificate Program (classID# 12155) or Part 1 – Installment 1 (classID# 12156)4. Click on class title to read the description5. Add to your cart and check out!
  • Are there additional costs?• Textbooks (see list; approx. $190-$265)• Basic function calculator (approx. $20)• Clinic laboratory coat (approx. $35)• Criminal background check (approx. $62)• Clear drug screen (approx. $22)• Live Scan (electronic fingerprinting) for licensing ($71)• Application Fee for Licensing for the Board of Pharmacy ($80)• Parking Permits (optional - $20 Spring/Fall; $7 Summer)
  • Can I Earn College Credits? YES! COLLEGE CREDIT is an OPTION!Read about it here. It is called CREDIT BY EXAM
  • Enrollment Details Want to talk to one of our Pharmacy Tech instructors? or Have questions about how to register? Call (310) 287-4475 or email
  • Thank you for watching! We wish you success! Click here to learn even MORE about a Pharmacy Technician Career!Follow our Pharmacy Technician Instructors online! @WLAPharmacyTech