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While pharmacists are undoubtedly essential to any pharmacy, most pharmacies – whether as a part of a business, a clinic or other medical setting – also employ one or more pharmacy technicians.  Under the supervision of a pharmacist, pharmacy technicians are tasked with assisting the pharmacist and improving the efficiency of a pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Technician program at the National Academy of Health and Business aims to prepare graduates for employment as a pharmacy technician in a variety of situations and settings – whether it is a neighborhood pharmacy or an industrial pharmaceutical company.

NAHB’s Pharmacy Technician program adheres to the guidelines set by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), and aims to teach the skills, competency and knowledge needed to excel in the pharmaceutical world.

Students in the Pharmacy Technician Diploma program receive an education that combines theoretical classroom and textbook learning with practical workplace training to ensure that they are not only prepared with the knowledge to find a career, but the skills and confidence as well. NAHB has just recently upgraded their classroom to feature a mock pharmacy, as well as new equipment and supplies

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma program at NAHB is 40 weeks long, with eight weeks in a job placement. During the job placement, four weeks will be spent in a clinical or hospital setting, and four weeks will be spent in a community pharmacy setting. It is an accredited program under the Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) and approved under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Students looking to embark on a career as a pharmacy technician should be extremely organized and have excellent attention to detail, as working with prescriptions and dosages is an extremely important task that should be taken very seriously. They must possess the ability to multitask efficiently, sometimes in a fast-paced setting, and they must be very adept in mathematical calculations.

Some of the courses you’ll be taking in the Pharmacy Technician Diploma program are:

–          Student Success
–          Pharmacy Fundamentals
–          Pharmacy Calculations
–          Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology
–          Pharmacology
–          Medical Devices, National Health and OTC Products
–          Management, Communication & Customer Skills
–          Pharmacy Law and Ethics

Career Opportunities

A career as a pharmacy technician is both an excellent introduction to the pharmaceutical field that can prepare you for a future career as a pharmacist or pharmaceutical research, and a very stable, lifelong career on its own.

Pharmacy technicians are employed wherever pharmacists need help filling prescriptions, measuring dosages, taking down orders, and other general assistance with the day-to-day operations. Typical settings include community pharmacies, hospital pharmaceutical clinics, free clinics and industrial pharmaceutical companies.

According to employment statistics, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are among the highest in-demand careers in the country. Not only does NAHB provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to become part of this excellent career field, but it also provides assistance with finding a job placement right after you graduate.

Typical Job Duties

Pharmacy technicians perform a wide range of duties, from clerical to customer service. Some of the duties you’ll be expected to perform as a pharmacy technician are:

–          Verifying prescriptions
–          Preparation of prescription labels
–          Counting, weighing, measuring and mixing medications
–          Filling prescriptions
–          Replenishing medications for nursing units and emergency boxes
–          Preparing receipts and invoices
–          Filing
–          Maintain drug information files
–          Billing
–          Monitoring stock levels
–          Monitoring expiry dates of medication
–          Delivering medications to facilities

 

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