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3 Reasons You Should Get Certified as a Pharmacy Technician

Healthcare is a multitrillion dollar industry that is a driving force of the American economy. But did you know there are plenty of jobs in the sector that do not require patient treatment and care? Consider all the medications people take. More than 150 million Americans take prescription drugs and trained professionals need to prescribe, administer, and dispense those medications. Pharmacy Technicians are a part of that important process. If you are thinking about a career as a Pharmacy Technician, make sure you get certified. Here’s why:

1)Gain important knowledge. In order to pass the national certification exam, you’ll need a solid base of knowledge and lots of preparation. Training as a Pharmacy Technician will teach you what you need to know to pass the exam. You’ll learn all about pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, and how to prepare sterile dosage forms. You’ll also learn about pharmacy operations, customer service, and the laws and regulations surrounding your profession.

2)Prove your worth. National Certification demonstrates your knowledge and ability to work as a Pharmacy Technician. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam you’ll need to take to become certified is a two hour test that covers nine knowledge domains you’ll need to know to practice as a Pharmacy Technician. Employers often look for national certification before they hire so they know you’re ready to work from day one. National Certification can give you a competitive edge.

3)Increase your options. Although a few states do not require certification, becoming nationally certified will enhance your career mobility. You and your qualifications can move from state to state. Certification administered through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) will demonstrate that you’re fit to work as a Pharmacy Technician across the U.S. Here’s what you’ll need to become certified and licensed:

a.       High school diploma or its equivalency

b.      Full disclosure of any/all criminal history

c.       Passing grade on certification exam

If you’re ready for more than just a job, maybe a career as a Pharmacy Technician is your way into the healthcare field. Check out the Pharmacy Technician programs offered at Charter College’s Lacey, Fife, and Vancouver campuses today.