Iowa Pharmacy Tech Certificate – IA
Steps to Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa
Pharmacy technicians are responsible for helping pharmacists fill prescriptions, deal with customers, and carry out administrative duties. They work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, private retail or mail order pharmacies, and other settings where prescription medication is used. Pharmacy technicians may work full- or part-time. The average salary across the United States for a full time pharmacy technician is $28,500.
In the state of Iowa, however, pharmacy technicians can look forward to making an average of $45,000 per year, which is an increase of 63% over the national average salary for this position. Job opportunities for pharmacy technicians within the state of Iowa and across the nation are expected to increase by 31% through the year 2018.
Steps to Become a Pharmacy Technician in Iowa
All pharmacy technicians in the state of Iowa must be both registered and certified, starting July 1, 2010. Iowa pharmacy technician certification requires that one pass an Iowa Board of Pharmacy-approved multiple-choice examination.
- To be eligible to become a pharmacy technician in the state of Iowa, one must be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma or GED, and not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony at any time during one's life.
- Although not technically required for all pharmacy technician positions, training as a pharmacy technician is desirable to help you pass the national certification examination. Enroll in a training course, either at a brick-and-mortar school or online, preferably one that is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This will teach you how to correctly measure medication, complete administrative forms, manage inventories, and how to perform other duties of a pharmacy technician.
- Look for a job as a pharmacy technician or a pharmacy technician trainee in the state of Iowa. One cannot become registered as a pharmacy technician until he or she has a position as a pharmacy technician in the state of Iowa. A technician trainee must become a nationally certified pharmacy technician within 12 months of starting employment or training as a pharmacy technician.
- Take a national pharmacy certification examination. One option is the ExCPT (Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians), a two-hour long, multiple choice exam which is offered at eight different sites in the state of Iowa.
- Register within the state of Iowa. Registration involves applying within 30 days of accepting a position in the state of Iowa as a pharmacy technician. Initial registration fees are $50. One must show proof of passing the national pharmacy certification examination at the time of registration.
Institue for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians
2536 S Old Hwy 94, Suite 224
St. Charles, MO 63303
Another option for a national exam that is accepted by the state of Iowa is the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, offered at 200 test center locations across the United States by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board:
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
2215 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC 20037-2985