New York Pharmacy Tech Certificate – NY
By an allied health world contributing writer
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How to Become a Pharmacy Technician in New York
1. Choose an area of New York where you want to work, and investigate what employers in that area want from potential Pharmacy Technician candidates. Do your research online, by phone, in person and through any other reliable source of media you can think of. Most job descriptions will list all of the qualifications that the Pharmacists are looking for; this will give you the information and knowledge necessary to become a Pharmacy Technician in the area of your choice. Here is an example of education requirements and job qualifications for a typical pharmacy in New York:
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent
- 1 year of previous experience as a pharmacy tech
- Must be flexible with schedule
- Ability to work independently, establish priorities, and meet deadlines consistently
- Basic math skills needed
- Know the names of common drugs (generic and brand) must have keen eye to recognize subtle differences in the names and numbers
After narrowing down your search, and finding the right Pharmacy (or Pharmacies) you want to apply for, contact the resident Pharmacist and get his or her specific advice on how to become a Pharmacy Technician within that Pharmacy. In addition to some requirements like drug testing that may be specific to that location, a New York Pharmacy Technician certification program will always be required. This will be one they either recommend or require you to take.
2. Step two is to find the right certification program for you, and one that is recognized and accepted by the Pharmacy you wish to work for. You can search for Pharmacy Technician programs at a community college, a technical institute, trade school, vocational school, and even at a university or online. All available programs vary in cost and in length form 6 month and one 1year certificates, to longer more extensive 2-year associate’s degrees.
3. After successfully graduating from a New York pharmacy technician certification program, most pharmacies in New York will require that you pass the national exam for pharmacy technicians, and maintain certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). In many cases the pharmacy you work for will offer to cover the cost of your exam fee. There are study guides for this exam, otherwise your on-the-job training and completion of a certification program should prepare you thoroughly. To take the exam you must register for it on the PTCB website at http://www.rxtrek.net/exam.htm. You must register 60 days before the test date. There are multiple test sites in your area, there will be a list of them on the PTCB website. All you will need for the exam are two things:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Exam fee of $ 129.00
4. After you have completed your formal training, passed the PTCB exam, and have become licensed, it is highly recommended that you join a professional organization that is specifically designed for Pharmacy Technicians. One of the more respected, and well recognized would be the “National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA)” or the “American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT). These professional organizations provide their members with all of the up to date news and evolving trends in the industry. Being a member will help Pharmacy Technicians in New York understand how to utilize developing technologies, and prepare them for future changes to laws and regulations in their state.
Professional Organizations related to becoming a Pharmacy Technician in New York
National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA)
They’re a solid, reputable organization for Pharmacy Technicians with all of the essential resources available for their members. NPTA provides excellent Continued Education Credit, and programs for further education in the Pharmacy Technician industry. Visit them online at, http://www.pharmacytechnician.org/
P.O. BOX 683148
Houston, TX 77268
New York State Education Department
(Office of the Professions)
This organization provides information related to laws, rules, regulations, consumer information, licensing requirements, renewal info., and continued education in the state of New York. Visit this website to find out more, http://www.op.nysed.gov/pharmguide.htm and become a member so you can keep up on in depth details of the pharmaceutical industry.
Office of the Professions
State Education Building
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817
Fax: (518) 474-1426