Career Outlook for a Pharmacy Technician
As pharmacies expand patient care services, the role of—and need for— pharmacy technicians will grow. Job prospects are projected to increase 12% faster than the national average through 2026.
What is the Difference Between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacy Technician?
A Pharmacist is one who is licensed to prepare and dispense medications, counsel patients, and monitor outcomes of a prescription from a licensed health professional; students wishing to become a pharmacist would enroll in Schoolcraft’s Associate Degree Program in Pre-Pharmacy.
A Pharmacy Technician is an individual working in a pharmacy who, assists in activities not requiring the professional judgment of a pharmacist; also called the pharmacy tech or tech; students wishing to become a pharmacy technician would enroll in the Pharmacy Technician program.
A pharmacy technician is different from a pharmacist and assists the pharmacist in many ways:
In a drug store setting, technicians:
In a hospital setting, technicians:
All of these activities require a knowledge of drugs and how they work.
How much does it cost?
Following are the estimated program costs for a single semester skills certificate:
*Estimate of Tuition and Fees is based on 16 credit hours and does not include textbooks, exam or license fees. The above figures are based on 2018-19 rates and are subject to change.
Note: Students may take the pharmacy technician certification exam after one semester and
are trained to work in one practice setting (i.e. a drug store or a hospital).
Following are the estimated program costs for a two-semester full certificate:
*Estimate of Tuition and Fees is based on 29 credit hours and does not include textbooks. The above figures are based on 2017-18 rates and are subject to change.
Note: Students who earn the full certificate are trained to work in any practice setting (i.e. a drug store, hospital or other settings).
How long does it take?
As little as one, 15-week semester! All courses are offered for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program are offered in both the Fall and Winter semester of each year.
The program takes three semesters to complete: Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters
Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings allowing you to work afternoons and evenings
The Certification Exam can be taken right at the Schoolcraft Testing Center
Structured program and licensed pharmacist instructors guide you through all coursework
Certified pharmacy technicians assist in learning actual skills