Pharmacy Technician Schools in Oklahoma

In recent years, rapid advancement in medical, have led to an increase demand for pharmacy technicians. The pharmacy technicians education council have stated that there are no federal and very few state education requirements for a person to work as a pharmacy technicians, except of course on the job training. However, it is believed that the chances for better job and salary package may improve if you have a degree.

Many institutes in Oklahoma offer programs for pharmacy technicians; Platt College Oklahoma, Ashworth College, Wichita Technical Institute, Vatterott College, Heritage College and more. Some of the institutes only offer diploma in pharmacy technician but most institutes propose an associate’s degree program. They may help to polish your skills in Pharmacology, Narcotic Controls, Pharmacy Law, Drug Compounding, IV Drug Preparation, Medical Terminology and much more. Many institutes have started online programs; from July 2011 an online search for pharmacy technician shows that almost 200 schools are offering associate’s degree programs. An associate’s degree program takes two years to complete and may contain of up to 95 credits.

After successfully holding a degree, one has to receive a permit before being hired. Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy requires registration and obligates any pharmacy technician to complete phase I (initial training) before receiving a permit. Phase I is referred to the pharmacy technician training program, which includes training includes the parameters of the pharmacy, its organizational chart and the roles of each individual within the department, customer service and communications techniques, reference sources, and the pharmacy library, as well as the duties that the pharmacy technician will be expected to perform, such as preparing medication.  Also covered will be the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, pharmacy rules and laws, and importantly, Drug Enforcement Administration rules and regulations.

A pharmacy technician may begin phase II on-the-job training which has to be completes within 90 days of receiving the permit and under the guidance and supervision of the licensed pharmacist. Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program upon receipt of a state permit, may be responsible for: receiving incoming prescriptions, transcribing physician’s orders, calculating dosages, using drug distribution systems, preparing IV’s, packaging medications, filling patient cassettes, labeling prescriptions, and interfacing with patients.

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