Find out the 10 key skill areas our students learn to be ready for work
With new medications being developed and new technologies transforming the world of healthcare, the field of pharmacy is constantly changing. Pharmacists are not the only ones who have to keep up with these changes. Pharmacy technicians also play an important role in our healthcare system. Every day they help to serve patients, assist pharmacists, communicate with insurance companies, and work with healthcare providers.
How do you become a pharmacy technician? There are training programs throughout the country, including one that is located right in New Bedford, Massachusetts. With a 75-year history in Massachusetts, the Salter School offers a pharm tech training program that prepares students with the background knowledge and practical skills they need to begin a career in this field.
The program trains students on the responsibilities of a pharmacy technician, and includes hands-on opportunities to work with the materials and equipment that are used in most pharmacies. The curriculum focuses on the following 10 areas in order to prepare students with the skills they need to begin working in this field:
- Human anatomy and common medical terminology
- Common medications: how and when they are prescribed
- Over-the-counter (OTC) medications: how they are used
- Understanding how medicine works in the body (pharmacokinetics)
- IV medications, compounds, and suspensions
- Reading and understanding prescriptions
- Correct methods for measuring and counting medication
- Methods for processing prescriptions, insurance claims, and payment issues
- Understanding HIPAA regulations, ethics, and patient privacy concerns
- Developing strong customer service skills
Where do most pharmacy technicians work? Most work in community pharmacies and large retail pharmacies, but some also work in hospital pharmacies or at mail-order pharmacy companies.
Enrolling at the Salter School
If the field of pharmacy sounds like a good fit for you, you can considering enrolling in the pharmacy technician training program at the Salter School’s New Bedford campus. No experience is necessary. We just ask that you have a high school diploma or equivalent, and a commitment to your schooling. After you enroll, the instructors at the Salter School will get you started in your classes, and within about a year’s time, you could be on your way to a new career.
To get started, complete our information request form. This online form will let us know that you are interested, and one of our representatives will contact you shortly to answer your questions.