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What is the highest level of education I need to be a Pharm Tech?

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I'm a student at Job Corps Training to be a Pharm Tech and wanted to know what is the highest level of education needed. #tech #pharmtech #education

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Andy’s Answer

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I have to preface this answer by saying that it was many years ago - about 2005 so many laws and regulations could have changed since then. My experience was also in the state of Missouri and I believe licensing is different state by state.

I was previously an assistant manager at Walgreens and at the time, they required all managers to be licensed pharmacy technicians in order to help out when the pharmacy was very busy. At the time I had a bachelors degree, but don't recall there being a required minimum education level.

If you're interested in working at a retail pharmacy, I would suggest talking to a manager or pharmacist at a local pharmacy. During my time as a manger, we had employees that moved between the store and the pharmacy.
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Robert’s Answer

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High school diploma or G.E.D. combined with a 6 week training program and a state licensure exam.

Robert recommends the following next steps:

  • First,graduate high school or get a G.E.D. . In order to become a pharmacy tech., the minimum education required is a high school diploma.
  • In my state (Massachusetts) and I assume in most other states, a pharmacy tech must successfully pass a 6 week training program.
  • These programs are usually offered at either community colleges or for-profit training facilities.
  • I suggest a community college (I am an advisor at one of these) for two reasons. One, C.C.'s are much less expensive than a for-profit training school. Two, many C.C.'s, including my own, have relationships with large pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreen's, who will pay part of your tuition and depending upon demand, will employ you after graduation.
  • Keep in mind, most states have a licensure exam all graduates must pass prior to working as a pharmacy technician, so you'll need to study hard. The good news is, the pass rate is very high for this exam so if you show up for classes and do your homework, it shouldn't be too difficult for you.
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