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Are there any pharmacy technicians here?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by ablankstare, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. ablankstare


    Feb 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    How do you get a liscence? I've heard you can take a few courses and take some certifciation exam to become one. Can you explain to me the process in becoming a pham tech?
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  3. jdhwsu

    jdhwsu 2+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    It depends on where you want to be a pharmacy tech. In Idaho, they just sent me my license after working for so many hours. In Washington they have A-tech and B-tech status. It all depends. Are you in NY? I don't know about their procedures.
  4. cycloketocaine

    cycloketocaine 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    The Boonies
    In the great state of Oklahoma, you need a pulse, 40 dollars, and a supervising pharmacists' signature for a license. That's it.
  5. longstech

    longstech Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    In CA you can either take the PTCB test or go to school for it, (I think it's like 9-11 months), submit the paperwork to the state board with a live scan and some fees.
  6. parabolic

    parabolic One of many 2+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Could you please tell me, what is the difference between A-tech and B-tech? Just experience, or something else?

    Edit: ablankstare, I am a pharm tech in NY, and neither a license nor certification were necessary to get the job. I basically just walked in and applied, and was offered the position following an interview and criminal background check.
  7. pharmacygirl


    Feb 26, 2007
    In ga all you have to do is apply for employment with a company. The retail chain I work at trained me and then later on I took th PTCB test and became certified. Got a nice raise for passing the test too.
  8. piyi

    piyi 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    In Indiana, you just apply for it; you don't even have to be a pharmacy technician--how messed up is that?? I wanted to work in a hospital pharmacy so I called the outpatient pharmacy and asked them what I would need to work there. They told me that I would have to already have a license, so she gave me the website where I could get one. I just went on there, applied for it, and got it. After I actually got hired at a retail pharmacy, that was the same license I used until it expired after two years; then I just renewed it.
  9. ablankstare


    Feb 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Thanks for replying. Do you work in a chain pharmacy like Rite Aid or Walgreens? What is the process of getting certified? Working a certain amount of hours and taking the test? Do you have to take additional courses or take home material to study for it?
  10. SCCpharm

    SCCpharm 10+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I just signed up on the web to take the PTCB test at Then, studied a book I bought for a few days and passed. The test is pretty easy. There are no required hours of work experience to take the test.
  11. collegegrrl06

    collegegrrl06 2+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    That's what I plan on doing...I just ordered my book last night. How long did you study? Do you need to know all of those drugs?
  12. RoBear

    RoBear New Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    As far as Washington goes that A and B tech business is out the window. You have assistants and technicians that's it. The assistants are basically cashiers, they cannot handle medications (retrieving meds, pouring/counting etc..) I've been a pharmacy tech for over 2 years for Kaiser. I went through a formal college program (which you have to) you cannot simply take the PTCB and become a licensed tech. However, I did become nationally certified as well (the more credentials the better).
  13. AtomicLuv

    AtomicLuv Member 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2006
    Hey all,

    does anyone know what has has to be done in NY to become a pharm tech?

    Is the ptcb exam necessary to begin work as one here?

    Thanks! :)
  14. AtomicLuv

    AtomicLuv Member 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2006
    one more thing, I meant NYC!
  15. tussionex

    tussionex Pharmacist 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    po-town, NY
    in NY, you need a pulse and no criminal background. the state of NY does not recognize technicians...they are considered "unlicensed personnel"

    however, my techs get a nice raise for taking and passing the PTCB

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