can high school student be a pharmacy technician?

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I'm high school student..

and I really hope I can go to pharmacy school..

can I become a pharmacy technician?

I know there is a test to take.. but other than that..

I'm not sure if I have be a college student or older to be a pharmacy

technician..
 
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I'm high school student..

and I really hope I can go to pharmacy school..

can I become a pharmacy technician?

I know there is a test to take.. but other than that..

I'm not sure if I have be a college student or older to be a pharmacy

technician..


The easiest way to become a licensed pharmacy tech is to take the PTCE (Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam).

Passing PTCE means you are a nationally certified tech. You'll get a certificate in mail a month after you take the exam.

In the state of California, you can apply for pharmacy technician license by sending California Board of Pharmacy a copy of your PTCB (pharmacy Technician Certification Board) certificate, finger prints, and an application fee.


To take the PTCE, you would need to have your GED or High School Diploma(its one of the requirements).

The loophole here is, when I applied to take the exam 3 years ago, I was not required to send in a copy of my high school diploma. Other than age, I don't see how PTCB can check if a person got his or her HS diploma.

Perhpas the rules have changed.

Please check PTCB's website for new rules and regulations

www.ptcb.org
 

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Like others have said it depends on the state. In Illinois, a 16/17 yo can become a tech. However, there is this new requirement that requires techs to become certified 2 years after receiving their license. The only exam which currently meets the requires is the PTCE, and they require a high school diploma/GED.
 

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It depends not only on your state laws and regulations but also the company you are looking at working for. My employer appears to prefer older people, they require someone to be 18 at least but I'm the youngest and I'm almost 24. That's at my actual store, I can't vouch for the other locations they have.
 
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