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Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists across the United States as they take on increasingly important roles in our healthcare system. That means pharmacy technicians are stepping up to more responsibility, a development that has led to increasing demand for these valuable technicians. That demand has students asking — how long does it take to become a pharmacy technician?

The Praxis Institute offers an accelerated pharmacy technician program where students can earn a diploma in the Miami, Florida, area. Here, we discuss the steps required to become a pharmacy technician and how long the process may take.

Pharmacy Technician Training at The Praxis Institute

Students who enroll in our pharmacy technician diploma program develop an understanding of numerous key topics to pursue a career upon graduation. Our graduates have the skills necessary to seek work in various settings, including retail, hospital, and community pharmacies.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technician requirements in most states include earning a high school diploma or GED, as well as attending formal training through an accredited educational institution or in-house training program. The pharmacy technician program at The Praxis Institute is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

There are several more benefits to the program for pharmacy technician students at The Praxis Institute. An externship is required, which provides important networking opportunities in addition to real-world experience working in the industry. Additionally, the program provides an option to become trained in pharmaceutical compounding, a specialized skill often in demand.

Additionally, as The Praxis Institute is a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (PTCB CSPT) education and training provider, the program prepares students for certification in compounding. Therefore, graduates of our diploma program are eligible for this certification after just one year of experience with full-time sterile compounding as long as they meet all other criteria to qualify.

Pharmacy Technician Certification

When you graduate from an accredited pharmacy technician program, the next step is to take an exam for national certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCE). Upon successfully passing the exam, you will become a Certified Pharmacy Technician and be ready to start working.

Some students may know exactly what kind of pharmaceutical work they want to do, while others may sample a few different work environments, as the profession offers mobility. Technicians who earn national certification often qualify for state certification. However, each state’s board of pharmacy determines which regulations govern pharmacy technicians in the state. Continuing education credits must be earned for a recertification every two years.

The Praxis Institute conducts program reviews to make sure graduates are ready to take the national certification exam. Students who pass the exam soon after earning their diploma are ready to start the career of their choice. The career services department offers resources, assistance, and guidance to help students find work after their healthcare training program at The Praxis Institute.

Explore the Pharmacy Technician Program at The Praxis Institute

In less than one year of study and hands-on training with the experienced, enthusiastic teaching staff at The Praxis Institute, students earn their diplomas as pharmacy technicians. We offer our pharmacy technician diploma program at both of our campus locations in Miami and Hialeah, Florida. We want our students to succeed and find fulfilling careers, so we provide teaching and resources that help them pass required exams and start working in the field of their choice. Our fast enrollment process allows students to register practically every week, and we provide flexible scheduling and competitive pricing. For more information about the pharmacy technician program, contact us today.