Pharmacy Technician Schools in Cincinnati, OH

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Pharmacy technicians are critical to the smooth running of a pharmacy. They serve as a bridge between pharmacists and patients by ensuring speedy and efficient service delivery, and easing the workload on pharmacists.

Cincinnati, located on the state line between Ohio and Kentucky is the third largest city in Ohio and has access to a number of elect hospitals, research centers, specialty clinics and pharmacies. This array of healthcare providers makes Cincinnati a great location to pursue a career in pharmacy technology.

Ohio Pharmacy Technician Requirements 

Registration is a requirement for pharmacy technicians in Ohio - click here to learn more about the registration requirements. Students have be of 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.  In addition, a criminal background check must have been completed no more than 24 months prior to the application submission.

Pharmacy Tech Salary and Job Outlook in Cincinnati, OH

Considering the latest stats on pharmacy technicians in the U.S, it is clear that the job outlook in Cincinnati is positive. Pharmacy technician jobs in the U.S was on the rise in 2019 and on course to create over 15,000 more jobs, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. The driving force behind this projected growth is attributed to an increase in popularity of prescription medication. Of the 422,300 pharmacy technicians in the U.S.A, 16,470 reside in Ohio out of which 3,490 are in Cincinnati.

Pharmacy technicians in Cincinnati make on average $29,470 annually and have an average hourly wage of $14.17. 10% of the workers earn $20,670 or less and another 10% make $42,040 or more yearly. This isn’t as high as the national average despite the comparatively high number of pharmacy technicians in Ohio.

In Ohio, pharmacy technicians make slightly more than $15 per hour and have a yearly average income of $30,200. 10% of these workers earn $21,650 or less, and another 10% earn $43,020 or more each year. This figure is at par with the national average but higher than the average in Cincinnati.

In the United States, the average pharmacy technicians make is $30,200 a year. 10% of the workers earn $24,120 or less or less and another 10% earn $49,130 or more annually. The national average too is considerably higher than that of Cincinnati. However, as demand for prescription medication continue to increase, so will be the number of pharmacy technician jobs and their average wages in Cincinnati and across the U.S.

Pharmacy Technician Schools in Cincinnati, OH

Graduating from a pharmacy technician training program is the fasted and easiest way to becoming a pharmacy tech. Below are schools that offer accredited pharmacy technician training programs in Cincinnati, Ohio state.

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A: Grant Career Center, 718 W Plane St., Bethel, OH 45106 | T: 513-734-6222

This Allied Health Science program provides medical training for prospective clinical health workers such as pharmacy technicians. It is a multi-disciplinary program that helps students find their strength and interest in a number of clinical health careers. Clinical hands-on training occurs on campus in the medical lab, or off-site in nearby health care facilities.

Students will spend 3 semester hours studying Medical Terminology and they must pass this course to receive a qualifying score in the exams. 

A semester hour refers to 15 50-minute classes. 3 semester hours mean 3X 15 50-minute classes, which amounts to 45 different classroom sessions lasting 50 minutes each.

Upon graduation, you'll be offered certifications known as the State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPR), and First Aid OSHA 10 Healthcare Industry Completion.

Here's a sample of the courses you are going to study under this program:

  • Principles of Allied Health
  • Patient centered care
  • Medical terminology
  • Health science and technology

A: 11590 Century Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH 45246 | T: 513-851-8500

The Ross Medical Center is a technical college that offers a 36-week ASHP accredited pharmacy technician certificate program in Cincinnati. 

You'll learn skills like counting pills, pharmaceutical and medical terminology, preparing IVs and various administrative tasks.

You'll spend 548 hours on didactic course work (lecture and discussion), another 172 hours on laboratory course work, and a further 180 hours on experimental training in either a community pharmacy such as Walgreens or CVS, hospital pharmacy or home health care pharmacy. 

The tuition cost for this program is $14,600, and which covers books and study materials, uniform, lab and other fees. In this training, students can practice hands-on sterile compounding in a clean room setting and a mock pharmacy environment. The instructor also gives students a one on one preparation to take certification exams. 

Requirements into the program include: Wonderlic assessment and a HS diploma.

A: 10100 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH. 45241 | T: (513) 569-1643

The pharmacy technician program certificate at the Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center is offered through their partnership with CareerStep and is completed online.

The  program is accredited by ASHP/ACPE American Society of Health-System Pharmacists /Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

It is a 520 hour course and is completely  self-paced meaning it can take 4 months if you study full time M-F or 12 months which is the initial training period.

The course helps students seeking employment in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, long term care facilities, clinics, medical insurance providers and hospitals. It also prepares students to sit and take any certification examination to that regard successfully, like the PTCB.

The course content covers medical terminology relating to pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and identifying drugs by generic and brand names. Students will know how to calculate dosage, dispense prescriptions, handle inventory, bill and reimburse prescriptions.

Students need a high school diploma or GED and expected tuition costs $2,999.

A: 375 Dixmyth Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45220 | T: 513-862-2743

The Pharmacy Technician Technical Certificate at the Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Sciences prepares students for employment in different pharmaceutical settings including retail, hospitals, and long-term care or rehab facilities. 

This is a three semester certificate program with an option to take classes part time or full time and have the choice to either complete it online or on-campus.

Through 630 contact hours (24 credit hours), students are equipped with knowledge and skills in basic pharmacology including the distribution of pharmaceutical products and maintaining records.  Students also get to complete a 210-hour practical experience at a hospital or a community based pharmacy as part of their externship.  Graduates are prepared to succeed in any certification examination such as the PTCB required for employment in the state of Ohio.

Tuition is $280.00 a credit hour, the entire program is 24 credit hours and the provider are in candidacy status to receive ASHP/ACPE advanced accreditation.

Salary and job outlook figures courtesy of US Department of Labor.

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  • Updated March 5, 2021
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