Pharmacy Technician Schools in West Palm Beach, FL

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The need for pharmacy technicians in West Palm Beach, Florida have increased in recent years. In 2016, there were 27,750 employees in this occupation and is predicted that by the year 2026, there will be 33.960 pharmacy technician employees, with an estimated 2,990 jobs available each year; a projected growth rate of 22 percent.

For individuals who are interested in obtaining a career as a pharmacy technician, there are three schools that offer training programs for this occupation in West Palm Beach.

Requirements to be a Pharmacy Technician in West Palm Beach, FL

In order to obtain a license as a registered pharmacy technician in the state of Florida, including the city of West Palm Beach, you must meet a set of criteria that is defined in Section 465.014, Florida Statutes. These requirements are as follows:

  • The completion of a Board of Pharmacy approved pharmacy technician training program. This requirement is statutory, meaning that the requirement cannot be petitioned or waived.
  • All applicants must be a minimum of 17 years old. 

The pharmacy technician training program must be accredited by either a regional or national accrediting agency, a regional or national institutional accrediting agency, or a specialized accrediting agency that is recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education. Many of both employer- and non-employer-based training programs are Board approved, too. It’s important to note that Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) may not be used as an alternative to the completion of a pharmacy technician training program that is Board-approved.

Additionally, if any of the following apply to applicants, they must submit documentation that outlines their situation:

  • Disciplinary actions
  • Mental health conditions
  • Criminal history

Pharmacy Tech Salary and Job Outlook in West Palm Beach, FL

Pharmacy Technician Schools in West Palm Beach, FL

The pharmacy technician occupation has experienced rapid growth in the United States and in the State of Florida in recent years. In 2018, there were a total of 420,400 professionals employed in the field and in 2028, it is projected that there will be 451,900 employees nationally with an estimated 38,300 job openings made available each year; a projected growth rate of 8 percent over the course of a decade, a faster than average projected growth rate.

In 2016, there were 27,750 pharmacy technicians employed in the State of Florida. By 2026, it is projected that there will be 33,960 employees in the field, with an estimated 2,990 new jobs available each year; a projected growth rate of 22 percent. 

In regard to wages, the average annual salary for pharmacy technicians in West Palm Beach, FL is slightly higher than the national average; $33,980 in West Palm Beach compared to $33,950 nationally. Ten percent of pharmacy technicians earn an annual wage of $44,990 or higher, which is slightly lower than the $49,130 the highest earnings rate on a national level. Ten percent of employees in the field earn $25,060 or less per year, which is slightly better than the national average of $24,120 or less. 

Here's a quick overview of a pharmacy tech wages in 2019 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the West Palm Beach metro area, Florida state and the United States. 

Location

Annual wages

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

$33,980

Florida 

$32,750

United States

$33,950

Pharmacy Technician Schools in West Palm Beach, FL

If you are interested in a career as a pharmacy technician in West Palm Beach, FL, there are three schools that provide training programs for this occupation in the local area. Below, we provide an overview of the pharmacy technician schools, including prerequisite requirements for entry into the programs and what each training program entails.

Southeastern College [West Palm Beach Campus]

? 1756 North Congress Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33409 | ☎ 561 433 2330

The West Palm Beach Campus of Southeastern College offers an Associates in Pharmacy Technology program. The program teaches students how to assist pharmacists with the packing and distribution of patient medications. Students will also acquire the technical skills that are necessary for direct employment in this field.

Those who successfully complete the program can seek employment in private and public hospital pharmacies, nursing home facilities, and small, local pharmacies, as well as large chain drug stores, and any other organization that offers pharmacology services. Students who earn their Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology at Southeastern College will be eligible to have their entered for consideration as a Registered Pharmacy Technician to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Prerequisites for the program include: 

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of an entrance exam
  • Background check and drug screening, if deemed necessary

Students must complete 39 credit hours in their major and 24 credit hours in their General Education courses for a total of 63 credit hours. Full-time students can complete the program in 18 months and part-time students can complete it in 26 months.

Medical Institute of Palm Beach  [Greenacres, FL Campus]

? 5821-B Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, FL, 33463 | ☎ 561 964 5148

The pharmacy technician training program at the Medical Institute of Palm Beach provides students with the academic and hands-on experience that they will need to obtain an entry-level position in the field. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to dispense medications and provide pharmacist support at all types of locations that offer pharmacological services. Students will be assigned an admissions representative who will guide them throughout the training program.

Prerequisite requirements for this program include:

  • Students must be at least 17 years of age before beginning classes
  • A high school diploma or an authentic academic transcript, which, if necessary, must be accompanied by an English translation
  • Authenticated transcripts from any colleges or universities that a student may have previously attended
  • A completed enrollment application, which will be reviewed by the Admissions Department.

Classes are comprised of no more than 15 students and the program is completed in 6 months.

Palm Beach State College [Lake Worth, FL - Online]

? 4200 Congress Age, MS #60, Lake Worth, FL 33461 | ☎ (561) 207-5000

Students of the pharmacy technician training program offered at Palm Beach State College will acquire the skills that are needed to obtain an entry-level position as either a pharmacy tech or pharmacy clerk. This program’s coursework covers the laws and regulations that govern pharmacies and how to effectively and efficiently communicate with customers and handle their needs. Students will also learn how they can improve their prospects for a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). The program is completely online and includes 12 lessons. Lessons focus on topics that are directly related to pharmacology. 

Students can complete their coursework on either a PC (Windows 8 or higher) or a Mac (OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later). The most recent version of Chrome or Firefox are the preferred browsers; however Edge and Safari are also compatible. Software will need to be installed and operational prior to beginning the program. There are no prerequisite requirements for this course. 

Sources:

  • O*Net Online: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians,
    on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm
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