Maine Pharmacy Technician Schools, Certification and Salaries
Formal training is required for anyone who wishes to work as a pharmacy tech in Maine. There are no pre-requisities and a high school diploma or GED is the min. requirement to enroll in programs found in Maine pharmacy technician schools or community college. Upon completion of a formal training program graduates are prepared to apply for entry-level employment in retail and hospital pharmacies and pharmacies within medical and doctor's offices. Some employers hire individuals and provide formal training on the job, however most prefer to hire either graduates with knowledge of medical terminology and/or prior pharmacy experience.
Individuals will cover classes in Pharmaceutical Calculations (ratio and proportion, dilution and concentration, milliequivalent units, intravenous flow rates, Metric system and percentages are studied), Institutional Pharmacy Practice (inpatient drug distribution systems, drug storage, and inventory control along with home care practice, long term care, and acute care practice are also covered) and much much more including an externship of around 170 hours.
Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Rd, South Portland, ME 04106. Phone: 207-741-5500
What does a pharmacy technician earn in Maine?
The *average Maine pharmacy technician salary in 2016 is $14.56 per hour or $30,280 per annum. An entry level pharmacy tech in ME earns between $10.25 and $12.66 whilst an experienced and/or certified pharmacy tech earns between $16.00 to $18.93 per hour.
Maine pharmacy technician certification requirements
Certification is not a requirement in the state of Maine for trainee pharmacy techs, however for "pharmacy technician advanced", a designation for those with experience in the field are required to take and pass the PTCB (PTCE) certification exam.
Maine pharmacy technician license requirements
Registration and licensure is required for pharmacy technicians in order to work anywhere in the state of Maine. Application forms can are made to the Maine Board of Pharmacy.
*Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment & Wages database.