Tennessee Pharmacy Technician Schools, License & Certification
Tennessee, the "Volunteer State" is home to 12,740 salaried pharmacy technicians and offers ample job opportunities for aspiring pharmacy technicians being the country's second highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this profession.
If you are interested in becoming a pharmacy technician in Tennessee, there are several training programs for you to choose from: certificate programs (c. 9 months), diploma programs (c. 1-year) and an associate degree program (c. 2 years). Alternatively individuals can also take on-the-job-training under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Upon completion of a formal PhT program graduates can apply for entry-level jobs in retail and hospital pharmacies and pharmacies within medical and doctor's offices and even in pharmaceutical sales as well as being able to sit the national certification exams.
When researching pharmacy technician schools in Tennessee, best place to start is with your local community, technical or vocational college. If you don't live nowhere near any of these colleges your best alternative may be online pharmacy technician schools.
Tennessee Pharmacy Technician Schools
Contact one or a combination of two or three schools from the list below and request information relating to their training programs.
Remington College - Nashville 441 Donelson Pike, Suite 150 Nashville, TN 37214 Phone: (615) 889-5520
Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis 550 Alabama Avenue Memphis, TN 38105-3604 Phone: (901) 543-6086
Walters State Community College 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway Morristown, TN 37813-6899 Phone: (423) 318-2757
Tennessee pharmacy technician certification requirements
PTCB certification is recognized but not mandatory in the state of Tennessee. Completing a formal training program will equip students to sit the PTCB exam. Holding certification whilst a voluntary process will often result in higher wages since employers prefer to hire those with national certification. In fact, 10,415 is the number of actively PTCB CPhTs (certified technicians) that currently reside in this state.
Tennessee pharmacy technician license requirements
Registration with the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy is required before you take up employment in a pharmacy.
What does a pharmacy technician make in Tennessee?
The *average Tennessee pharmacy technician salary is $14.51 per hour or $30,190 per year. An entry level pharmacy technician in TN earns an average of $10.27 per hour whilst an experienced and/or certified pharmacy technician can earn upwards of $21.98 per hour depending on amount of years of experience and the work setting (e.g. hospital or retail).
Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment & Wages database.