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Massachusetts Pharmacy Technician Schools

Pharmacy Technician Registration

Required
  1. must be at least 18 years of age;
  2. must be a high school graduate or the equivalent or currently enrolled in a program which awards such degree or certificate;
  3. must be of good moral character;
  4. must not been convicted of a drug related felony or admitted to sufficient facts to warrant such findings.

Pharmacy Technician Training

Required
  • Training/Experience Requirement. An applicant for registration as a pharmacy technician must meet the following training program or experience requirements:
  • have successfully completed a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program, which training program shall include coverage of the topics of job descriptions, pharmacy security, commonly used medical abbreviations, routes of administration, product selection, final check by pharmacists, guidelines for the use of pharmacy technicians, and any other requirements of the Board. Training programs which may be approved by the Board include:
    1. a pharmacy technician training program accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists;
    2. a pharmacy technician training program provided by a branch of the United States Armed Services or Public Health Service;
    3. a Board-approved pharmacy technician training program which includes a minimum of 240 hours of theoretical and practical instruction; provided a minimum of 120 training hours are in theoretical instruction in a curriculum; or
    4. any other pharmacy technician training course approved by the Board; or
    5. have successfully completed a minimum of 500 hours of employment as a pharmacy technician trainee. Documentation of completion of the required 500 hours of experience shall be attested to by the applicant under the pains and penalties of perjury and witnessed by the employer
  • A pharmacist may train a pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician trainee through an on-the-job training program.
  • All such training programs shall comply with written guidelines formulated by the pharmacy or pharmacy department in a manner consistent with professional, ethical, and legal standards of proper pharmacy practice. Copies of training program guidelines shall be provided to the Board on request.

Pharmacy Technician Examination Requirement

Required
  • An applicant for registration as a pharmacy technician must achieve a Board-approved passing score on either:
  1. a Board-approved pharmacy technician assessment examination administered by the employer or the employer�s agent. The examination must cover the following knowledge based areas:
    1. practice settings;
    2. duties and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician in relationship to other pharmacy personnel;
    3. laws and regulations regarding the practice of pharmacy and patient confidentiality;
    4. medical abbreviations and symbols;
    5. common dosage calculations; and
    6. identification of drugs, dosages, routes of administration, and storage requirements;
  2. a Board-approved national technician certification examination.

Certified Pharmacy Technicians

(1) Qualifications.
  1. A pharmacy technician currently:
    1. registered by the Board; and
    2. certified by a Board-approved certifying body may perform the duties as authorized to be performed by a certified pharmacy technician.
  2. At any time that certification lapses, the certified pharmacy technician:
    1. is limited to performing the functions of a pharmacy technician;
    2. must use the title "pharmacy technician" and be limited to performing the duties authorized to be performed by pharmacy technicians.and
    3. must be counted as a "pharmacy technician" in calculating supervisory ratios.

Michigan Pharmacy Technician Salary*

*From Bureau of Labor Statistics - May 2011
  • Hourly Average Salary: $13.24
  • Annual Average Salary: $27,530
  • Employment: 12,010

Masschusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy

  • Mission Statement:
    To promote, preserve, and protect the public health, safety, and welfare by fostering the provision of quality pharmaceutical care to the citizens of Massachusetts through the regulation of the practice of pharmacy, the operation of pharmacies, and the distribution of prescription drugs in the public interest.
  • Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy
  • Division of Health Professions Licensure
  • 239 Causeway Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200
  • Boston, MA 02114
  • Phone: 800.414.0168
  • Massachusetts Board
of Registration in Pharmacy
  • Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy

Massachusetts Pharmacists Association

  • Massachusetts Pharmacists Association is a state professional association dedicated to serving pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, and pharmacy school educators in Massachusetts.
  • The mission of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association is to promote and enhance the profession of pharmacy and the practice standards of its practitioners. Further, the Association shall endeavor to heighten the public's perception of the profession of pharmacy and pharmacists, and to promote the value of pharmacy services to the health and welfare of the general public.

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