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Washington Pharmacy Technician Schools

Pharmacy Technician Registration Requirement

Required
  • Pharmacy technician certification | registration.
    To become certified as a pharmacy technician, an individual must apply to the board for certification. The application must include:
  • A statement signed by the program director verifying the applicant has successfully completed the board-approved pharmacy technician training program.
  • Proof of passing a board-approved national standardized pharmacy technician certification examination.
  • Applicant must submit proof of HIV/AIDS training.

Pharmacy Technician education and training requirements

Required
  1. Applicants must obtain education and training from one of the following:
    1. Formal academic pharmacy technician training program approved by the board.
    2. On-the-job pharmacy technician training program approved by the board.
  2. The minimum educational prerequisite for entering a training program shall be high school graduation or G.E.D.
  3. Applicants must pass a board-approved national standardized pharmacy technician certification examination.
  4. An out-of-state pharmacy technician applicant must meet the same requirements as a pharmacy technician trained in this state. The board must approve training programs approved in other states.
  5. Applicants whose academic training has been obtained in foreign countries shall meet certification requirements as listed below:
    1. Foreign pharmacy school graduates. Board approval of program completed for the degree.
    2. Foreign medical school graduates. Board approval of program completed for the degree.
    3. All foreign graduates for whom English is not the primary language shall provide proof of receiving a score of at least 173 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) prior to certification.
    4. Foreign trained applicants must earn 520 hours of supervised experience in an approved pharmacy technician training program.
  6. Prior to performing specialized functions, pharmacy technicians shall complete specialized training and meet proficiency criteria set forth by the board.
    1. Unit-dose medication checking. The training proficiency criteria requires demonstration of 99% accuracy in medication checking.
    2. Intravenous admixture preparation. The training proficiency criteria requires demonstration of 100% accuracy in intravenous admixture preparation of a representative sample of preparations provided by the facility using aseptic technique.
  • Legal Aspects of Pharmacy Practice
  • Affidavit of 8 hours Washington State pharmacy law study.

Pharmacist to pharmacy technician ratio

  1. A standard ratio of one pharmacist to a maximum of three technicians is established for each licensed pharmacy.
  2. The pharmacist must be actively practicing pharmacy.
  3. In determining which pharmacists may be included in the calculation of the ratio, the board will consider approval of pharmacy technician utilization plans which include all pharmacists within the pharmacy who are engaged in the actual practice of pharmacy. When the pharmacy provides service to inpatients of a hospital or extended care facility, pharmacists who are practicing pharmacy outside of the confines of the licensed pharmacy (for example, performing nursing unit inspections, reviewing charts, consulting with health professional staff) may be included in the ratio, if:
    1. There are sufficient numbers of pharmacists within the pharmacy to properly supervise the work of the pharmacy technicians;
    2. The pharmacy is not open to the public;
    3. The medications are being checked by another health professional before being given to the patient;
    4. Drug orders are not dispensed from the pharmacy without being checked by a licensed pharmacist or pharmacy intern except for board-approved pharmacy technician specialized functions provided a pharmacy technician may check unit-dose medication cassettes.

Pharmacy Technician Renewal Requirements

Required
  • Pharmacy technicians must renew their certification annually on or before their birthday by submitting the renewal card and current renewal fee.
  • dated by the program director we have in our technician training database and in the licensing system for the firm where training took place. (Washington state)
  • out-of-state approved programs must include a verification of law study form attached to the application as well as a certificate of completion/diploma verifying completion of the tech training program.

Washington Pharmacy Technician Salary*

*From Bureau of Labor Statistics - May 2011
  • Hourly Average Salary: $18.46
  • Annual Average Salary: $38,390
  • Employment: 8,540

Washington Pharmacist Salary*

*From Bureau of Labor Statistics - May 2011
  • Hourly Average Salary: $53.15
  • Annual Average Salary: $110,550
  • Employment: 5,870

Washington Board of Pharmacy

  • Mission:
    The mission of the Board of Pharmacy is to promote public health and safety by establishing the highest standards in the practice of pharmacy and to advocate for patient safety through effective communication with the public, profession, Department of Health, Governor, and the Legislature.

Washington State Pharmacy Association

  • Mission:
    The mission of Washington State Pharmacy Association is to support and advance the practice of pharmacy to ensure that the public receives optimal medication therapy management.

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