Why Offering Pharmacy Technician Training and Certification is Crucial
Posted by Des Sinkevich on January 28, 2021
Coupled with this increased demand, however, is a noticeable lack of qualified applicants to fill much-needed positions and more limited opportunities for proper training in the field due to social distancing measures and employee bandwidth. Because of this lack, it’s the perfect time to bolster your course offerings with pharmacy technician training that can provide a pathway to employment and certification for your students and clients.
The growing need for skilled pharmacy technicians
This growing need for skilled technicians is even more urgent since the Department of Health authorized qualified pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations as part of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act. The change acknowledges that pharmacists, in coordination with trained pharmacy technicians, have established relationships with patients and are well-positioned to offer guidance and quality immunizations. Additionally, allowing pharmacies to administer the COVID-19 vaccines is an important mitigation effort – with 90% of people living within five miles of a retail pharmacy, travel for those patients seeking vaccination would be minimal.
Since October 2020, retail pharmacies like CVS Health have been preparing for the opportunity to administer immunizations, hiring 10,000 full and part-time pharmacy technicians to bolster the number of those authorized to vaccinate customers. Other major pharmacies across the country like Walgreens and Rite Aid are expected to see a hiring boost as they’ve also entered into a contract with the CDC to be one of the official COVID-19 vaccination program providers. This means thousands of job opportunities for qualified pharmacy technicians across the country.
What makes a pharmacy technician qualified
For some states, pharmacy technicians don’t need formal training or licensure. In others, they need to be registered with the state board and hold certification in the industry. But whether or not your state requires formal training and education in the role, having techs who are already knowledgeable and ready to work will speed the onboarding process and allow the pharmacy to efficiently increase the number of immunizations they’re able to provide daily. That’s why providing pharmacy technician training is more crucial than ever right now. But can training programs allow for the quick turnaround needed to staff pharmacies while still building essential skills and preparing learners for certification? Some digital training programs absolutely can.
Rapidly prepare learners to take on vital roles in pharmacies
The ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Technician Professional course covers essential knowledge in pharmacology, sterile and non-sterile compounding, and pharmacy law and regulations. Through flexible, online course work and interactive simulations, as well as hands-on practical labs, learners can prepare to be effective employees while pursuing certification. Offering digital training can provide an in-demand career path option for learners while also filling a crucial role in mitigating the further impact of the pandemic through immunization. If your organization wants to ramp up training offerings for pharmacy technicians, there’s no better time than now. Contact a Penn Foster training expert today to learn more.