In Idaho, 1,566 pharmacy technicians work in this large occupation, the median wage is $30,500 and there are around 70 job openings each year. Due to the demand, it is considered a "very fast growth" career. (Idaho CIS 2014)
The Pharmacy Technician program allows high school students to receive training to begin a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The course utilizes an American Council of Pharmacy Educators (ACPE)-accredited on-line Pass Assured Pharmacy Technician Training curriculum which prepares students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s national PTCB Exam. In addition, students can earn the opportunity to engage in local pharmacy business externships, where they practice and apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting under the direction and supervision of local business partnerships. Another quality component comes through a special arrangement and strong partnership between the West Ada School District and Idaho State University's (ISU) Meridian Health Service Center's college which allows students to learn and practice lab skills in ISU's state-of-art compounding pharmacy lab facility where students receive direct hands-on instruction from college pharmacy faculty members.
Requirements to enter the culminating senior capstone class, Pharmacy Technician, includes completing Health Professions I/Sports Medicine I and Algebra II as the minimum level math class. In addition to these prerequisite courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete Medical Terminology as well as Chemistry since both classes cover relevant applicable knowledge needed to be successful in this career field. Once a student is 18 years of age, they are eligible to obtain the required fingerprinting and background checks and sit for the PTCB National Exam.
For complete details, see the current Course Description Handbook
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