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robert safner in somers, Connecticut

60 months ago

i was lucky becasue after i got laid off after 23 years of service i was able to go back to school under wia, worker ivestment act. so my 14 week course was free. i didn't pay for my 3 books either. we had a great teacher with 15 people in my class. i loved my class. and i passed the borad test as well as a nha exam. i am not having any luck finding my first job. i am working with the state of ct to find a job.

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kalila in Stanton, California

53 months ago

im currently enrolled in a pharmacy tech program that is completely free here in orange county, ca. i am 2 classes away from being done.

i know what you mean by the schools being a scam...you can definitely get trained as a pharmacy tech at one of these community pharmacies..the only thing is for me personally my long term goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy as they get paid wayyyy more than a tech at cvs or walgreens. or even working at a long term care pharmacy mixing iv's etc.

no hospital is going to hire someone with no experience or education credentials.

theres a big difference between cvs/walgreens and working for an actual hospital pharmacy.

hope that info helps..

good luck to all

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Kyle in Lebanon, Oregon

51 months ago

I am finding it hard to get a PhT job without some kind of formal training. Hospitals will not hardly talk to me after finding out that I have not yet received a formal education in PhT. Some hospitals actually require a Bachelor of Science just to be a Pharmacy tech.

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mammy d in Rose Hill, Kansas

41 months ago

mynhii in Oakland, California said: My level of math is trigonometry. I don't have any knowledge of drugs and their effects. Do you think I can pass the exam?

Can you please give me the title of the books you used to study for the certification test? Thank you.

you studied for 20 minutes and passed the ptsb??? If your gonna offer information to people at least try and be truthful when doing so.

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pharmtech_instructor04@yahoo.com in Buna, Texas

41 months ago

Hey, do u want to pass the PTCB? I have the complete PTCB handouts and you're gonna pass the PTCE w/o going to school.. just study the handouts that I am selling! let me know if u are interested, u can email me: pharmtech_instructor04@yahoo.com
I will teach you the calculations for pharm tech curriculum for free once u purchase my PTCE handouts reviewer guide!

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BOSSDJ 20 in Phoenix, Arizona

41 months ago

Hi. I just made an account on here and read a few comments on pharm schools/programs. I have been interested in the position since high school and am a sophmore in college right now. I am currently in a clinical lab science program and i'm in the process of putting it on hold to take a pharmacy tech class at Scottsdale business institute. The class is actually a great deal because it is about $900 to become enrolled and they supply you in full with books and all the materials you will need. The class is about four months and prepares you for the test. I haven't taken the class yet but it starts at the end of January. For those of you looking for some tech programs to get certified so you can have a better pay rate starting your job I suggest researching this program at Scottsdale Business Institute. They offer a variety of classes for any type of field you are looking into. They even offer accelerated classes so it will be swift and you get done with your cert in no time..

Well hopefully it will be smooth sailing for me and I get through it all successfully.

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starving in La Habra, California

41 months ago

BOSSDJ 20 in Phoenix, Arizona said: Hi. I just made an account on here and read a few comments on pharm schools/programs. I have been interested in the position since high school and am a sophmore in college right now. I am currently in a clinical lab science program and i'm in the process of putting it on hold to take a pharmacy tech class at Scottsdale business institute. The class is actually a great deal because it is about $900 to become enrolled and they supply you in full with books and all the materials you will need. The class is about four months and prepares you for the test. I haven't taken the class yet but it starts at the end of January. For those of you looking for some tech programs to get certified so you can have a better pay rate starting your job I suggest researching this program at Scottsdale Business Institute. They offer a variety of classes for any type of field you are looking into. They even offer accelerated classes so it will be swift and you get done with your cert in no time..

Well hopefully it will be smooth sailing for me and I get through it all successfully.

Many things wrong with what you have said, don't put your current school down pharmacy technician classes are extremely easy and can be done still going to university full time and work full time. You will regret miserably putting your current school on hold. Certification is obtained through the easiest test ever you can pass it hung over and tired with barely studying that same day. Also this field is not smooth sailing

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JaneJefferson 20 in Phoenix, Arizona

41 months ago

Actually I would have to disagree with you. There is nothing wrong with what I said. It is simply a plan. Everyone does things differently. My way is just taking extra precaution because I don't want to go into this class while in school and find out I am way over my head with trying to keep up with my classes at school and the other class. I always have to make sure my schedules aren't conflicting all the time. I know this type of field won't be smooth sailing if you want to go full Pharmacist, but it is all about how you get there by putting in the research. I wanted to make sure my plan is conceivable. Though I will be temporarily out of school to get certified I think it will be worth it once I get a job, then continue school to finish out my bachelors.

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JaneJefferson 20 in Phoenix, Arizona

41 months ago

starving in La Habra, California said: Many things wrong with what you have said, don't put your current school down pharmacy technician classes are extremely easy and can be done still going to university full time and work full time. You will regret miserably putting your current school on hold. Certification is obtained through the easiest test ever you can pass it hung over and tired with barely studying that same day. Also this field is not smooth sailing

Actually I would have to disagree with you. There is nothing wrong with what I said. It is simply a plan. Everyone does things differently. My way is just taking extra precaution because I don't want to go into this class while in school and find out I am way over my head (considering I never taken pharmacy tech class) and trying to keep up with my classes at school. I always have to make sure my schedules aren't conflicting all the time because I have a job too. I know this type of field won't be smooth sailing if you want to go full Pharmacist, but it is all about how you get there by putting in the research. I wanted to make sure my plan is conceivable. Though I will be temporarily out of school to get certified I think it will be worth it once I get a job, then continue school to finish out my bachelors.

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Steven in Tallahassee, Florida

41 months ago

Unique problem

I will try to be concise. I sat for the PTCE and passed. 1/4/2011 yeah I know. From october 2010 to december 2010 I paid a pharm student with pharm tech exp to tutor me. She was accredited by the state of virginia. While in the final four weeks of classes I lost my construction job and was forced to move back to florida. I was saddened by this but continued to study relentlessly. As I said I passed the exam and when I went for a job they were like You aren't registered..... man now I have to complete some course to prove I'm qualified even though PTCB says I am.....'sigh'

Here is what I've thought of doing. Skpeing the Tutor FL to VA and completing her course work. Taking a Review course 3 credit hours at community college. Volunteering at the Hospital Pharmacy for clinical exp.

What would you do fellow CphTs.

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Steven in Tallahassee, Florida

41 months ago

How much money. Website link etc. oh and THANKS Ash

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Leah in Oregon, Wisconsin

40 months ago

CAP in Auburndale, Florida said: They are scams, because you dont have to go to school to be a pharmacy technician, all you have to do is take the goverment test, buy a pharmacy tech book and study it then take the test. I didnt pay for 1 day of school and passed the test with flying colors.

I agree. Not in all states. But in my state of WI. A human resource manager told me that my state is one that does not mandate formal education for consideration for pharmacy tech. However you must sit for and pass the exam to become a CPT. There is an (Original) book she told me about called "The Pharmacy Trainer" By Make Greenwald. He was the originator of all these books now out. He sells DVDs to interact on line.. a self paced study course and a book with index cards as well. He instructs you how to pass this exam. This lady is at a compounding pharmacy and she said the people who work there took this program and passed the exam. She hired them starting at !2.50 an hour full time.. full benefits. They train you to compound. You don't have to take separate courses on this or waste time and money you most likely don't have on formal education unless your state required national accreditation or requires formal education. Mine does not. The wage is excellent. I am sorry to agree with someone up above who said about other jobs in health care that are better then CPT? Are you kidding me. I have researched this extensively for a year now. Many health related fields require an Associate Degree.. and many require working with radiation or bodily fluids..and lifting patients. If your into that thing. I can't believe people are getting paid so low. In my state its not like that .. thankfully so.

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Steve in Hialeah, Florida

39 months ago

Steven in Tallahassee, Florida said: Unique problem

I will try to be concise. I sat for the PTCE and passed. 1/4/2011 yeah I know. From october 2010 to december 2010 I paid a pharm student with pharm tech exp to tutor me. She was accredited by the state of virginia. While in the final four weeks of classes I lost my construction job and was forced to move back to florida. I was saddened by this but continued to study relentlessly. As I said I passed the exam and when I went for a job they were like You aren't registered..... man now I have to complete some course to prove I'm qualified even though PTCB says I am.....'sigh'

Here is what I've thought of doing. Skpeing the Tutor FL to VA and completing her course work. Taking a Review course 3 credit hours at community college. Volunteering at the Hospital Pharmacy for clinical exp.

What would you do fellow CphTs.

In 2010 if you got Certified you could have registered with that alone. Its too late now, but I heard the Board changed its rules, I believe that any pharmacy can train you, while you do an online course that costs about $250. I dont know how it works, it seems to me that the employer would pay for the online class, but I dont know.
The way it was before you the only accedited schools cost $14,000 down here, and I think companies complained that such an expensive course would drive the salary of techs up, they really love cheap labor $11-$12 an hour.

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Dave in Austin, Texas

39 months ago

After reading all of these posts, I have to comment that it seems many of you are throwing away significant amounts of ca$h without sitting down to work out the math. I've heard some crazy quotes, but the average going rate seems to be about $2,000 for a PhT program. What are you getting out of this? Most of these "training programs" simply prepare you to take the PTCE. I would strongly agree with numerous posters who have commented that you can simply buy a book or check a book out from your local library branch and use that to study. Math is a significant portion of this exam and the math is easy. If you are uncomfortable with conversions, work all of the problems in your practice book, over and over, and hire a tutor for a few sessions if need be. What's a tutor at $30/pop for 5 sessions? $150 is 7.5% the amount you would have paid for the course. As for the drugs, there is absolutely no comprehension of pharmacology or chemistry involved. It's rote memorization of names and associated drug classes. The law? It's all in the book. The pharmaceutical practice? All in the book. And at the end of the day, taking a course does NOT guarantee you a job. What a shame it would be to pay all of that money for nothing. As other posters have commented: the best way to become a pharmacy tech is to get a job working in a pharmacy. Start at the register and move on up. Observe that the experience you will gain by working in said pharmacy will completely NEGATE the need for the expensive course. Plus, you already have the job! This is the text-book definition of predatory education.

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Nay in Indianapolis, Indiana

39 months ago

My friend worked at CVS a few years ago and they paid for her to become a pharmacy tech. Then she went on to a major hospital as a pharmacy tech making $19 an hour! Now, it has been something that I have been considering picking up on the side since I work for a health insurance company and I have a basic knowledge of drugs. I'm struggling with whether I want to pay for the education, when I know I can just pick up a part time position at the local pharm.

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jen134 in Memphis, Tennessee

39 months ago

what school did you go to ?

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Tim in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

39 months ago

robert safner in somers, Connecticut said: i was lucky becasue after i got laid off after 23 years of service i was able to go back to school under wia, worker ivestment act. so my 14 week course was free. i didn't pay for my 3 books either. we had a great teacher with 15 people in my class. i loved my class. and i passed the borad test as well as a nha exam. i am not having any luck finding my first job. i am working with the state of ct to find a job.

You should have taken the PTCB exam...It is the ONLY national board test recognized by state boards of pharmacy (as in Texas, you have to be a CPhT to get a state license), not so in Oklahoma I'm afraid.

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reece in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

39 months ago

I am interested in going to pharmacy tech school but working in the hospital.jefferson hospital ,nazareth,holy redeemer hospital
Question is its seems ever job wants you to have experience ? Im looking into community college they are 2x a week for 2 or 3 months but none have extership.

WE ARE LISTED AS # 23 ON LIST A WORST PLACES TO FIND A JOB HOW DO YOU GET OUT OF THIS LOOP HOLE?

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Angelika22 in New York

39 months ago

I decided to buy some books and study them myself and take the exam in a month or two. I hope it works out.

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Tim in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

39 months ago

Kyle in Lebanon, Oregon said: I am finding it hard to get a PhT job without some kind of formal training. Hospitals will not hardly talk to me after finding out that I have not yet received a formal education in PhT. Some hospitals actually require a Bachelor of Science just to be a Pharmacy tech.

A BS to fulfill Pharm Tech duties?...You must be joking...A Bachelors isn't needed EVEN in the hospital environment, let alone in retail...I can see someone who has a BS in Biology, or Chemistry, and for whatever reason didn't make it into medical school working as a pharm tech while trying to decide if pharmacy school (and a Pharm.D.) is worth it, but SERIOUSLY????

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tkit_easy in Brooklyn, New York

38 months ago

Angi..good luck. But, not easy. I tried and failed. I would suggest write mail to ptechsuccess@yahoo.com. After failing, I just got reference from this site and contact him. He was busy, but even his little guidance helped me a lot. He is so perfect that you would never fail exam. I am taking next week again. But, am so confident this time. I know medicines, laws, calcuations,almost everything. Try it Ny girl, it worked with me.He is busy though these days. Send mail though.

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Angelika22 in New York

38 months ago

Thank you both for the encouragement, and tkit good luck on your exam as well.

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ruby in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

38 months ago

kalila in Stanton, California said: im currently enrolled in a pharmacy tech program that is completely free here in orange county, ca. i am 2 classes away from being done.

i know what you mean by the schools being a scam...you can definitely get trained as a pharmacy tech at one of these community pharmacies..the only thing is for me personally my long term goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy as they get paid wayyyy more than a tech at cvs or walgreens. or even working at a long term care pharmacy mixing iv's etc.

no hospital is going to hire someone with no experience or education credentials.

theres a big difference between cvs/walgreens and working for an actual hospital pharmacy.

hope that info helps..

good luck to all

Do you know if any pharmacies will hire someone that is CPHT from other state before registering ca's? I am moving to ca next month and have applied some positions in ca, but none responded.

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Poortech in East Setauket, New York

38 months ago

I live on long island NY. One of the highest cost of living areas. The problem is pay. The retail chain stores pay pennies. They start there tech at 8-9/hr. I have been a tech since 1987. Worked until went out on maternity leave in 1994. I was making 12/hr then and I hadnt had a raise since 1992. I went back to work in 2005 and was offered 11/hr in a small independent store. I took it to regain my experience. 5 years later I was making 15/hr in 2007 and then my pay was frozen. The store closed in 2010. I have been out of work since. Rite aid and CVS loved my credentials and experience. They offered me 8.75/hr. I earned that in 1989. I have 20 years experience and a family to support. The chain store allot x amount in salaries to the pharmacy. This is eaten up by the pharmacist salaries. The pennies left over are given to the remainder of the pharmacy help that does most of the work. Hospital jobs are difficult to get and there aren't many of them. The schools advertise 40k/yr. That is misleading because at 9/hr you are not making even half that. My advice based on my experience is
chose something else. There is no future for the pharmacy tech. If you want to be apart of it, go to pharmacy school. Pharmacist earn close to 100k/ year right out of school.

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catgiveshope in Torrance, California

38 months ago

job corps is for free....... so you just have to be smart about it.... and plus not every store wants a unexperienced pharm tech.

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lili12 in yankton, South Dakota

37 months ago

if there was one thing i would take back- going to pharm tech school. i really do believe i was scammed. when i was looking into school, it was only a year long&the school made it sound like a really cool career. WRONG. the whole program was a joke! they made us go into school, in the freezing cold snow at 7 in the morning...to learn how to count pills, and not even real pills, FREAKING M&Ms!! the teachers were clueless constantly getting everything wrong.i didn't even know that you weren't certified when you graduated...then what was the point of school!? then when that nightmare was over, it was internship time. i did mine at target& 'pharm tech' litterally means "pharmacist's slave" i would be running my ass off everyday while the pharmacist would be on her cell phone until she needed to council someone. and the other tech treated me like crap, always trying to suck up to the pharmacist for some unknown reason. the hospital hours sucked&none of the pharmacists even talked to the pharm techs, for once in my life i felt like the bottom of the barrel. this isn't an 'exciting career' and the best part? haven't even found a job yet even though pharm techs are apparently 'high in demand' ...where? i wish i had money to go back to school, to be more than someone's assistant.

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pt uei in Riverside, California

37 months ago

Brian in Monrovia, California said: I am looking for a good pharmacy tech school that will not rip me off. Can You suggest any schools. How doyou feel about on-line courses?

uei i went here, great school. i learned alot and work at a county jail now. 202 $ an hr

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mina in Duncan, South Carolina

37 months ago

@ lili12

I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience.

If not counting "real pills" is an issue, the reason why "real pills" aren't available for your counting pleasures is because the school can't afford to purchase "real" pills to be used in a pharmacy program for counting purposes. They're costly and it's pointless to buy real drugs for counting purposes when pharmacies could be prescribing these drugs for patients' need instead. M&M's works just fine. It's not a big issue. I counted Smarties to beans to Sweet Tarts.

Like you, I, myself, didn't know that we weren't certified after the program. I didn't know we have to take a national exam to be certified but now a days, in order to get a position as a pharmacy tech, it is REQUIRED for individuals to complete a pharmacy program. That is the point of going to school even though you're not certified after you graduate. After that, you are then required to become nationally certified within a time period. Back in the days, like in 2000, however, you didn't need to complete a pharmacy program to become a pharmacy tech. You can just walk into a pharmacy and apply. It's different now.

I just think you had some very bad experiences. Mines were all good and I automatically got hired on the spot during my internship at a hospital. The pharmacists were nice and so were the pharmacy techs that I worked with it. I guess it depends on the pharmacy. We DO have some nasty people in this world, though, I wish you luck and hope you find a job.

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Teacher in Hagerstown, Maryland

37 months ago

I run a certificate program at a community college. My students who finish the certificate and intern in hospitals have been finding better jobs then starting at a chain (starting at $15/hr). Still, before you start my program or any other, make sure you explore salaries and opportunities in your area.

As a working pharmacist as well as a teacher, I would suggest you go to several pharmacies and ask the pharmacist.

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samantha in San Juan Capistrano, California

37 months ago

kalila in Stanton, California said: im currently enrolled in a pharmacy tech program that is completely free here in orange county, ca. i am 2 classes away from being done.

i know what you mean by the schools being a scam...you can definitely get trained as a pharmacy tech at one of these community pharmacies..the only thing is for me personally my long term goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy as they get paid wayyyy more than a tech at cvs or walgreens. or even working at a long term care pharmacy mixing iv's etc.

no hospital is going to hire someone with no experience or education credentials.

theres a big difference between cvs/walgreens and working for an actual hospital pharmacy.

hope that info helps..

good luck to all

hi i was wondering if you could tell me what school/courses you are taking in orange county? i currently live in orange county ca, and am looking around for somewhere good to go.

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zeelani in Washington, District of Columbia

37 months ago

Hey Teacher in Hagerstown, MD, I live in DC and I was actually thinking about doing Penn Foster's online class for pharmacy technician just becuase the price is extremely cheap compared to other schools and it's self paced. I was just wondering if you could give me any information about your class as far as price, classes that I'll be taking, how long it is and if it is metro accessible. Thank you, oh and if you need my email because you might not want to post certain info on the forum just let me know.

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DENLEE599 in Howard Beach, New York

36 months ago

Do not waste your money on any training course. I have been certified for 13 years and it still is not required by law or even cared about by most employers. If you are really interested just go apply to any neighborhood pharmacy or retail chain. They are all hiring inexperienced people for tech positions. Employers do not want to pay people like me....GOOD FOR YOU, sucks for me.

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DENLEE599 in Howard Beach, New York

36 months ago

Tim in Tahlequah, Oklahoma said: You should have taken the PTCB exam...It is the ONLY national board test recognized by state boards of pharmacy (as in Texas, you have to be a CPhT to get a state license), not so in Oklahoma I'm afraid.

Problem really is that Board Certification is not required in any state to be employed. It should be a law, as it is with Pharmacists.

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DENLEE599 in Howard Beach, New York

36 months ago

Poortech in East Setauket, New York said: I live on long island NY. One of the highest cost of living areas. The problem is pay. The retail chain stores pay pennies. They start there tech at 8-9/hr. I have been a tech since 1987. Worked until went out on maternity leave in 1994. I was making 12/hr then and I hadnt had a raise since 1992. I went back to work in 2005 and was offered 11/hr in a small independent store. I took it to regain my experience. 5 years later I was making 15/hr in 2007 and then my pay was frozen. The store closed in 2010. I have been out of work since. Rite aid and CVS loved my credentials and experience. They offered me 8.75/hr. I earned that in 1989. I have 20 years experience and a family to support. The chain store allot x amount in salaries to the pharmacy. This is eaten up by the pharmacist salaries. The pennies left over are given to the remainder of the pharmacy help that does most of the work. Hospital jobs are difficult to get and there aren't many of them. The schools advertise 40k/yr. That is misleading because at 9/hr you are not making even half that. My advice based on my experience is
chose something else. There is no future for the pharmacy tech. If you want to be apart of it, go to pharmacy school. Pharmacist earn close to 100k/ year right out of school.

WOW, we have almost the same exact story. I was making 16 an hour back in 2001, and walgreens offered me 9 dollars an hour. I made 10 dollars an hour when I started working as a non certified tech back in 1998. As like you they loved all I had to offer though. What a joke.

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enna in Howell, New Jersey

36 months ago

lauren in Freehold, New Jersey said: try looking at community colleges in your area or vocational technical schools run by your county, not an outside company. votech schools are less expensive and courses usually go for around $450 (that was for a dental assisstant course, i know it's not the same but it is more extensive than pharm. tech.) for a full year of study and the community college in my area costs $800 for pharmacy tech. classes. much less expensive then those other schools and you know it's not a scam.

Hey Lauren,

I was wondering which school you went to around here? was it brookdale? and are you happy with your job?

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Jacquelyn in Huntington Beach, California

36 months ago

kalila in Stanton, California said: im currently enrolled in a pharmacy tech program that is completely free here in orange county, ca. i am 2 classes away from being done.

i know what you mean by the schools being a scam...you can definitely get trained as a pharmacy tech at one of these community pharmacies..the only thing is for me personally my long term goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy as they get paid wayyyy more than a tech at cvs or walgreens. or even working at a long term care pharmacy mixing iv's etc.

no hospital is going to hire someone with no experience or education credentials.

theres a big difference between cvs/walgreens and working for an actual hospital pharmacy.

hope that info helps..

good luck to all

Where are you taking your Pharmacy tech program?

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Jacquelyn in Huntington Beach, California

36 months ago

kalila in Stanton, California said: im currently enrolled in a pharmacy tech program that is completely free here in orange county, ca. i am 2 classes away from being done.

i know what you mean by the schools being a scam...you can definitely get trained as a pharmacy tech at one of these community pharmacies..the only thing is for me personally my long term goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy as they get paid wayyyy more than a tech at cvs or walgreens. or even working at a long term care pharmacy mixing iv's etc.

no hospital is going to hire someone with no experience or education credentials.

theres a big difference between cvs/walgreens and working for an actual hospital pharmacy.

hope that info helps..

good luck to all

Where are you taking your Pharmacy tech program?

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Angeline in Houston, Texas

35 months ago

I went to pharmacy tech school in WA, and there you need to be schooled. Also, depending on where you work the pay is good. I know someone who makes about 20 bucks an hour. I guess it's just about location! I've also worked in NY and they just suck, but they are working on having the pharmacy techs be licensed, which I totally think is a good thing!

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James in London, United Kingdom

35 months ago

Hello guys from over the other side of the pond, Does the US have an approved body for registration of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians?

If so you probably need to check with them for approved courses and providers.

As for rates i concur that Pharmacy techs don't seem to be as recognised as an essential part of Pharamacy as Pharmacist do.

Good Luck to all of you that are studying to become techs.

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pharmacy tech in San Jose, California

35 months ago

wizzy in Oneida, Tennessee said: Not all of the schools are scams i just went through one for pharm tech and it was great. My clinical site hired me right on at 13/hr not all are scams.

u got lucky, many do not have jobs or can find any... eventually they go back to their old jobs or don't pay the school back like my friend who skipped country, got married in phillipines, never came back

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MsxDayDay in Lawrence, Massachusetts

35 months ago

I worked at CVS for 3 almost 4 years. I started at 9/hour in MA. 3 years later, I was at 9.45/hour because corporate decided they only want to give a 2% raise. So everyone who got hired after me, got paid 10/hour or more. Do the math, it would take me 5 years to make 10/hour. Luckily I got my state certification through CVS because of paid training but you have to work at least 6 months before you take the test. However, I kept searching for a better job and recently, I found one and negotiated my wage. Now I'm making 12/hour. All depends on how much you really want it. I wouldn't stay a tech forever, but I do plan on getting my national certification to audit or teach for a while. ALSO I'm almost done with my Bachelor's in English. ^_^ Yay me!

ADVICE: Do whatever it takes to get hired at CVS or Walgreens or Rite Aid. Stick it out for 6 months to get your free state certfication. See if they'll pay for national certification and get training for it (CVS gave me the workbooks to train for it for free). Then, look for a hospital tech job or audit or teach. I got an opportunity at a hospital starting at 14/hour with FULLLLLLL BENEFITS - visual, dental, 401k, everything but I had school. School always comes first. Don't forget. Good luck everyone!

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gopi marugu in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

33 months ago

could you give me any university offering online pharmacy technician cource from canada

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SA

33 months ago

I'm working at Walgreens as a tech trainee, registered with the state. I'm told when I pass my test, I will get a raise up to 12.50 per hour. I've worked in several jobs, from administration for the man to single ownership cna jobs. This by far is the WORST field you could get into. The pay is lousy, most but not all the pahrmacists treat you like dirt, and working for a retail chain is no different than walmart. I'm thoroughlly disgusted and am looking for another job. Oh and the "training" pfft...don't make me laugh, If you really want to do this, be a pharmacist in a hosptital and stay away from the retail chains

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Prof. S in Miami, Florida

33 months ago

I run a pharmacy technician program. A lot cheaper than the schools and you get one on one attention. If you are interested contact me at mdnewsmiami@gmail.com
Our program is approved by the Florida State Pharmacy Board

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Prof. S in Miami, Florida

33 months ago

zeelani in Washington, District of Columbia said: Hey Teacher in Hagerstown, MD, I live in DC and I was actually thinking about doing Penn Foster's online class for pharmacy technician just becuase the price is extremely cheap compared to other schools and it's self paced. I was just wondering if you could give me any information about your class as far as price, classes that I'll be taking, how long it is and if it is metro accessible. Thank you, oh and if you need my email because you might not want to post certain info on the forum just let me know.

Their program is cheap but is not approved by most states so dont waste your time unless you do not know anything about pharmacy and need all the help you can get. I do offer classes via Skype if you are interested. Prof.S

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PharmacyTechIII in Fort Mill, South Carolina

33 months ago

CAP in Auburndale, Florida said: They are scams, because you dont have to go to school to be a pharmacy technician, all you have to do is take the goverment test, buy a pharmacy tech book and study it then take the test. I didnt pay for 1 day of school and passed the test with flying colors.

Ok, say a higher position is coming up, such as pharmacy buyer, pharmacy tech supervisor, etc... and they have a choice of you, with no education, and a tech with the AS degree. Unless you are a superstar who goes above and beyond, which by your attitude I'm guessing is no, then they will choose the degreed tech over you. The degree shows you are serious about your career and willing to meet the highest standard.

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Josh Bravada in North Judson, Indiana

33 months ago

Totally! I know it's a scam cuz I tried it too! I am currently making some extra money with the free ebook at www.925departure.info and this ebook is legit and it's free. I don't know why they give away these ideas for free cuz nobody does, but it's helped me A LOT

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Prof. S in Miami, Florida

33 months ago

Dahui in Miami, Florida said: do not waste your time going to school and waist 12k for it when you can study at home on line get the certification test and cost you 500 to 700 thats all!!!

I WENT TO SCHOOL MYSELF,GOOD LUCK!!

At home (online) is not valid in Florida unless it is one of the Florida Pharmacy Board approved programs. The best is to join an approved program like ours, we only charge $2,000 once you complete the program you can register with the board.

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LC in Pasadena, California

33 months ago

kalila in Stanton, California said: im currently enrolled in a pharmacy tech program that is completely free here in orange county, ca. i am 2 classes away from being done.

i know what you mean by the schools being a scam...you can definitely get trained as a pharmacy tech at one of these community pharmacies..the only thing is for me personally my long term goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy as they get paid wayyyy more than a tech at cvs or walgreens. or even working at a long term care pharmacy mixing iv's etc.

no hospital is going to hire someone with no experience or education credentials.

theres a big difference between cvs/walgreens and working for an actual hospital pharmacy.

hope that info helps..

good luck to all

Hi:)
I'm in california too, what school are you attending/ how is it free?
Also, how long did it take you.

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LC in Pasadena, California

33 months ago

kalila in Stanton, California said: im currently enrolled in a pharmacy tech program that is completely free here in orange county, ca. i am 2 classes away from being done.

i know what you mean by the schools being a scam...you can definitely get trained as a pharmacy tech at one of these community pharmacies..the only thing is for me personally my long term goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy as they get paid wayyyy more than a tech at cvs or walgreens. or even working at a long term care pharmacy mixing iv's etc.

no hospital is going to hire someone with no experience or education credentials.

theres a big difference between cvs/walgreens and working for an actual hospital pharmacy.

hope that info helps..

good luck to all

Hi:)
I'm in california too, what school are you attending/ how is it free?
Also, how long did it take you.

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