CPhT- Frustrated and Disappointed!!!

Get new comments by email
You can cancel email alerts at anytime.
Comments (41)

RichardsAshleyC in Clayton, Michigan

40 months ago

Is it just me or does it seem like a total waste of time and energy to obtain a CPhT? I enrolled in a vocational school in May of 2012, spent seven months there obtaining my PTCB-sponsored CPhT and accompanying First Aid and CPR and HIPAA certificates... A very successful six-week externship at a Cleveland-area Walgreen's... A year after enrolling, six months after externship and graduation... Over a hundred job apps in various fields between two states... Multiple resume and app submissions at hospitals and pharmacies... Multiple pharmacy interviews...
AND NO JOB!!! ANYWHERE!!! AT ALL!!!
I have several years of work experience, some education, a solid and great-looking resume, cover letter, and reference sheet... I know I interview and present myself very well...
I WANT A JOB! PREFERABLY IN THE AREA I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR!
AND TO TOP IT OFF... Upon enrolling in the Pharm Tech program, we had to research up to five different positions as Techs and in up to five different locations... All the research I did at the time indicated that I would have a reasonably easy time finding a Tech job (within perhaps a month or two after graduating), in most any major metropolitan area... And that I'd be entry-level at about $12-$14 per hour!
WRONG!!!
After all has been said and done, I have discovered that whether you are in a major and also very healthcare-focused city like Cleveland, or in a small rural area like Adrian, MI (where I now live), there seem to be next to no Pharm Tech opportunities, ESPECIALLY for entry-level candidates. To top it off, most retail will base at about $8- MAYBE $10 per hour. And just as a final slap in the face, during my externship, I discovered that ANY Joe or Jane off the street can also get a Tech job. Isn't that a little infuriating?
In short, had I known ALL of this before, I'd have absolutely gone into a different program at the vocational school. I'd do anything for a job anywhere right about now...

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (60) / No (10) Reply - Report abuse

RichardsAshleyC in Clayton, Michigan

40 months ago

Not at all, I appreciate hearing anyone's feedback on the issue... I am sorry that you are having a hard time, perhaps you can formally explain any gaps in employment as "chose to remain at home" (IF you have kids or relatives who needed assistance), "preparing for/pursuing education", something like that. You mentioned volunteering- It just occurred to me- Maybe people like us should just call back all the pharms and hospitals we've applied to and explain that we'd just like to volunteer for experience!? Anyway good luck, I hope someone gives you a break, you sound like you deserve it.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (11) / No (4) Reply - Report abuse

preferencerobinsoncpht in Memphis, Tennessee

39 months ago

I also attended school to become a CPhT, though my certification has now expired. I went to school in 2008 to 2009, got my certification from PTCB, CPR certification, all the things I was supposed to get! Nothing, no job offers, nothing, my externship went well, I had to work at RiteAid. I had my certification for 2 months, my license from the state of Tennessee for 2 months, and I had 1(one) interview, that's it! I don't understand why they allow the schools to advertise "Pharmacy Technicians are needed, and are in demand!", uh where are they "in demand". Memphis is a HUGE city, and it has all the major drug stores, 10-12 hospitals, and it's a major distribution hub, but there are no CPhT jobs here. Yes, I obtained my certification 4 years ago, and I let it lapse, that's because the only place I could find a job was FedEx. So I figured why pay to be re-certified if I'll never find a job doing what I went to school for? Now, I've lost my job at FedEx, and I was thinking about going back to school for CPhT, but I just can't do it, I'm so afraid, I'll be stuck again paying off Sallie Mae for an education that doesn't work. My class included 9 girls, and 2 guys, we're all friends on Facebook, how many of them have jobs as CPhT's...2, and that's because 1 has a sister that works for Walgreens(I guess it's who you know), and the other 1 moved out of state! I thank you for your post RichardsAshleyC...it just confirmed that I should NOT get re-certified, I should do some major research and then go to school for something that will actually be lucrative. Also, I think that these programs should be outlawed some kind of way, they should be forced to say exactly how many people graduated AND have found jobs! Good luck, and thanks for reading!

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (17) / No (3) Reply - Report abuse

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan

39 months ago

I'm sorry Robinson... I'm still desperate for work- I've applied to every single business that I can even somewhat qualify for in my city... Every restaurant, hospital, pharmacy, retail store, many offices... NOTHING... The CPhT is a nice backup, and it looks nice on a resume... But yes has proven worthless. Good luck buddy.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (4) / No (3) Reply - Report abuse

KJasko in Mesa, Arizona

39 months ago

RichardsAshleyC in Clayton, Michigan said: Not at all, I appreciate hearing anyone's feedback on the issue... I am sorry that you are having a hard time, perhaps you can formally explain any gaps in employment as "chose to remain at home" (IF you have kids or relatives who needed assistance), "preparing for/pursuing education ", something like that. You mentioned volunteering- It just occurred to me- Maybe people like us should just call back all the pharms and hospitals we've applied to and explain that we'd just like to volunteer for experience!? Anyway good luck, I hope someone gives you a break, you sound like you deserve it.

Thank you, you too

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (4) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Mike in Sun City, California

39 months ago

Gald I found this forum! MY ife experience and educational background is criminal justice/investigations. I am unable to even get an interview. I'm beginning to suspect age discrimination a well since I'm 51.

Saw a community cllege flyer for their pharm tech program. I was thinking of a career change. After reading these informative posts as well as the forum for medical coding, I'm thinking twice about expending the time and monies to proceed into one of these career paths.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (11) / No (2) Reply - Report abuse

Mike in Sun City, California

39 months ago

Sorry for al the typos. Guessing there's no edit function on this forum!

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

viziviz in Central, New Jersey

37 months ago

Please don't be discouraged!

CVS is hiring and paying well over $12 depending on what state you are applying.

As an employee I will gladly refer you.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (13) / No (6) Reply - Report abuse

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan

37 months ago

Thank you! I am in Michigan, however I am expecting to give birth any time now. I look forward to re-applying for jobs in a few months.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

ayemane in Saint Paul, Minnesota

37 months ago

Don't give up guys. I have been a CPhT for about 9 years. I think that it helps to get it in the sense that it shows that you are serious about what you do. I don't really recommend taking any classes for it though. It is much cheaper to buy a few books and study on your own. Also, if you are looking for the higher paying jobs stay away from retail. I went from making $8.50 at Walgreens to making $15 at a local hospital. I am now only casual at the hospital but pay is $20+.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (12) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan

37 months ago

Unfortunately, you have to start with at least a year or two in retail for a hospital to even consider you, and retail is hard enough to get into even with my CPhT and 6 week externship... I'd do PT for a long time if I could make as much money as you! Hoping to re-enter the competition a couple months after my baby arrives...

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (1) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Jennifer in Owensboro, Kentucky

37 months ago

ayemane in Saint Paul, Minnesota said: Don't give up guys. I have been a CPhT for about 9 years. I think that it helps to get it in the sense that it shows that you are serious about what you do. I don't really recommend taking any classes for it though. It is much cheaper to buy a few books and study on your own. Also, if you are looking for the higher paying jobs stay away from retail. I went from making $8.50 at Walgreens to making $15 at a local hospital. I am now only casual at the hospital but pay is $20+.

SO GLAD I found this topic! I have been thinking of going into the Pharmacy tech field, but was torn bc I have a family member who..like you ayemane...doesn't believe in taking classes for it. She's been a hospital pharmacy tech for almost 10 yrs and she was hired off the street. She got on the job training and never stepped foot into a classroom. She's never worked retail either. She has a good schedule and is off every other weekend. She absolutely loves it. I told her that i'd love to be able to do that. However, in the area I live in (KY/TN border), I hardly ever see a job listing that states they are willing to do in-house training.

In reference to what an earlier poster(ViziViz)stated, I did however see that CVS is hiring for Pharmacy Techs and are willing to do in-house training. In my area though, the pay will probably be closer to the $8.50-$9.00 range.

For those of you who are working in the field, is it difficult to catch on? I've heard from a few folks that its really heavy in math and if you aren't good at math, its not a field you should consider. Thanks for any help you can give.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan

37 months ago

I went to school for about 6 months (3 actual classroom time, 6 weeks at a Walgreen's externship)... Passed my CPhT, got HIPAA, CPR, and First Aid... Excellent references and resume/cover letter... Loved my externship... Well that was about a year ago, and nothing has turned up even after a few interviews. To be brutally honest it kind of pisses me off that Joe and Jane from the street can get the job while people who actually sacrificed for the certification aren't prioritized. Also, jobs were easy as hell to come by ten years ago as compared to now. It's bad out there.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (7) / No (4) Reply - Report abuse

Jennifer in Owensboro, Kentucky

37 months ago

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan said: I went to school for about 6 months (3 actual classroom time, 6 weeks at a Walgreen's externship)... Passed my CPhT, got HIPAA, CPR, and First Aid... Excellent references and resume/cover letter... Loved my externship... Well that was about a year ago, and nothing has turned up even after a few interviews. To be brutally honest it kind of pisses me off that Joe and Jane from the street can get the job while people who actually sacrificed for the certification aren't prioritized. Also, jobs were easy as hell to come by ten years ago as compared to now. It's bad out there.

RichardsAshley - Yes, it is bad out there and I feel your pain on that. Mind you, I haven't gone to school like you for Pharm. Tech, however I have experienced things like that before in jobs I've had. People who have no experience at all get hired in, but then here you sit w/qualifications that wouldn't require much training...if any at all.

A friend of mine went through that very thing a few months ago. She put in for a receptionist job @ a college just to get her foot in the door. She was interviewed, but didn't get it. She found out they hired someone w/absolutely no experience. She had never worked in an office before. The interviewer knew a mutual friend and told her that my friend didn't get the position bc she was way too qualified. He went on to say they were leery bc they figured she would only work there for a little bit, get bored w/the $ and then leave to find something that was more on the level of her education(she has a master's degree). Now isn't that crappy? If she wouldn't have wanted the position, she wouldn't have applied. So yep, it burns you up, but what can you do? Its just downright depressing.

Were your classes heavy in math? As I said in a previous post, I've been told Pharm. Tech is, so if math isn't your thing, you should stay away from that prog.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (3) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan

37 months ago

I understand that the CPhT certification (as well as the other ones that I have mentioned) truly require a relatively short amount of studying, learning a few new skills, and memorization. The actual job I worked as a CPhT extern was something I could have done years ago as a high schooler. That being said, I still quit my job, moved, lived on a campus, and devoted six months of my life to this. So, no, my qualifications don't make me a doctor or anything, but they still took a lot of sacrifice to acquire. As a final burn, I found out right at the end of my training that anyone at all can purchase and pass the CPhT without any training at all.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (3) / No (3) Reply - Report abuse

GabrielG in Chino Hils, California

36 months ago

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan said: I understand that the CPhT certification (as well as the other ones that I have mentioned) truly require a relatively short amount of studying, learning a few new skills, and memorization. The actual job I worked as a CPhT extern was something I could have done years ago as a high schooler. That being said, I still quit my job, moved, lived on a campus, and devoted six months of my life to this. So, no, my qualifications don't make me a doctor or anything, but they still took a lot of sacrifice to acquire. As a final burn, I found out right at the end of my training that anyone at all can purchase and pass the CPhT without any training at all.

That is certainly not correct. I just took the PTCE exam a few days ago and it was difficult even though I had graduated from a 2 year pharmacy tech course from a good school and had worked in a 240 hour externship in both hospital and retail and passed with perfect grades in almost everything. There is no way that someone without any training can pass the PTCE unless they themselves do an extensive study using books on how to be a pharmacy tech. Even then you won't get all the info you need to answer what's on the test because there is stuff on it which only classroom instructors will likely tell you about. I can't elaborate on that because questions on the PTCE are not allowed to be discussed.

Anyway, I just felt the need to set things straight, and yes it took me a long time to find a tech job but I recently landed my first after a very long search. The reason I retook the PTCE was because my certification and grace period for recertifying had expired during my job search.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (5) / No (10) Reply - Report abuse

Michael in Corona, California

36 months ago

I took the PTCE and passed after only studying for a week, from a free study guide book at my library. I thought the test was somewhat easy. But I'm an undergrad trying to get a biology degree. It's definitely a test that a smart high school student can pass, specially If you graduated top 10% in your class. You would just need to know the top 100 prescribed medications, there basic MOA, and drug class. Math is simple conversions and basic algebra. In terms of finding a pharmacy tech job, it's difficult, even in California where you need to be certified and licensed. There's not many job openings where I'm located in Southern California. I'm sorry that you or others went to vocational and feel it was a waste of money. I think many vocational schools are just following a business model and don't have your best interest in mind. Hopefully things work out well for you. Best of luck with everything.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (5) / No (2) Reply - Report abuse

Jeffrey in Overland Park, Kansas

35 months ago

So I found this topic, and thought I would add my own story and knowledge to it.
In my experience, retail pharmacy is NOT where the money is. As a CPhT at a local pharmacy you will make around $10, but if you work for a mail order pharmacy you make a minimum of $14.
I was hired into a mail order pharmacy as a RPhT (which is kind of a joke, you just have to complete a background check-no exam) and I was making a base pay of $13.25 at the mail order pharmacy. After getting a CPhT and with my experience as a RPhT, I got a pay increase up to $15 plus quarterly bonuses. And I know if you work in a hospital the pay is even greater.

I feel like the CPhT is a good thing to have, you just have to know where to go with it or know of companies in your area that are in need of a CPhT and how much they pay. The exam is kind of a joke, but you should have basic knowledge how being in a pharmacy works. I would like to say you can take the exam without any classes, but I have known people that under estimated how much they knew about pharmacies and failed the exam.

If you are looking for a school to get a CPhT from, look online. I hate to put a number on things, but if the whole program is more than $1100 DONT DO IT, more than likely they will be wasting your time. I used a reputable company that I signed up for online, cost me a little over $1000 and they had a guarantee that if you didn't pass the exam the first time that they would refund the exam fee so you could practice more and take it again. And the program only took me 2 months to completed, and I spent 2 hours a day studying.

Hope this helps some people.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (5) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

jess in Homewood, Illinois

34 months ago

Going to school for pharmacy tech is ABSOLUTELY a waste of time and money. Getting your certification is only really necessary if your state requires it. Illinois requires you to get your certification 2 years after you get your license. And all you need to do for your license is apply....that is ALL! Indiana does not require certification. So unless they are going to pay you more at your current job (do not get certified without a job) then do not bother. 1) its not necessary to have it to get an entry level job 2)your company will most certainly pay for it 3) you are paid the lowest amount (slightly above minimum wage) when you start...even if you are certified. So there goes any potential raise for getting certified later.

Pharmacy technician could be so much better if they would raise the standards. As it stands now, yes, any random person off the street can be a tech. That's how I started. I barely knew what tylenol was. But in the end, working as a tech is a million times more important than going to school (again, the biggest waste of time and money I have ever seen).

So for new people considering this field....DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL IT IS WORTHLESS! Go to your typical walmart, cvs, walgreens etc. Make sure your availability is wide open and you are almost guarenteed a job there. You will start out usually slightly above minimum wage. Spend the next 2 years learning at work, taking their tiny little raises. Then try to move on to a hospital. But also understand that without some serious luck, you will never make more than $15/hr in this job....and even that is with a little luck.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (4) Reply - Report abuse

jess in Homewood, Illinois

34 months ago

ALSO, if anyone is in the south chicagoland area, the place I work is so understaffed its unbearable. So if you are still looking, send me a message. The pay probably would not be more than $9 to start though.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (2) Reply - Report abuse

Seriousaboutthis in Chicago, Illinois

34 months ago

jess in Homewood, Illinois said: ALSO, if anyone is in the south chicagoland area, the place I work is so understaffed its unbearable. So if you are still looking, send me a message. The pay probably would not be more than $9 to start though.

I am interested. What is your contact information and is it full time.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

alexsum in Mill Creek, Washington

33 months ago

I understand and feel your pain. Looking for work can be very frustrating and hard. Unfortunately, there is no guarantees even with an education. I do a lot of job search coaching with friends and I would highly encourage you to NETWORK effectively since it's so important these days. More than anything, fight to stay POSITIVE and not give into discouragement or despair to the degree you can't be functioning at a high level in your job search. 'Please feel free to check out my job search resource here: alex-sum.com/resources/job-search

Also, I recently saw an opening at Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy preferring a CPhT in their Ontario, CA location.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

haksmit in Dayton, Ohio

32 months ago

Hello Ashley!
I started working in pharmacy as a technician 15 years ago making only $5.25 an hour. I make more money now than I ever imagined. Most of my training at the time was hands on. Technicians were not required to be certified when I first started. I eventually obtained my certification while working at Walgreen's. I worked several retail pharmacies until I was completely burned out from retail. I pursued other opportunities and landed a job at an Health Management Organization (HMO).

While working for the HMO, I was able to learn the back end of pharmacy working directly with national Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBM). After several years of managing other technicians. I was promoted to Pharmacy Team Lead for Medicare Part D.

Although, I no longer work in Pharmacy, it has lead the way for other great opportunities! There is a future in this field, I am a living testimony. Expand your search with looking for a job with State and Federal agencies, HMOs, Mail-order pharmacies, Specialty pharmacies, Pharmacy Benefits Manager or Wholesalers. Healthcare is on the move and employers need experienced technicians like yourself! Good luck with your search!

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (8) / No (3) Reply - Report abuse

seriousaboutthis in Markham, Illinois

31 months ago

jess in Homewood, Illinois said: Going to school for pharmacy tech is ABSOLUTELY a waste of time and money. Getting your certification is only really necessary if your state requires it. Illinois requires you to get your certification 2 years after you get your license. And all you need to do for your license is apply....that is ALL! Indiana does not require certification. So unless they are going to pay you more at your current job (do not get certified without a job) then do not bother. 1) its not necessary to have it to get an entry level job 2)your company will most certainly pay for it 3) you are paid the lowest amount (slightly above minimum wage) when you start...even if you are certified. So there goes any potential raise for getting certified later.

Pharmacy technician could be so much better if they would raise the standards. As it stands now, yes, any random person off the street can be a tech. That's how I started. I barely knew what tylenol was. But in the end, working as a tech is a million times more important than going to school (again, the biggest waste of time and money I have ever seen).

So for new people considering this field....DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL IT IS WORTHLESS! Go to your typical walmart, cvs , walgreens etc. Make sure your availability is wide open and you are almost guarenteed a job there. You will start out usually slightly above minimum wage. Spend the next 2 years learning at work, taking their tiny little raises. Then try to move on to a hospital . But also understand that without some serious luck, you will never make more than $15/ hr in this job....and even that is with a little luck.

This is going to change according to the PTCB, if I am not mistaken. By 2015, it looks like you need to be enrolled/graduated from a (certified?) PT program in order to take the exam (PTCE).

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (1) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

KeltikSkye in Farmington, Michigan

30 months ago

RichardsAshleyC in Tecumseh, Michigan said: Unfortunately, you have to start with at least a year or two in retail for a hospital to even consider you, and retail is hard enough to get into even with my CPhT and 6 week externship... I'd do PT for a long time if I could make as much money as you! Hoping to re-enter the competition a couple months after my baby arrives...

I am one of those people that had no PhT training but got a job as a PharmTech. However, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Health Admin Mgmt, and a minor in Medical Laboratory Science.
You don't need ANY retail experience to work in a hospital, UNLESS it is the hospital's policy. I started at a rural mid-Michigan hospital. Sadly, they only pay $12.00/hour to start WITHOUT Certification, and then you only get a quarter raise. I am looking out of state so that I might be able to actually use my degree(s) as well, or get paid more working in a PROFESSIONAL field.

Michigan sucks for jobs, and if you are lucky and manage to find one, the pay is awful, the benefits worse, and hours are hard to come by.

Good Luck.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (4) Reply - Report abuse

Greg in Arcadia, California

23 months ago

I have a question. I'm looking to get some experience this year as a pharm tech and then applying to pharmacy school (i have all of the prereqs and all that). I've been applying to retail and hospitals around town but haven't gotten any callbacks.

I have received certification as a pharmacy tech from PTCB, do i now need to get the license from my state? sorry for the basic question lol, I JUST found out about that and then figured it might be worth a shot, however, it's like $105 to apply plus i need to go back to my high school to prove that I went to high school.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Rosie G in Ceres, California

21 months ago

Hello Greg I am one of many that stuggle in finding work in this field unfortunately.... but I think u have ur basics covered you do need to get registered through the state for me in Texas was about 60 compared to here in California its going to be around 300 thats for your application fee and seperate liveScan. It takes up to 4 months to process also.

Greg in Arcadia, California said: I have a question. I'm looking to get some experience this year as a pharm tech and then applying to pharmacy school (i have all of the prereqs and all that). I've been applying to retail and hospitals around town but haven't gotten any callbacks.

I have received certification as a pharmacy tech from PTCB, do i now need to get the license from my state? sorry for the basic question lol, I JUST found out about that and then figured it might be worth a shot, however, it's like $105 to apply plus i need to go back to my high school to prove that I went to high school.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (2) Reply - Report abuse

Bio-Dave in Azusa, California

18 months ago

Hi Ashley. I went to Pharmacy Tech school in 1997 and did my internship at Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte, CA. I was hired by them after my internship at $5.50/hr. about six months later the placement person from the school I went to sent me on an interview for a Quality Assurance position at a Pharmaceutical Manufacturer. I was hired 1998 at $7.00/hr. I had minimal pay increases for the first 5 years to about $13.00/hr when they needed help in the Microbiology Lab. I was taught how to prepare cell cultures, perform endotoxin studies and ID micro-organisms.I was then promoted to Quality Assurance Supervisor and received a salary of $35k/yr. In 2006 I was contracted by a recruiter to apply at another Pharmaceutical Manufacturer as a Quality Assurance Specialist and was hired at $60k/yr. My primary job was to perform inspections of chemical suppliers used in our prescription drugs. I was able to travel the world and absolutely loved my job. In 2010 my Manager resigned and they gave me her job at $85k/yr. I am still in that position with annual increases I'm now at about $97/yr. All I can say is that Pharm Tech Cert got my foot in the door and I went in and worked real hard, kept my mouth shut & my eyes and ears open and learned everything I could. It was a life changer for me. Please all Pharm Techs, think outside the box and find opportunities where your training can be of use outside of a pharmacy. Good luck everyone!

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (7) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Dorothy in Wheaton, Illinois

18 months ago

If you are trying to enter the healthcare field and are having trouble finding a job, a program like Career Step can be helpful. It's Pharm Tech program will prepare you to pass the PTCB exam needed to become licensed. More importantly, they've partnered with CVS and Walgreens so that you can get real hands on experience that you can put on your resume.
Even entry-level jobs these days require a resume.
referral.careerstep.com/ref36530

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

saashiee in Minneapolis, Minnesota

16 months ago

"And just as a final slap in the face, during my externship, I discovered that ANY Joe or Jane off the street can also get a Tech job. Isn't that a little infuriating?"

I was a Jane. I just find it a little hard to believe that no place will hire you - perhaps the issue would be your interview sessions/resume. Employers look for credentials and would much prefer someone who has gone to school versus someone off the "streets."

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

kxeim99 in Garden Grove, California

16 months ago

I passed the PTCB exam for just a week studying by myself. And I just got certification of pharmacy technician. But I can't find any place to gain experience and skills to work as pharmacy technician. I'm applying CVS, Walgreen, Rite Aid... but still waiting a phone call. I know the best way to become a pharmacy technician is to learn when working, but it seems so hard to find a work place in Orange County. Tell me the pharmacy technician job in Orange County still hasn't been saturated, guys??? :(

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Someir

13 months ago

I was ready to give up on the title of pharmacy tech until I branched out and learned of the many opportunities afforded to technicians that many of us don't know about fresh outta school. Normally the schools don't know either and this is evident in their teaching methods and classroom instructions. I came out of school thinking that I needed to work at either retail or a hospital and that those were my only option. On top of that, I believed that to get into a hospital I had to slave at the retail store. So I am here to tell you (fellow technicians) to branch out. I will list the positions or job opportunities that the school wont know to tell you. Keep in mind that I have either held these positions or applied to them at one point or the other.
1.Retail
2.Hospital
3.Home Infusion ($$$ based on experience. my highest was 21/hr)
4.PBM (don't know what this is? maybe you should look it up)
5. Nursing Homes (some will hire techs to keep track of patients meds)
6. Clinics and Dr. Offices
7.Jails and Prisons
8. Pharmaceutical Organizations

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (1) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

danieq756 in Palm City, Florida

11 months ago

Apply for any job position at a local store that has a pharmacy like cvs, wallgreens, publix, etc... be a good employ get to know everyone at the store, ones they have seen that u are a good employ ask a member of management or the pharmacist that u have been certified as a tech and will like to work at the pharmacy, u can still apply to work as a pharmacy tech for some other places while ur working at ur current job

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Tom King, RPh of QuickTestPrep.com in Dallas, Texas

11 months ago

Your participation in a "pharmacy technician school" for OVER SEVEN MONTHS and thousands of dollars is actually the red flag that is making everyone not hire you. You even mentioned that, "ANY Joe or Jane off the street can also get a Tech job." Please keep in mind that I am not being critical but just pointing out facts, trying to help you. Someone else got their pharmacy technician certification by examination without going to school for 7 months. This "person off the street" just studied for 2 months with a book from the library, spending zero dollars. The ones with some trouble with the material may have taken a live online course taught by a pharmacist (such as the one at www.quicktestprep.com ) and spent less than $300, studying for only 2 to 4 months. They were able to pass the PTCB exam after less than 4 months while it took you over 7 months to learn the same stuff.

Do yourself a favor and DO NOT mention that you went to the pharmacy technician school. Do mention that you passed the PTCB exam. Also, apply to get a volunteer position at a nonprofit hospital or independent pharmacy. Be really hungry. Finish whatever job they ask you to do early, then ask for more work. When they run out of work, find work for yourself. Organize the prescription files, clean the compounding area, etc. Do not let them see you texting. Do this for a couple of months and make friends with the pharmacists there. Ask them to write you letters of recommendations. These pharmacists wrote you letters because they CHOSE TO, but the externship pharmacist only wrote you a letter because he/she HAD TO. There's a big difference between the 2. Pharmacists often go to drug company dinners in luxury restaurants when drug companies need to drum up business. Therefore, most of the pharmacists in your area know each other because they've met at these shindigs. With a recommendation from these pharmacists, I guarantee you will find a job immediately.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (1) / No (3) Reply - Report abuse

RSMO, RPh in Livonia, Michigan

10 months ago

Now that Michigan requires tech's to be licensed market for tech's is very hot right now. That won't last long strike while hot.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

marycohenregisteredpharmacist in Manhattan, New York

10 months ago

Before I became a registered pharmacist, I was a pharmacy technician. Instead of paying thousands of dollars I used a website called PharmacyTechnicianToday.com to prepare for my exams. They've been around for a LONG time and both of my children used them to pass the PTCB and ExCPT so I am very satisfied with them Their site if you need the link is pharmacytechnicantoday.com They offer free tutoring and are super friendly. I HIGHLY recommend them.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (2) / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Memory76 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

8 months ago

Hey Richard, just read your comments about your CPhT job search. I know it was written quite sometime ago. I work for an amazing company right here in Michigan. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy in Flint. We have several positions open and are looking for Certified Techs desperately. If any interest send me a reply. Positions are starting at $12 but we also have lead positions available as well.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Carol in Flint, Michigan

2 months ago

Try Hurley Medical Center! They are looking for someone to fill this position.

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Interested in Texas

29 days ago

Jeffrey in Overland Park, Kansas said: So I found this topic, and thought I would add my own story and knowledge to it.
In my experience, retail pharmacy is NOT where the money is. As a CPhT at a local pharmacy you will make around $10, but if you work for a mail order pharmacy you make a minimum of $14.

I was hired into a mail order pharmacy as a RPhT (which is kind of a joke, you just have to complete a background check-no exam) and I was making a base pay of $13.25 at the mail order pharmacy. After getting a CPhT and with my experience as a RPhT, I got a pay increase up to $15 plus quarterly bonuses. And I know if you work in a hospital the pay is even greater.

I feel like the CPhT is a good thing to have, you just have to know where to go with it or know of companies in your area that are in need of a CPhT and how much they pay. The exam is kind of a joke, but you should have basic knowledge how being in a pharmacy works. I would like to say you can take the exam without any classes, but I have known people that under estimated how much they knew about pharmacies and failed the exam.

If you are looking for a school to get a CPhT from, look online. I hate to put a number on things, but if the whole program is more than $1100 DONT DO IT, more than likely they will be wasting your time. I used a reputable company that I signed up for online, cost me a little over $1000 and they had a guarantee that if you didn't pass the exam the first time that they would refund the exam fee so you could practice more and take it again. And the program only took me 2 months to completed, and I spent 2 hours a day studying.

Hope this helps some people.

What company online?

- Was this comment helpful? Yes / No (1) Reply - Report abuse

Interested in Texas

29 days ago

What company online did you use?

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (1) / No Reply - Report abuse

Barb24 in Wheaton, Illinois

24 days ago

The kind of training you need to pass the exam really depends on your learning style and what kind of experience you already have. Someone with a background in medical or biological sciences may be able to pass the exam by studying with a few books from the library, but if you are new to the field, a program like Career Step gives you a comprehensive curriculum that can be completed by a beginner in just 3 months. It is all laid out in an easy to follow portal that includes videos and images, making helpful for visual and auditory learners.
The tuition you pay also includes a voucher for the PTCB exam that will get you the national certification you need if your state requires it.

referral.careerstep.com/pt?ref=36530

- Was this comment helpful? Yes (1) / No Reply - Report abuse

» Sign in or create an account to comment on this topic.