Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salary
The average pay for a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) is $13.68 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Oncology, Long Term Care, and Mail Order Pharmacy. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Job Description for Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT)
Certified pharmacy technicians (CPHTs) are responsible for assisting licensed pharmacists in the administration and handling of prescription drugs for patients, and they generally work in the pharmacies of hospitals and large clinics or separate retail pharmacies. Their work revolves around measuring drug amounts, careful labeling of pills, and ensuring that all necessary logging and reporting for dispensary operations is up-to-date at all times.Read More...
In most hospital operations, administering medication to patients requires a two-step safety insurance process in the pharmacy, and the CPHT is part of the first step by measuring prescription drug packets to be distributed by nurses to patients; the licensed pharmacist then performs the second-line inspection of these drugs for accuracy before approving them for delivery to patients. The CPHT logs and carefully inventories all drugs throughout this process within the pharmacy as required by law.
In commercial or retail pharmacies, many roles are similar and CPHTs must ensure that proper levels of drugs are measured accurately and delivered to customers. As in hospital settings, the technicians ensure that medications are properly stored, labeled, and inventoried at all times. They may also be required to help maintain patients' records in order to note any drug-interaction problems and refer them to licensed pharmacists. For this aspect of the job, attention to detail is very important, as is proficiency with computers and medical records software.
To work as a CPHT, individuals should pursue vocational or medical technical training after high school and pass a test for final certification. Certified pharmacy technicians typically work in pharmacies in either clinical or retail environments; as hospitals and retail operations expand their services, it is common for technicians to be required to work days and evenings as well as weekends.
Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Tasks
- Select, prepare and stock medications and supplies.
- Collect patient information for prescription and billing.
- Prepare dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging.
- Assist in preparing and dispensing medication under direct supervision of Pharmacist.
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