Pharmacy technician instructors teach classes to adult students who intend to obtain the pharmacy technician certification. These classes may be administered in-person or remotely using distance-learning methods, such as through mail or the internet, and these instructors provide the knowledge students need to pass tests and gain the certification. They are also typically required to be licensed pharmacists themselves with prior experience in the field.
Pharmacy technician instructors may use a variety of teaching strategies, as different students may prefer different styles of teaching. If an entire class seems to be struggling with material, these instructors must review it for ease of understanding and should determine if a new strategy is necessary. Teaching aids such as as slideshows, pictures, notes, and diagrams may be used, and they also administer examinations, projects, and homework. It's important that they keep complete and organized records to determine students' progress in these classes.
Records such as grades, attendance, and progress reports must be maintained on a regular basis, and in some cases these instructors are provided with a pre-approved syllabus and lesson plan to administer to the class. In other cases, they must personally develop these plans based on necessary competencies for students, and these materials should be based on standards established by the school as well as local, state, and federal guidelines.
Pharmacy Technician Instructor Tasks
Supervise and monitor students' use of tools and equipment.
Conduct on-the-job training or classes to teach and demonstrate principles, procedures and methods of pharmacy procedures.
Administer oral, written and performance tests in order to measure progress and to evaluate training effectiveness.
Supervise independent or group projects, field placements, laboratory work, or other training.