Pharmacy Technician Job Requirements You Should Know

"What should I do with my life" is a commonly asked question by many people. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field, there are many options you could take. One booming and rewarding role in the healthcare arena is a pharmacy technician. Featuring the Director of the School of Health Sciences, this video uncovers key pharmacy technician job requirements. 

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Hi, my name is Allie Gray Feeland, and I am the host of Rasmussen College's newest video blog series, What Should I Do with My Life? So this video series will really explore career and educational paths for people that are trying to answer the question, what should I do with my life? So we're here today again with Lorrie Laurin, who is the director of the school of health sciences at Rasmussen College. And she's going to share some really important information and basic information about the path of pharmacy technicians.

Hi, Lorrie. Thank you for being with us here today. So I'm going to ask a really basic question. So for a student that's trying to pursue a diploma or degree as a pharmacy technician, what kind of courses could they expect taking?

Well, we start out with very foundational science courses. Because to understand, and to be a good pharmacy tech, I think you need to understand about the human body and disease processes so that you can understand then about the pharmacy drugs, if you will, that help to treat or keep the body well.

So we start out with an anatomy course. Our students learn about disease processes, also med terms. Some basic science courses.

And because a pharmacy tech can work in either a retail environment, so your Walgreens, your CVSs, or they could work in a hospital environment or a, if you would say, health care environment. We also have to make sure that they're prepared for both of those types of opportunities that might come their way. So we also include some customer service courses, a little bit of general business so that they have that opportunity and they're prepare for either opportunity that might come their way.

Sounds like, especially with this degree path, that there's a holistic approach to the courses. So you get everything from the really technical side to the kind of more personal communication type of sides.

So Lorrie, I think that just about wraps up all the questions I had for you. So thank you again for being with us here today.

Thank you for having me.

Yeah, you definitely dispelled many just kind of unknowns about pharmacy technicians. Yeah, really interesting stuff, so thanks.

So for all of you who are watching today, if you find this career path of interest to you and want to learn more, you can visit Thank you.

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