What Is A Pharmacy Technician?

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In this video, the Director of the School of Health Sciences at Rasmussen College, Lorrie Laurin, helps us uncover the answer to the question, "What is a pharmacy technician" while sharing some basic information about the career paths and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician.

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Hi, my name is Allie Gray Freeland, 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 are here today again with Lorrie Lauren 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.

So let's get down to basics here. Again, this is probably a commonly asked question, but what exactly is a pharmacy technician?

So a pharmacy technician is someone who works under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. So in a pharmacy, for instance, there may be one or two pharmacists. And then they supervise a group of pharmacy technicians.

So you know that one of the movements is to try to keep health care affordable, to try to improve availability of health care, to try to improve customer service in health care. So what the pharmacy tech does is they basically are the army in the pharmacy. And the pharmacist would be the general of that army, in essence.

So they work under that supervision. They take in prescriptions. They put them into the computer. As we know, we're working with electronic medical records. So they have to enter all of that data. They can fill the prescription. They put the labels on. They have to make sure the correct labels are on. And then obviously, they may also dispense. After the pharmacist signs off that everything is correct with that prescription, they can dispense it to the patient. So that's what they do.

And it's a very nice job. I think the great thing about it is it's a great environment. It's a very professional environment, and it's clean. And most people are very thankful that you're doing what you're doing, because they need what it is you're going to give them. And so it's a great environment.

All right, so Lorrie, I think that just about wraps up all the questions that 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. And 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 rasmussen.edu. Thank you.

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