I Am a Pharmacy Technician

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    Im a new pharmacy technicians just got license, I try to find a job in LA area can;t find it,, its so hard and very frustrating, they need 1-5 experience people . how can we get a job if we just graduated and no experienced?
    tech31 tech31
    4 Responses Jul 11, 2009
    Ldylvr2015 Ldylvr2015
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jan 28, 2015

    I Really Need Help With Renewing My National License. I'll Do Anything For Some Help.

    This is my first time "trying" to renew my national license and I am at my wits' end. I completed 17.5 CE hours on powerpak.com (there are only 19.5 available to take) and 4.5 hours on pharmacy times.com. Power pak.com says that everything I completed was submitted to the CPE...
    Andypants78 Andypants78
    1 Response Nov 27, 2012

    Dead End Career?

    I have been a pharmacy technician for 9 years now. I have been married for 3 years and have a beautiful 18 month old daughter.  I am currently working as a hospital Pharmacy Technician but I have worked in a couple different retail settings.  Recently I have been finding it...
    dcollins8284 dcollins8284
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2011

    The Pharmacy Drive Thru

          I work in a pharmacy. In the modern day pharmacy, there of course is a drive-thru for the laziest country in the entire world. The thing is, a pharmacy drive-thru is not a McDonald’s drive-thru. It’s much more complicated. We have insurance...
    AnnaCooper AnnaCooper
    22-25, F
    14 Responses Jul 15, 2009

    I have worked in the medical community

    for over 30 years, the last 22 I have moonlighted as an M.A. For retirement I started to train as a pharmacy technician. One complaint..my school has set me up to extern at a big retail chain, I actually already work for a large hospital conglomerate. I am used to fast pace...
    Sandhya60 Sandhya60
    46-50, M
    Mar 25

    I'm a pharmacy technician

    and I took he test today to get certified and I failed!! I was crushed! I studied so hard. Now I'm lost on what to study because there was stuff on the test that I have NEVER seen before help!!
    jenniferkaye09 jenniferkaye09
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2015

    hey im a pharm tech at walmart

    and despise my job. my pharmacist gets angry for reasons that arent my fault and i deal with pill heads or lame customers all day. i may quit my job soon as i get my new job.
    knpredpm knpredpm
    26-30, M
    1 Response May 5, 2014

    Check List

    I love my job, most I love my customers. however im at the point that Its so micromanaged I cant do my job right.. its RUSH RUSH RUSH.. I'm the lead Tech.. fine woohoo, Im not going to Boss around my other tech WE know what we have todo each day,we do our job.. well I guess since...
    stressedout12 stressedout12
    36-40, F
    1 Response Nov 11, 2012

    The Life of a Pharmacy Tech.

    I have worked in the pharmacy field for about 5 years.  From hospital to mail order and Long term care.  I really liked it alot at first, it was so much to learn and a new test everyday.  Then it started to feel more like just another job, so I started my own...
    sayitrite sayitrite
    1 Response Jun 30, 2009

    Pharmacy Technician Question

    A doctor orders 1/4 gr of codeine. How many mg do you need?
    Merigold1974 Merigold1974
    2 Responses May 19, 2012

    Wanted: Pharmacy Technician Interviewee; The Deadline Is Upon Us!

    I am conducting a research paper and need an interviewee who has at least 1-2 year of Pharmacy Technician experience to help me out! I am planning on being a certified Pharm Tech very soon, and have to get this done within a week (it's for my last year of high school, in case you...
    KawaiiRamen KawaiiRamen
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 28, 2010

    Pharmacy Tech Student

    Hello there everyone! I am a Student at Rasmussen College & currently taking Introduction to Pharmacy...I don't get out much due to a little 3 year old running around so I figured I would check out some options on here...I am looking for a certified pharmacy technician to...
    discreetlyloved discreetlyloved
    22-25, F
    Apr 10, 2013

    Pharmacy Technician Training

    I just started my pharmacy tech training. I am excited and a little nervous.
    waltslove1 waltslove1
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 1, 2012

    I Just Love Learning About Medications!

    I even love the  names themselves and knowing what their strengths are or what class of medication they are: citalopram, antidepressant, 20mg and 40mg in the top 200. methocarbamol, muscle relaxant, 500mg and 750mg in the top 200. lisinopril, cyclobenzaprine, lovastatin...
    Dhesyca Dhesyca
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 10, 2009

    Certified Pharmacy Techician On The Job Training For One Week.

        I am a certified pharmacy technician just got a job a week now. My problem the one training me which is the lead technician is running out of patience on me. She even badmouth me the other relief pharmacist and workers in the clinic. So the relief pharmacist is mean and...
    MPachiano MPachiano
    1 Response May 14, 2012

    I'm 18 turning 19 in a month

    and am interested in persueing a career as a pharmacy technician is this a good career? Any information from experiance would be lovely
    TheSameOne TheSameOne
    18-21, M
    May 7, 2014

    I Want To Know

    Hello, I am trrying to become a certified pharmacy technician. I cannot afford school or training. All I have is a book entitled Pharmacy technician certification exminiation Mosby's Review. I know nothing. Is there anything else that I can study independently so I can pass the...
    Goody12 Goody12
    3 Responses Nov 21, 2011

    My First Real Experience With A Severely Mentally Delayed Person

    It was certainly an educational, new, and somewhat disconcerting experience! I enjoyed the first time I met him because it was just so fresh and different, even though I was also highly uncomfortable because I wasn't sure how to treat him. I opted for being simply friendly...
    Dhesyca Dhesyca
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 21, 2009
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    Nov 8, 2015

    And I figured out a legal

    and ethical trick to make more money. Works in retail setting only. Your customers will appreciate you, but don't tell the boss. Corporate wants to keep you down. :) Email for more info
    jestdr jestdr
    31-35, M
    May 9, 2015

    I really like my job working

    as a pharmacy technician, but wished I had looked at more online resources before taking the test. My advice? Don't sign up for a school or class that will cost thousands of dollars. Try self-studying first. Mosby's and Learning Express have good study books and...
    Pharmbotanica Pharmbotanica
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2015

    Is This A Good Job? Help!

    I just had a meeting with the local college offering a Pharmacy Tech program and even though the program sounds exciting and very interesting to me, I keep reading that Pharmacy Tech programs are a rip off and that the chance of getting a job is not very good. I live in Michigan...
    DRuss3 DRuss3
    2 Responses Oct 6, 2012

    My First Real Experience With A Severely Mentally Delayed Person

    It was certainly an educational, new, and somewhat disconcerting experience! I enjoyed the first time I met him because it was just so fresh and different, even though I was also highly uncomfortable because I wasn't sure how to treat him. I opted for being simply friendly...
    Dhesyca Dhesyca
    18-21, F
    Oct 21, 2009

    I Am A Pharmacy Technician Who Is At A Cross Roads Of Sorts .....

    My situation is I am a black male, 34 year old, father of 3 and future husband. I have a 2.99 GPA in my college classes and I am 32 credits away from getting BS in Chemistry, 28 credits away from getting my Masters in Chemistry and 11 credits away from applying to Pharmacy...
    marlloyd marlloyd
    31-35, M
    Jan 29, 2013

    I Am A Pharm Tech...

    I have been for the last 13 years..and worked in many types of pharmacies...retail.....internet...long term care..and my personal favorite..hospital...currently I work at a psych hospital...and I find retail the least rewarding...and the lowest paying...considering all the other...
    blackgirl71 blackgirl71
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Jun 6, 2010

    Need Help Taking 20 Question Pre Employment Quiz

    In the process of getting hired with a temp agency but nervous about taking a Pharmacy Technician quiz because I must pass with a high score to be hired and placed. I'm a recent grad and although I am certified and licensed, I have zero hands-on experience. Went to school online...
    newCPhT newCPhT
    36-40, F
    Oct 11, 2012

    What To Study

    Hello, all I wanted to know what to study for the PTCB. I am currently studying the Mosby's Review. I have no experience in a pharmacy setting. Can anyone help me? thanks
    Goody12 Goody12
    Feb 3, 2013

    It's "My Stepping Stone"......

    Y ep, presently I am a pharmacy technican. I believe that the pharmacy itself is an awesome learning/experience environment. I personally call it "My Stepping Stone" because to me its only temporary; before I move on to greater things like medicine. I...
    coconutzismyflava coconutzismyflava
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 1, 2008

    New to the Pharmacy World.

    well I was going to start sharing my story, but pizza is here... I will be back to type this ASAP....... .......My story goes like this: I went into Drug Mart to apply for a cashier job or as a stocker or something. No previous experience in a pharmacy so the thought of...
    rachael1987 rachael1987
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Sep 21, 2008

    I am now a certified pharm tech!

    ! Passed my exam yesterday with 38 minutes left on the clock. It wasn't as horrible as I expected (and heard) lol.
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses May 22, 2015

    Externship Insecurities

    I'm going to Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. It's a lot that we are going through in class very quickly. I'm keeping up for the most part. In the 2nd quarter, we're expected to log about 12 hours a week at an externship site. The pharmacy tech program at Clark has you do...
    pysue pysue
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 11, 2011

    Pharmacy Techs & Interns

    Hello Pharmacy Rx is a pharmacy tech website, we are looking for experienced pharm techs and interns. Why? Well Pharmacy Rx has created a new link in the site to recognize pharm techs for their hard work, and hopefully can give some advice for others who are interested in the...
    cpht2010 cpht2010
    22-25, F
    Oct 26, 2011

    How Did I Get Here..?

    Here I am, almost 50, going through a divorce and already working 2 jobs. My weekends were so lonely I couldn't bare another night alone. I walked into my favorite drug store and applied for a position at the cosmetic counter... to give me something to do on my weekends...
    ex3 ex3
    3 Responses Aug 3, 2008

    Taking the PTCB soon!

    Any advice!???? Please help!
    Tianaeliz18 Tianaeliz18
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 11

    Pharmacy Student First Internship

    Hey, I'm a pharmacy student currently working on my undergraduate. I recently scored an internship/job at the local pharmacy working as an assistant and eventually a tech. The head pharmacist agreed to mentor me so I'm not looking into any programs, but I am wondering what sorts...
    HuntFost HuntFost
    1 Response Feb 15, 2013


    What are the differences between the different categories of pediatric patients?
    rthoward rthoward
    Aug 11, 2012

    Pharmacy Tech

    I love what I do...Yes at times it is stressful that  I actually need a drink lol but its well worth it and I do not regret making this profession my choice of career....I would have to admit the patients at times are rude but they do not understand what really happens in...
    cpht2010 cpht2010
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Aug 21, 2010

    Cpht Ceu's

    Anyone else trying to find the time to get all your CEU's in for recertification!!? I have done about 10 hours of them and they are wearing me out!!:)
    jenderud jenderud
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 18, 2011

    I work in hospital and feel lucky to have my

    job. For every 40 or so retail tech jobs, there's one hospital tech job...I'm guessing but you get the point. Where I live in Louisiana, you're required to have an education and become nationally certified so I've gone through those hoops and did internships in both retail and...
    SpilledSecrets SpilledSecrets
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 27, 2014

    The Man Going Fishing

    I've worked in 2 pharmacies since I got my tech license roughly 2.5 years ago; a total of about only 9 months due to the time it took me to find my first tech job, and unemployment from medical issues between the jobs. In short, I'm pretty inexperienced still. In the earlier...
    Dhesyca Dhesyca
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Jul 20, 2009

    Career Change At 60

    I just passed the 14 week intensive Pharm Tech program @ Indiana University /NW, with an "A", but that's just the beginning of the work, I am laid off in an industry that is shrinking rapidly (pipe organ building). My family had a medical/ pharmacy history, but my Dad, Aunt...
    organsolo organsolo
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jul 9, 2012

    I had a patient today walk in pick up her meds

    walk out then come back and ask if she left her sunglasses there while she had the sunglasses on then realize they were on her face and walked out.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Mar 5, 2015

    Certified Pharmacy Technician

    I would like to start by saying "Thanks" to Pharmacy Technician Advisors. I was needing to prepare for my National Certification to become a CPht. I was not sure what I should be studying in order to prepare. I gave PTA a call and from start to finish they offered complete...
    devonet devonet
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jun 1, 2011

    Please Help Me Prepare For The Expct Exam

    I recently just got done with my Pharmacy Tech major here in Missouri. I'm planning to move to Milwaukee, WI to look for a Pharmacy Tech job, but first I want to take the ExPCT exam & become certified, but I am very nervous. Can anyone give me any tips, what's the main info I...
    LKL90 LKL90
    22-25, M
    Oct 6, 2012
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