What Is A Pharmacy Technician?
A pharmacy technician is a registered and licensed healthcare professional that works closely with a pharmacist to perform pharmacy-related functions.
What Does A Pharmacy Technician Do?
A pharmacy technician accomplishes many pharmacy-related tasks under the supervision of a pharmacist, including:
- Supplying Medication, Whether It's Prescription Or Over The Counter (OTC)
- Assembling Medicines For Prescriptions
- Produce Medicine For Hospitals & Other Pharmaceutical Applications
- Provide Information To Patients & Healthcare Professionals
You can read more about pharmacy technician's scope of work on our page here. (INTERNAL LINK TO PHARMACY TECH SCOPE)
What Is The Difference Between A Pharmacy Technician & A Pharmacist?
While pharmacists and pharmacy technicians both work in pharmacy spaces, their tasks are different. Pharmacists are supervisors, have an in-depth knowledge of medications, and ensure patients get the right medicines for their prescriptions. Pharmacists must complete a pharmacy degree.
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in many different ways, including administrative and filling prescriptions for patients. Pharmacy technicians must undergo training, including receiving a certificate, diploma or degree in pharmacy technician studies.
What's The Difference Between A Pharmacy Technician & A Pharmacy Assistant?
Essentially the difference between a pharmacy technician and a pharmacy assistant is that a pharmacy technician has a larger scope of practice and responsibility. A pharmacy assistant handles many clerical, customer service and technical tasks. Their tasks include talking to
customers and preparing compounding drugs. Pharmacy technicians are different because they can independently take verbal prescription orders and confirm and prepare prescriptions and refills.
Can A Pharmacy Technician Prescribe Drugs To Me?
No, a pharmacy technician cannot write prescriptions.
How Do I Become A Pharmacy Technician?
There are a couple of steps to becoming a pharmacy technician, and largely it depends on which province you want to practice in. We have a resource put together with each province's pharmacy technician programs and next steps after receiving your diploma. Please view our Pathway To Pharmacy Technician page here.