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Those who pay attention to details and like to help people can consider a career as a pharmacy technician.

If you’re one of them and want to know more about this job in Louisiana, read on!

Job Responsibilities for a Pharmacy Technician

These professionals work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.

Their main responsibilities are:

  • Dispensing prescriptions
  • Measuring and mixing the medication
  • Counting pills
  • Printing prescription labels
  • Performing administrative work

License and Certification Requirements

Most states don’t require national certification for pharmacy technicians, as registration with the local Board is enough.

In Louisiana, working as a pharmacy tech is a more complicated process that starts with registering with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician candidate.

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This is actually a training, or apprenticeship, period that lasts for 2 years.

The other requirements are:

  • Age over 18
  • Fill out the application form
  • Pay the application fee -$25
  • Pass a background check
  • Proof of being enrolled in a training program
  • Pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) or he Examination for Certification as Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT)

The PTCE exam is offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

The ExCPT exam is offered by the National Health career Association (NHA).

At the end of the training, after you pass one of the exams, you’ll be allowed to apply to become a pharmacy technician.

This application is to obtain the certification, and there’s a fee of $100 associated with this process.

The certification has to be renewed every year before the end of June, for a $50 fee, and only after completing 10 hours of continuing education.

Pharmacy Tech Training Programs

As mentioned, in Louisiana, you cannot become a pharmacy tech without formal training.

The training can be completed through an accredited program offered by one of the colleges in this state.

You need to check out the enrolling requirements of each school as not all of them are the same.

For instance, some schools will require a minimum GPA of 2.0, while others will require high school transcripts, or passing an interview and typing test.

Most training programs last for under 2 years, and many are as short as 8 months.

Day and evening classes are available at some of these institutions as well, though some of them offer only day, full-time classroom education.

School NameAddress
Ayers Career College8820 Jewella Ave, Shreveport, Louisiana 71118
Bossier Parish Community College6220 East Texas, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
Central Louisiana Technical Community College4311 South MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302-3137
Delgado Community College615 City Park Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Healthcare Training Institute322 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, Louisiana 70062-7630
Infinity College117 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70501
Louisiana State University8100 Hwy 71 South, Alexandria, Louisiana 71302-9121
Northshore Technical Community College1710 Sullivan Dr, Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427
Remington College10551 Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
Remington College303 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508
Remington College2106 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 71118
Unitech Training Academy7228 England Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Unitech Training Academy1227 Grand Calliou Road, Houma, Louisiana 70363
Unitech Training Academy3605 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
Unitech Training Academy2827 4th Avenue, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601-7887
Unitech Training Academy6660 Riverside Drive, Metairie, LA 70003
Unitech Training Academy111 Crosley Street Suite 4, West Monroe, Louisiana 71291

The coursework may include:

  • Humanities electives,
  • Psychology,
  • College algebra,
  • Specific science electives

It’s also common for these schools to offer training and certification for first aid and CPR.

Salary

In Louisiana, the factors influencing the salary the most are the working hours, experience, and the type of facility one works for.

Annual Salary Range:
$27K
$33K
$41K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
New Orleans$34,800
Baton Rouge$32,594
Shreveport$32,229
Metairie$34,800
Lafayette$32,207
Lake Charles$31,766
Bossier City$32,229
Kenner$34,781
Alexandria$34,252
Houma$34,520

Extra Information

When choosing a school is important to check out the type of hands-on training they offer.

It’s not very common to gain experience through a Visual Scripts software like at Unitech Training Academy.

Some institutions offer internships with local pharmacies.

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