Top Pharmacy Technician Schools in Oregon

pharmacy technician image1Working as a pharmacy analyst allows you to help others, experience life in the medical field, and can be a career in its own right, or a stepping stone to careers as a pharmacist, nurse, or even doctor. But before you can get started in your new career, you'll need to be trained and certified. Below is a brief guide to prospective pharmacy analysts in Oregon explaining how to find an accredited school, some information on the certification process, and what you can expect to earn in your state. 

Find Accredited Pharmacy Technician Schools in Oregon

The most crucial aspect of finding a pharmacy expert school or program is to ensure that the program is accredited. Non-accredited programs are not recognized by the state, and you will not be able to register with the state board after graduating from these programs. To make the process simpler, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists has created a searchable database of accredited pharmacy enthusiast programs in each state, helping you ensure the program you choose will further your career goals. Each school name is linked to a directory listing with the program director's information and a brief description of the program, as well as a map showing where the schools are located within the state. 

How to Get Certified in Oregon

Once you graduate from the accredited program of your choice, you will need to register with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. The wait time is approximately one month, and you will need to be fingerprinted for the purposes of a background check. Once you are registered with the board, you will be issued a one-year, non-renewable license. Before the license expires, or before your 19th birthday, whichever comes first, you will have to pass the Pharmacy Specialist Certification Board exam and register with the board to become a Certified Oregon Pharmacy Specialist. If you do not become fully certified within the allotted period of time, your license will expire and you will have to start the process over in order to become a pharmacy enthusiast.

Salaries for Certified Pharmacy Technicians in Oregon

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy experts are experiencing a faster than average national employment growth rate of about 20 percent between 2012 and 2022. Nationally speaking, pharmacy enthusiasts earn, on average, about $29,320 per year, or $14 per hour. In Oregon, pharmacy experts enjoy among the top pay rates in the country, earning anywhere between $25,660 and $45,020 with the average analyst making $34,840, or $16.75 per hour. The National Pharmacy Specialty Association estimates that pharmacy analysts can earn $11 to $17 per hour on average in the United States, again placing Oregon right at the top of the pay scale.

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