Pharmacy Technician License Question

Hi all I am currently studying to take the PTCB exam, and had a few questions about employment and the state license. I live in Nevada which is a state that requires I pass the PTCB and also graduate from a school in order to get a certificate of registration. However that application for registration says this “If you only have a certificate from the pharmacy technician Certification Board (PTCB) or National pharmacy technician Exam (ICPT) you will be required to work in Nevada as a registered pharmaceutical technician in training for 500 hours”. So I assume that after 500 of hours of work I can become a regular pharmacy technician? What is a pharmacy technician trainee? Would I have a normal pharmacy technician job and get paid or is it something else? Thanks in advance!

 

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Well I live in Texas and here in order to be certified by the state all you need is a passing PTCB exam. The reason I am posting though is because before I took the exam I was registered by the state as a pharmacy technician trainee (In Texas all they did was a background check) and was able to work in the pharmacy. After being certified all that changed was the pay. So based of my experiance you will be doing pharmacy technician work but just have a lower pay than a certified pharmacy technician until you become certified yourself.

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yes thats how it used to be here in florida all you had to do was take the PTCB and work for 1000 hours then you become registered but they changed it as of recently

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What is it like exactly now? I’m going to finish my degree within a year and I’ve been heavily considering a career in pharmacy, in which I’ll be a pharmacy technician while going to school for my Pharm.D.

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Damn, that program is extremely expensive. How would I get some experience in a pharmacy without a pharmacy technician job? I’m very interested in the clinical side, as well as just the way drugs work with the human body. I absolutely loved all of my chemistry courses, including Organic, which I was at my best when researching medicines.

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FL and I’m taking biochemistry next semester. Also in cell biology this semester which has some elements of biochemistry.

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Usf, planning to try and focus on Usf and UF.

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Personal opinion dont do USf if you plan on clinical. they are too new of a school with no proven program they are not accredited yet and dont have a tested and tried system of teaching they will be shuffling the curriculum around to much while you are there to make it right. UF best pharm school in the country also the hardest to get into. they have one of the highest applicant pools for pharmacy schools there is. Average gpa accepted is a 3.7 and a 90 pcat with pharmacy experience so if you are below a 3.5 or 85 pcat and have zero experience you most likely wont get an interview. stay far away from FAMU worst school in the state by far most preceptors refuse to take their students for rotation also very low naplex scores. PBA and NOVA are the top picks if you dont get into UF. PBA is considered to be the second best in the state next to UF with employment and they have the highest naplex past 3 years downside its a christian school if thats not what your into. Nova also an amazing school much bigger class size around 200 kids. PBA and nova both cost the same. LECOM its a 3 year school that’s up to you you will end up spending more in tuition but graduate sooner. If i where you and dont get into UF i would choose Nova or PBA, USF is just too new yet but that’s my opinion do what is the absolute best for you and cheapest.

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Thanks a lot. I definitely appreciate the advice. If I get into a pharmacy program, does that automatically allow me to apply for pharmacy technician jobs after taking the pharmacy technician exam, or will I need to get into some internship (like the previously mentioned CVS one)?

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It looks like that your state requires school or on the job training before you become a full fledged licensed technician in Nevada. So while you ARE nationally certified, until you complete the 500 hours at a walgreens/cvs “in training” or go to school in your state you are not actually a licensed technician.
Most states do have an either/or on the license, but sounds like Nevada isnt one of them. Hope this helps.