Become a Pharm Tech in Idaho
This is excellent time to kick off a career as a Pharm Tech in Idaho. On this page, you can find information on schools and training for Pharm Tech, salaries, the job outlook and state requirements.
Idaho has followed the rest of the country in witnessing a steady rise in employment of pharmacy technicians, as well as in opportunities for making rapid progress within the ranks. With the recent (2015) record level of health care expenditure for the country ($10,000 per person), pharm techs will likely continue being in good demand in years to come. [Leer en español]
With a population of 1.56 million, The Gem State had 1,450 employed pharm techs in 2012, projected to rise to 1,910 by 2022, for a strong growth rate of 31.5% over the 10-year period.
In Idaho, you can receive an average annual salary of $41,800 (or an average hourly wage of $20.09) when you reach the 90 percentile of all pharm tech earners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this compares with an annual median salary of $31,070 for tech earners, or an hourly median wage of $14.94.
The 10 percentile of pharmacy technicians in Idaho, i.e. when you first start, receive on average an annual salary of $22,410, corresponding to an average hourly wage of $14.94. You can attain that percentile by way of further academic accomplishments as well as proficiency at work.
Salaries by Metropolitan Area
|Area||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Boise City-Nampa, ID||610||$15.57||$ 32,380|
|Coeur d'Alene, ID||140||$15.98||$ 33,230|
|Idaho Falls, ID||120||$14.38||$ 29,910|
|Lewiston, ID-WA||80||$16.66||$ 34,660|
|Pocatello, ID||130||$14.33||$ 29,810|
Salary comparison with other Pharmacy related professions in Idaho
|Profession||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Pharmacy Technicians||1,500||$15.16||$ 31,530|
|Pharmacy Aides||100||$11.26||$ 23,420|
You must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and must also be nationally certified. You can then send your application to the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy together with a check or money order for $35 (annual renewals will also cost $35).
To get nationally certified, the pharmacist/manager must put in place a training program that includes preparing and compounding medications, as well as other basics of Pharmacy. Pharmacists commonly rely for that on the National Pharmacy Technician Training Program, following which techs can sit for the Exam for Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).
There are several schools and community colleges that offer pharmacy technician programs in Idaho. On a campus in Boise, Carrington College boasts “real world experience” with a Pharmacy Technology program that combines between formal instruction and hands-on training. This would equip you to receive and prepare medications as well as maintain customer records. North Idaho College is a community college that offers pharm tech classes both online and on campus (high school or GED required). Milan Institute-Nampa is also worth checking out for their comprehensive pharmacy technician program.
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Carrington College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are imparted at their Boise campus in the city of Boise, Idaho. Most of the school’s 552 students are on 2-year programs. Carrington College-Boise has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, while the programs are separately accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.* The cost of tuition is, as a rough guide, in the order of $54,125 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $4,079, although this will depend on the program. This program has AHSP candidate status.
500 8th Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501Pharmacy Technician – Program
The program is taught at their location in Lewiston. This public college has in the region of 4,304 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. Lewis-Clark State College has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, while the program is separately accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.* Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $8,624 and for students from outside the state in the order of $19,142 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,632, as necessitated by the chosen program. This program has AHSP candidate status.
8590 W. Fairview Avenue, Boise, Idaho 83704-8320Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
Milan Institute’s Certificate Pharmacy Technician program is based at their Boise campus in the city of Boise. Milan Institute-Boise has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.* Fees for tuition are usually about $12,468 per year. Study materials can cost in the order of $1,240, as necessitated by the chosen program.
1021 W. Hemingway, Nampa, Idaho 83651Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at Milan Institute is offered at their Nampa campus in Nampa in Canyon County. Most of the school’s 255 students are on short programs of under two years. Milan Institute-Nampa is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.* The cost of tuition for the Pharmacy Technician program is broadly about $12,111 yearly, while study materials may cost about $936. Usually, the program is completed in 9 months.
1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2199Pharmacy Technology – Certificate Program
North Idaho College’s Certificate Pharmacy Technician program is based at their campus in the city of Coeur d’Alene. This public college has in the region of 6,029 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. North Idaho College has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and the program is separately accredited by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.* Fees for tuition for in-district students are generally about $2,974 and are $3,982 and $7,654 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively, while study materials may cost around $1,250, although this varies from program to program. This program is ASHP accredited.
* Accredition status and tuition fees are correct at the time of last update and are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college or university prior to application.