Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Idaho
Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists by dispensing prescriptions, managing inventory and completing other administrative work. The job is ideal for those who enjoy healthcare and the opportunity to help others. Pharmacy technicians are in high demand throughout the country, but each state has its own licensing requirements. The following information will help you become a pharmacy technician in Idaho. [Leer en español]
Pharmacy technicians must be at least 18 years old to practice in Idaho, though 16-year-olds may register as pharmacy technicians in training if they are currently enrolled in a school-supervised program and receive a waiver. Pharmacy technicians must submit to a background check and have a high school diploma or GED, a copy of which should be submitted along with fingerprints, a copy of their government-issued ID, and a Non-Criminal Justice Applicant Privacy Statement.
Pharmacy Technician Training Programs
Community colleges and technical schools throughout Idaho offer training programs for aspiring pharmacy techs. Be sure that the program you select is approved by the State Board before enrolling. The following schools offer acceptable programs:
- Carrington College. Carrington offers a nine-month certificate program and a two-year associate’s degree program for pharmacy technicians. Both offer theory and practical training elements to prepare students for real-world work.
- North Idaho College. Students at North Idaho College will learn through online theory courses, on-campus labs and experiential learning opportunities in the community. The program teaches a basic understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacy law and the classification and use of 200 prescription drugs.
- Idaho State University. Idaho State operates basic and advanced technical certificate programs, which can be completed in one to one-and-a-half years. Students will participate in labs, classroom instruction and practicums at local pharmacies.
- Penn Foster Career School. Penn Foster offers an affordable online Pharmacy Technician training program. More information.
Certification and Licensing Requirements
Before beginning work in a pharmacy, pharmacy technicians and technicians in training must register with the Idaho Board of Pharmacy, which will issue a license after receiving a completed application and proof of the applicant’s graduation from an accredited training program. This license must be renewed each year before June 30.
The state of Idaho does not require pharmacy technicians to have national certification. However, receiving this certification can lead to higher-paying jobs in the future and will earn technicians the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician. To apply, pharmacy technicians must register with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and have a high school diploma or GED. They must also take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and pay a fee of $129. Certified pharmacy technicians must complete continuing education requirements and renew their certification every two years in order to maintain it.
Career Outlook and Salary Expectations
Jobs for pharmacy technicians are expected to grow rapidly in Idaho. According to the Projections Managing Partnership, the field will increase by 22.5 percent in the 10 years to 2026. The national average growth rate during the same time period, meanwhile, is 12 percent.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average annual salary for a pharmacy technician in Idaho is $35,920. This salary can be higher for those with national certification.
Working as a Pharmacy Technician in Idaho
Pharmacy technicians can work in a variety of settings, including independent or chain drugstores, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Part-time and full-time roles are available. Many pharmacies are open late, so you may be asked to work nights or weekends. Be prepared to stand for long periods of time and lift heavy loads of medication as well. The highest paying jobs can be found in cities like Boise, which offer higher salaries to compensate for the cost of living. However, pharmacy technicians are in high demand and work can be found throughout the state.
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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.