Becoming a Pharmacy Technician in Maine

A career as a pharmacy technician may be for you if you enjoy healthcare, are detail-oriented and want a career in which you can positively impact people’s lives. Pharmacy technicians dispense prescriptions, manage inventory, prepare certain medications and complete other administrative work to support pharmacists. Each state has its own licensing requirements, and the following information will help you secure your license in Maine. [Leer en español]

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Basic Requirements

Pharmacy technicians in Maine must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years old and register with the Maine Board of Pharmacy before beginning work. After receiving your certification from the Board, you must report any changes in your workplace to the Board within 30 days of the change. The Maine Board of Pharmacy requires all applicants to undergo a criminal background check and pay a $41 application fee.

Pharmacy Technician Training Programs

Formal education programs for pharmacy technicians can be found at technical schools and community colleges throughout Maine. Check that the program you select is approved by the state Board before enrolling to ensure that your studies will qualify you for licensing exams. Here are some options to consider for your education:

  • Southern Maine Community College. This online program confers a certificate of completion to its students. It prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam by teaching fundamental skills in pharmacology, customer service and workplace operations. 
  • Academy of Medical Professionals. The Academy offers a 14-week, online program. Students have one full year to complete the program from their start date and work one-on-one with an instructor to receive personalized support.
  • Penn Foster Career School. Penn Foster offers an affordable, ASHP Accredited online Pharmacy Technician training program. More information.

Certification and Licensing Requirements

To work as a pharmacy technician in Maine, you must submit an application to the state Board of Pharmacy and renew your license each year. Renewal is free if done on time; a $50 late fee applies otherwise.

You are not required to obtain national certification to work in Maine. However, receiving your national certification designates you as a Certified Pharmacy Technician, can qualify you for higher-paying jobs and allows you to take on additional responsibilities in the workplace. Interested technicians must already have a high school diploma or GED, then register with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and pay a fee of $129. You must then complete continuing education requirements and renew your certification every two years if you would like to maintain its active status.

Career Outlook and Salary Expectations

Jobs for pharmacy technicians are expected to grow at an average nationwide rate of 12 percent during the 10 years to 2026, according to the Projections Managing Partnership. Growth for this field in Maine during the same time period is expected to be slower, at 4.4 percent.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians in Maine can expect an average annual salary of $31,690.

Working as a Pharmacy Technician in Maine

Pharmacy technicians can find work in a range of healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, chain or independent drugstores, clinics and nursing homes, among others. Many of these facilities are open late and also on the weekends, so you should expect to work on nights and weekends as part of your normal schedule. You should also be prepared to stand for long periods of time and to move heavy boxes of inventory when requested. Jobs that pay the highest salaries are typically located in cities like Portland and Augusta, which have a correspondingly higher cost of living, though you should be able to find job opportunities anywhere in the state.

FAQs

What are best pharmacy technician schools in Maine?

  1. Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
  2. Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
  3. Penn Foster Career School, Online
  4. Ashworth College, Online
  5. Rasmussen College, Online

How do you become a pharmacy technician in Maine?

  1. You must be at least 18 years old
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED
  3. Disclose criminal convictions
  4. Obtain employment as a pharmacy technician
  5. Apply to the Maine Board of Pharmacy
  6. “Advanced Pharmacy Technicians” must have Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Certification

How much do pharmacy technicians make in Maine?

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians in the state of Maine made an average of $31,690 per year in 2018. Entry-level pharm techs earned around $22,610 and some experienced professionals earned as much as $43,850.

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Portland-South Portland, ME Area

InterCoast Career Institute-South Portland

207 Gannett Dr, South Portland, Maine 04106Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

InterCoast Career Institute’s Certificate-level Pharmacy Technician program is taught at their South Portland campus in South Portland in Cumberland County, Maine. This private, for-profit college has in the region of 101 students in total, with most students on < 2-year programs. InterCoast Career Institute-South Portland has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.* The college’s retention rate for full-time students is 85%. Tuition fees for the Medical Assisting program are broadly about $14,730 for each academic year. Usually, the program is completed in 8 months.

* 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.

Out-of-State Options

Students may also wish to review their options in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.