How to Get a Pharmacy Tech License in Illinois

A pharmacy tech license in Illinois is not required but becoming licensed has many benefits. This blog post will explain the process of becoming licensed and the benefits of having a license.

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Introduction

A pharmacy technician is a healthcare professional who works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in a hospital, retail pharmacy, nursing home, or other medical facility. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medications and provide customer service to patients and other healthcare providers.

In order to work as a pharmacy technician in Illinois, you must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). To obtain a license, you must first pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Once you have passed the exam, you must submit an application for licensure to the IDFPR along with the appropriate fee.

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you may not be eligible for licensure. Convictions for certain crimes, such as fraud or theft, will automatically disqualify you from becoming a licensed pharmacy technician. However, convictions for other offenses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The IDFPR will also consider your employment history and any disciplinary actions taken against you by another state’s licensing board when determining your eligibility for licensure.

Once you are licensed, you must renew your license every two years. To renew your license, you must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education and pay the renewal fee.

Overview of the Pharmacy Technician Profession

Pharmacy technicians are in high demand across the United States. In Illinois, pharmacy techs must be licensed by the state in order to work. The process to get a pharmacy tech license in Illinois is not difficult, but there are a few requirements that must be met. In this article, we will go over everything you need to know in order to get your pharmacy tech license in Illinois.

Job Description

The pharmacy technician profession has evolved considerably over the past few decades. In Illinois, the pharmacy technician is an integral member of the pharmacy team who works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The pharmacy technician’s duties include, but are not limited to, compounding and labeling of medications, maintenance of inventory, and patient counseling.

In order to become a licensed pharmacy technician in Illinois, an individual must first complete an accredited pharmacy technician program and then pass a national certification exam. Once these requirements have been met, the individual must apply for a license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

There are many different paths that one can take to become a licensed pharmacy technician in Illinois. Below is an overview of the steps that must be completed in order to obtain a license.

1) Complete an accredited pharmacy technician program.
2) Pass a national certification exam.
3) Apply for a license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Work Settings

Pharmacy technicians practice in a variety of settings, including community pharmacies, hospitals, the armed forces, home health care agencies, long-term care facilities, mail service pharmacies, managed health care organizations, and other settings. In addition, pharmacy technicians may be self-employed as consultants or entrepreneurs.

A majority of pharmacy technicians work in community pharmacies. These pharmacies include chain drug stores, supermarkets with in-store pharmacies, and independent community pharmacies. Community pharmacists dispense medications to patients and offer other pharmaceutical services. They also provide information on prescription medications and over-the-counter products to health care providers and the public.

Salary and Job Outlook

The average salary for a pharmacy technician in Illinois is $33,430 per year, which is lower than the national average of $35,920 per year.1,2 Job growth in the state is projected to be higher than average at 11% from 2018-2028.3

Becoming a licensed pharmacy technician in Illinois requires completing a training program and passing a national certification exam.4 Read on to learn more about how to get started on your career path.

Steps to Becoming a Licensed Pharmacy Technician in Illinois

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to patients. They also perform various other tasks such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and taking inventory. In order to become a pharmacy technician in Illinois, there are a few steps you need to follow.

Complete a Pharmacy Technician Training Program

You must complete an accredited pharmacy technician training program or have completed at least 3 months of on-the-job training under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The program must be accredited by either:
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
You can find a list of ACPE accredited programs on their website.

Pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam

Any individual who wishes to become a licensed pharmacy technician in the state of Illinois must first pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). The PTCE is a national exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). To be eligible to take the PTCE, individuals must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and must have completed a pharmacy technician training program or have at least 1 year of work experience as a pharmacy technician.

The PTCE consists of 90 multiple-choice questions. The exam covers 4 content areas: pharmacy law, medications and their use, pharmacy calculations, and pharmacy operations. A passing score on the PTCE is 70%.

Registration for the PTCE can be done online on the PTCB website. The cost of the exam is $129. The PTCB also offers study materials to help individuals prepare for the exam. These include a review course, practice tests, and flashcards.

Once an individual has passed the PTPT CE, they can then apply for licensure as a pharmacy technician with the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Applicants must submit an application, which includes passing scores on the PTCE, to the department. There is a $50 fee for this application. After licensure has been granted, pharmacy technicians must renew their license every 2 years. There is a $30 fee for this renewal.

Apply for a License from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

The first step to becoming a licensed pharmacy technician in Illinois is to apply for a license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. You can do this by visiting their website and filling out an application. The application fee is $50, and you will need to submit proof of your completed education and training, as well as passing scores from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Experiential Pharmacy Technician Training Program (ExCPT). Once your application has been processed, you will be issued a license that is valid for two years.

Conclusion

Once you have met the above requirements and taken and passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), you will be a certified pharmacy technician in Illinois. You will need to renew your certification every two years and take 20 hours of continuing education every year to maintain your active status.

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