The pharmacy technician in Nevada is an entry-level health worker who helps the pharmacist in many daily functions around the store. Some technicians can potentially become employed even if they aren’t certified, but this is becoming unusual because the majority of facilities now would prefer to hire only applicants who have finished a formal program.
How to become a pharmacy technician in Nevada.
The four steps to become a pharmacy tech in Nevada are outlined below.
What does a pharmacy tech do in Nevada?
Pharmacy technicians in Nevada work under the guidance of a pharmacist, and are given the task of performing a range of supporting duties that help in keeping the pharmacy running smoothly. The basic duties performed by the vast majority of pharmacy techs are listed here.
Step 1: Determine whether you would like to get certified
Your first step to becoming a pharmacy tech is to decide whether or not you’re planning to become certified. It is not mandatory to have a certification to work in every part of the country, but an ever-increasing number of facilities around the land are choosing to only employ certified applicants.
Step 2: Locate a program accredited by PTAC and register for training
The list below is all the accredited pharmacy tech schools in Nevada.
Why PTAC accreditation matters
Milan Institute-Las Vegas 710 South Tonopah Drive Las Vegas NV 89106-4031 702-671-4242 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Pima Medical Institute-Las Vegas 3333 East Flamingo Road Las Vegas NV 89121 702-458-9650 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Career College of Northern Nevada 1421 Pullman Dr. Sparks NV 89434-7905 775-856-2266 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Milan Institute-Sparks 950 Industrial Way Sparks NV 89431 775-348-7200 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Northwest Career College 7398 Smoke Ranch Road, Ste 100 Las Vegas NV 89128 702-254-7577 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Carrington College-Las Vegas 5740 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 140 Las Vegas NV 89119 702-688-4300 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
College of Southern Nevada 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas NV 89146-1164 702-651-5000 Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Step 3: Fulfill all required hands-on training hours and finish the program
After finding an accredited course that meets your requirements, the next thing is to complete it. The classroom and hands-on parts of the conventional course can be completed in a year or less.
Step 4: Pass one of the national certification exams
The PTCE and ExCPT are the two exams that grant nationally-recognized pharmacy technician certifications. Becoming eligible to sit for these exams calls for you to first graduate from a PTAC-accredited course. You’ll receive the national credential of CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) by passing either examination.
Both of these exams are described in greater detail here.
Pharmacy technician pay in Nevada
Pharmacy technician pay in Nevada varies a bit from the nation’s average, as is shown in the table below that uses bls.gov data.
|Other Nevada BOS||Hourly||$13.14||$18.89||$23.56|
|Carson City, NV MSA||Hourly||$13.51||$18.00||$22.83|
|Reno-Sparks, NV MSA||Hourly||$12.09||$17.05||$22.92|
|Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA||Hourly||$12.19||$16.79||$23.51|
|Western Central Nevada BOS||Hourly||$10.63||$15.24||$18.87|