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pharmacy assistant requirementsA pharmacy assistant can help process prescriptions and assist customers under the direction of a licensed pharmacist or a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy assistants may also be referred to as pharmacy aides and are often responsible for clerical or administrative tasks in a pharmacy.

If you are interested in working as a pharmacy aide, you can get some answers to common questions below. You can also learn more about what a pharmacy assistant does and get your career as a pharmacy assistant started by taking the Stratford Career Institute affordable, online Pharmacy Assistant course.

What Does a Pharmacy Assistant Do?

A pharmacy assistant may be responsible for:

  • answering customer questions
  • providing customer service
  • answering phones
  • running cash registers
  • referring people to a pharmacist for medical advice
  • ordering pharmacy items
  • dispensing prescriptions
  • packaging prescriptions
  • preparing prescriptions labels
  • maintaining stock lists
  • delivering prescriptions in a hospital
  • ensuring prescriptions get to the pharmacist
  • selling over the counter medicines
  • stocking shelves
  • taking in pharmacy deliveries
  • filling out pharmacy paperwork

While pharmacy assistants can help with many tasks related to prescriptions, in some areas they may not be able to directly handle medication.

In these areas, pharmacy assistants help with more clerical and administrative tasks while the licensed pharmacists work with the medication.

You should research the laws in your area to find out what exactly a pharmacy assistant can do where you live. 

What Skills and Personality Traits do Pharmacy Assistants Need?

In order to be successful, pharmacy assistants need to be:

  • responsible
  • attentive to detail
  • good at working with people
  • able to provide excellent customer service
  • computer savvy
  • able to take directions well
  • excellent verbal and written communicators
  • understanding of federal, state and local laws related to pharmacy work
  • able to comply with federal, state and local laws related to pharmacy work
  • empathetic to customers’ needs

Where Does a Pharmacy Assistant Work?

Pharmacy assistants can work in a number of different settings including pharmacies inside of retail stores, clinics and hospitals. As a pharmacy assistant, you will spend a lot of time on your feet. You may also work nights and weekends to accommodate people who need to go to the pharmacy at odd hours.

How Can I Become a Pharmacy Assistant?

In order to become a pharmacy assistant, you usually only need a high school diploma or equivalent. However, many employers may prefer that you have some experience working in a pharmacy, or took a pharmacy assistant training class. Stratford Career Institute proudly offers a Pharmacy Assistant distance learning course which can help you stand out from the competition.

Enroll today to get your pharmacy assistant career started!

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Become a Pharmacy Assistant

Become a Pharmacy Assistant

Are you interested in becoming a pharmacy assistant? Learn more about being a pharmacy assistant in our distance learning course.