How to become a pharmacy technician in Alabama

Below are the requirements  pharmacy technician in the state of Alabama,

Pharmacy Technician must

  • Be of seventeen (17) years of age or older;
  • Submit a written pharmacy technician application to the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy requesting a registration as a pharmacy technician, pay appropriate registration fee (Biennial Fee: $60.00), and receive registration certification BEFORE working in a pharmacy;
  • Obtain three (3) hours of continuing education with one (1) of the hours being a“LIVE” credit hour. Technicians can attend and receive CE credit for any continuing education hour that is ACPE-T approved.
  • An Alabama technician’s registration certificate MUST be displayed in the pharmacy where the technician is working at all times.
  • A technician MUST wear a nametag identifying them as such at all times.
  • Perform only pharmacy functions NOT requiring professional judgment.
  • Comply with ALL Federal Law, State Law, and Board of Pharmacy Rules.
  • It is a rule that three (3) technicians, one (1) of which has certification through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technician (ICPT) are sufficient in the prescription area for each licensed pharmacist on duty.
  • Work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist licensed in Alabama;
  • Notify the Board within 10 days of the change of employment.

The following are some of the stated duties of a pharmacy tech in the state of Alabama

A Technician Can:

  • Check in orders from the wholesaler that DO NOT contain controlled substances.
  • Place NON-CONTROLLED drugs into the pharmacy inventory.
  • Under direct supervision of a pharmacist a technician can
    1. Type the prescription label
    2. Count and pour
    3. Place a label on the bottle.
  • Perform any task that that does not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist. The pharmacist should make those tasks clear in order to adequately supervise any technician

In the state of Alabama, a pharmacy technician cannot do the doing

  • Communicate, ORALLY or in WRITING any of the following information:
    1. Medical, therapeutic, clinical or drug information;
    2. ** Accept by oral communication a new prescription of ANY nature. It should be understood that a technician CAN NOT call a physician or have a discussion with his agent regarding a new prescription; receive OR transcribe an orally transmitted voice message left to a recording device for the pharmacist.
    3. Prepare a copy of a prescription, or read a prescription to another person.
    4. Counsel a patient on medications or perform a drug utilization review.
    5. Provide a prescription or medication to a patient without a pharmacist’s verification as to the correctness of the prescription or medication. Verification shall mean that the licensed pharmacist shall be aware of the patient profile, DUR, computer overrides and drug interactions as well as the correctness of the selected medication
      and labeling.
    6. Place CONTROLLED drugs into the pharmacy inventory.


4 Steps to becoming a credible pharmacy tech in Alabama

1. Enroll in a pharmacy tech program
Enroll in a community college, a vocational school, or even an online school with the Alabama Pharmacy Technician certification program that fits the description of your choice. These courses will enable you to pass the PTCB exam, and earn the credentials necessary to becoming a certified professional Pharmacy Technician. You have the option of a 6-month to 1-year program, or you register for the an associate degree with a 2-years college in the state.

2. Take the PTCB Exam
After successful completion of a certification program, register for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. There are many different material available online for the test. Find study guides and sample tests to prepare for the test. Register and take the test. (Registration link in bottom)

3. Join the Alabama Board
After you have passed the PTCB exam, apply to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician in Alabama

4. Join state and national profession organization
Joining profession organization recognized the state and nationally will help your creditability and also keep you on your toes. Some of these organization offer training, seminar that help keep there members informed of latest activities in the pharmacy technician field. You will also have close connect with like-minded people. Below are some of the organization that you can join.

Alabama Board of Pharmacy

Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists
ALabama Association of Pharmacy Technicians (Facebook, Twitter, LinkIn)
Alabama Pharmacy technician requirements
Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
The Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT)


State of Alabama Pharmacy Technician License Application form

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