Nevada Pharmacy Technician Requirements

In Nevada, all pharmaceutical technicians or pharmaceutical technicians-in-training are required to register with the Board of Pharmacy.  According to the regulations (NAC 639.240), applicants for registration must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be a high school graduate or the equivalent, and
  • not have any misdemeanor or felony convictions, and

If registering as a Pharmacy Technician, the applicant must also fulfill one of the following requirements and submit the appropriate documentation:

  • complete a Nevada board approved training program (submit a copy of your certificate      of completion) NAC 639.256 – OR
  • if currently registered or licensed in another state as a pharmacy technician submit a copy of your registration or complete on-line verification (registration/licensing standards must be equivalent to those of Nevada) – OR
  • If the state in which the applicant has been employed does not offer registration, licensure or certification as a pharmaceutical technician:
    1. Nevada requires that the technician must have completed 1,500 hours of on the job training in that state, and
    2. must register as a technician-in-training and complete 350 hours of documented training in a Nevada pharmacy within one year – OR
  • Completion of at least 1,500 hours of experience in a Nevada pharmacy as a        pharmaceutical technician in training – OR
  • Completion of an Armed Forces pharmacy technician training program, OR
  • Attained either PTCB or ICPT certification, and received board approved training in           another state, but it was not ASHP approved.

Please note:

The registration application states, that if you only have PTCB or ICPT certification, you will need to apply to the Board as a technician-in-training and must complete 500 hours of training in a Nevada pharmacy.  Also the application will need the signature of the pharmacy manager where the technician will receive their training, or the fee and application will be returned.

All pharmaceutical technician registrations expire on October 31st of even numbered years, no matter when the license was issued. Employment is NOT required to renew your technician registration.

Below the listing of pharmacy technician schools, is information about what techs can earn and some resources techs can utilize to find employment in Nevada.

 

Nevada Pharmacy Technician Schools 

Nevada has several pharmacy technician training programs that are accredited by the ASHP.

  • Anthem Institute – Las Vegas       
  • Career College of Northern Nevada – Sparks   
  • College of Southern Nevada – Las Vegas   
  • Kaplan College – Las Vegas   
  • Milan Institute – Reno / Sparks Campus 

Watch the video for information about Pima Medical Institute’s pharmacy tech program:

 

Continuing Education Requirements in Nevada

Pharmacy technicians are required to complete at least 12 hours of in-service training and one (1) CE hour in Nevada pharmacy law, during the 2-year period immediately preceding the renewal of the their pharmacy technician registration.

Nevada statutes also provide that a technician may substitute the CEUs necessary for PTCB or ICPT recertification, for the in-service training.  Should this option be chosen, documentation must be maintained in the pharmacy for inspection.

The Nevada law CE can be obtained by attending a Board of Pharmacy meeting on your own or along with pharmacists.  Again please note: the Nevada Law program may NOT be substituted by any other program.

 

What Do Pharmacy Technicians Earn in Nevada?

Pharmacy technician hourly wages in Nevada for 2012 averaged around $16.01 per hour or an annual salary of $33,300, which is considerably higher than the national average of $14.10 per hour or $29,300 per year.  The salary range for pharmacy technician jobs in Nevada start at around $12.04 per hour at the low end and reach an hourly high of around $22.37.

 

Finding a Pharmacy Technician Job in Nevada 

The school where you complete your pharmacy technician training should have a job placement department.  This is always a good place to start when looking for pharmacy technician jobs in Nevada.

Another good resource for locating available jobs is utilizing employment search engines like GlassDoor, SimplyHired, CareerBuilder and Indeed dot com.  Each allow you to set up a free profile and will send you email alerts when Pharmacy technician jobs are posted by local Nevada pharmacies.

If you didn’t receive a job offer from the pharmacy where you completed your externship, be sure to send them a thank you letter anyway. Try to maintain any relationships you may have developed during your clinical experience for possible employment leads in the future.

Don’t forget to check the websites of local hospitals and retail pharmacies for new job listings.  The good news is that the state of Nevada is expected to have an annual average of eighty (80) pharmacy technician job openings until 2020.

 

Sources for Nevada wage and employment information:  Bureau of Labor & Statistics and Nevada Wage Information

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