Pharmacists generally prefer to hire assistants who are graduates of a related training program. Courses include business communications, human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacy math, retail pharmacy practice, sterile product prepartion, pharmacy compounding, hospital pharmacy, pharmacy software, first aid and CPR, client service and career management.
However, there are many pharmacy assistants who are trained on the job. The main qualifications are being accurate, efficient and good with people. Previous customer service experience is a big asset.
And, most employers want a candidate with a high school diploma. Typically pharmacy assistants earn a base hourly rate between $11.23 and $14.69.