Chemotherapy Pharmacy Technician

A Chemotherapy pharmacy technician assists pharmacists with chemotherapy infusions.

Chemotherapy is a medical treatment involving intravenous drugs that combat cancer cells.

Chemotherapy technicians, specially certified pharmacy technicians, are a part of the healthcare team of professionals who care for cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments.


The role of chemotherapy pharmacy technicians is to assist pharmacists with several important tasks including:

  • labeling bottles of medication,
  • opening jars,
  • operating certain pieces of medical equipment,
  • and stocking shelves.

More importantly, they are often responsible for setting up and cleaning the machines that are used for mixing the chemotherapy medications. Sometimes they also fill out forms or related patient charts with vital pieces of information.

The skills required to be a chemotherapy pharmacy technician include:

  • listening,
  • following strict instructions,
  • and performing mathematical calculations.

The math calculations involved include the following:

  • adding and subtracting numbers,
  • calculating ratios,
  • figuring alligations,
  • and working with fractions.

It is important to make sure you mix, administer and store the correct dosages of medications carefully. Calculating a math problem incorrectly could mean that someone gets the wrong dosage (either too much or too little) of an vitally important prescribed medication.

It is also useful to have a basic knowledge of medical terms and chemotherapy practices if you’re going to be a chemotherapy technician.

In order to get the education required to be a pharmacy technician or chemotherapy technician, one can look into a variety of programs at community colleges and medical training facilities alike.

Many institutions offer one year long programs exclusively for chemotherapy technicians; however most schools offer the general training course to become a pharmacy technician, and then offer classes that cover chemotherapy training. Also, most hospitals and cancer treatment centers offer on-the-job training for new hires.

In order to become a certified chemotherapy technician, individuals must pass a written exam which is administered by either the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, or by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians.

The employment outlook for chemotherapy pharmacy technicians is fairly good, and steadily improving. There is rising demand for individuals in this field due to: an aging population that needs more prescription drugs, the increased prevalence of cancer, and new drug discoveries.

There are too many tasks for pharmacists to do alone, which is why pharmacy technicians and chemotherapy technicians alike are necessary to keep things running smoothly.

Top of Chemotherapy Pharmacy Technician

Back to Pharmacy Technician Settings

Back to Home

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.
[?]Subscribe To This Site
  • XML RSS
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!


Didn't find what you were looking for? Use the box below to search this entire site.

Custom Search



Recent Articles

  1. Eye Drop Days Supply

    Feb 18, 18 07:59 PM

    Eye Drop Days Supply - This page includes how entering the correct days supply when first filling a new rx for eye drops can prevent some potential problems for future refills. Also, a handy chart is…

    Read More

  2. How many days will a 12 fl oz bottle last at 1 tablespoon by mouth three times daily?

    Feb 17, 18 11:24 PM

    How many days will a 12 fl oz bottle of medication last if a patient takes 1 tablespoonful by mouth three times daily?

    Read More

  3. Prior Authorization Rx Mandated to Different Pharmacy, New Pharmacy Wont Disclose Any Info, Cites HIPAA

    Feb 17, 18 11:17 PM

    Hi, I have seen it starting to occur where my company receives an RX from an office, we obtain prior authorization approval only to learn it is mandated

    Read More

  4. Local, Privately Owned Pharmacy Closed, and ALL Records/Rxs Transfered to Chain. HIPAA Violation?

    Feb 17, 18 11:08 PM

    My local, private pharmacy closed. No notice was given to customers/patients prior to the closure. The pharmacy owner took it upon himself to transfer

    Read More

  5. Pharmacy Tech Loudly Embarasses Customer: Did Tech Violate HIPAA Law?

    Feb 17, 18 10:54 PM

    I recently walked into a major grocery chain's pharmacy. The tech that took my prescription, looks at it and very loudly said are you trying to lose weight?

    Read More

  6. Days supply Norco 60 pills 1 every six hours as needed

    Feb 15, 18 05:34 PM

    I have a prescription for Norco, the amount of pills is sixty. I take one every six hours as needed. I filled the prescription on 10/9/17. Today is 11/3/17.

    Read More

  7. Days Supply Question: Cosentyx 90 day supply - How many syringes will be dispensed?

    Feb 15, 18 05:15 PM

    How many syringes would you get on a 90 day supply of Cosentyx?

    Read More

  8. Days Supply Question: Amoxicillin 500mg #42 - One cap po every 8 hours

    Feb 15, 18 05:04 PM

    What is the day supply for the following? Amoxicillin 500mg #42: i cap po q8h

    Read More

  9. When Would a Tech Perform Temperature Conversions?

    Feb 08, 18 11:36 PM

    when would a pharmacy technician need to perform temperature conversions?

    Read More

  10. How do you figure Days Supply for BD Needles (Pen Needles and such)

    Feb 08, 18 11:07 PM

    How do you figure days supply for the BD Pen needles?

    Read More

  11. What is the correct way to bill an insurance company for a taper?

    Feb 08, 18 10:10 PM

    What would be the correct way to submit the days supply to the patient's insurance for a tapering medication? For example, if the rx says zolft 25mg

    Read More

  12. Norco 40 pills 2 po every 4 hours or 1 po every 6 hours - What is days supply?

    Feb 07, 18 10:18 PM

    I got script of 40 norco; I broke my pelvis. The directions on the first two scripts said one pill every 6 hrs, enough to last 10 days. Now I started

    Read More

  13. How do you figure Days Supply on an Albuterol Nebulizer Solution prescription?

    Feb 06, 18 05:16 PM

    What is the days supply for Albuterol 2.5ml vials x 25 vials, with a sig of 1 vial via nebulizer qid?

    Read More

  14. Pharmacy Technician Pay Raise

    Feb 06, 18 05:10 PM

    Pharmacy Technician Pay Raise - Here are some general strategies you can use to ask for a well-deserved pay raise. Some of these strategies include: being a good employee, becoming nationally certifie…

    Read More

  15. Pharmacy Tech Sample Resume

    Feb 06, 18 04:46 PM

    Pharmacy Tech Sample Resume - This page displays a sample resume of a pharmacy technician, and shows an example of how it could or should be laid out. It's important to highlight the pharmacy setting…

    Read More