Think back to the last time you dropped off or picked up a prescription at a retail pharmacy. Chances are good that you were assisted by a pharmacy technician — the friendly face behind the counter who patiently receives and fills your prescriptions, rings up your purchase, and helps you on your way to feeling better.
If you've got great people skills and attention to detail, and you'd like to put those skills to work helping others in a healthcare setting (without necessarily having to give anyone a shot), a Pharmacy Technician Associate degree from Brown College might be just what the doctor ordered to help you launch a rewarding new career.
Pharmacy technicians work alongside licensed pharmacists, helping them dispense prescription medication and other important tasks. In addition to retail pharmacies, pharmacy techs can also work at hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, and other healthcare settings.
As a pharmacy technician, your responsibilities can vary depending on where you work. But here's some of what you might find yourself doing:
- Interacting with customers, doctors, and other medical professionals
- Counting, preparing, packaging, and labeling prescription medication
- Maintaining patient records
- Keeping track of pharmacy inventory
- Assisting with and processing and insurance claims
- Helping people feel better
- ... and more!
The Associate degree in Pharmacy Technician program at Brown College provides you with technical and practical training that will prepare you for an entry-level position assisting a licensed pharmacist in a variety of healthcare facilities. You'll also participate in a supervised externship that will allow you to gain valuable real-world experience— helping patients, interacting with doctor and insurers, filling prescriptions, and becoming familiar with the day-to-day business of a pharmacy.
Opportunities: Where can your career as a Pharmacy Technician take you?
Pharmacy technicians are in demand these days, and the opportunities are expected to keep growing in the coming years.* Thanks to ongoing advances in the pharmaceutical industry, prescription medications are more important than ever in keeping people healthy. Meanwhile, the US population is aging — and senior citizens depend more on prescription medication than younger people do.
In fact, according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent between 2010 and 2020 — growing at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.*
Skills and Training: How you'll prepare for your new career
As you earn your Pharmacy Technician Associate degree at Brown College, you'll be working with expert instructors — many of whom have experience working in the healthcare industry, communicating with doctors and insurers, and overseeing the day-to-day business of managing pharmacies. In addition to preparing medication, your coursework will cover pharmacology, drug interactions, pharmacy calculations, inventory and billing, customer service, maintaining patient records, pharmacy law and ethics, and much more.
As part of the program, you'll also gain meaningful, real-world experience by working in a pharmacy setting as a part of a supervised externship/internship.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.
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