Pharmacy Assistant

Pharmacy Assistant

Stream Pharmacy
Course Type Professional
Duration 2 Years

Become a Pharmacy Assistant. The course provides an opportunity to interact with and learn from highly qualified and experienced professionals. The retail pharmacy is a vital health advisory centre in which graduates play an important role in.

The course assists you to enter a respected profession which continues to grow from strength to strength. Students will complete the following units:

Students in a pharmacy technician associate's degree program are introduced to a wide variety of pharmaceutical topics. The curriculum of most programs combines classroom coursework with laboratory and clinical experience. Students who earn an associate's degree should have the necessary knowledge to pass certification exams offered by the National Healthcareer Association and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Some of the courses in pharmacy technician programs are:

Pharmacy calculations

Basic clinical procedures

Pharmacology

Medical office practice

Pharmacy maintenance

Pathophysiology


Employment Outlook and Salary Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (www.bls.gov), employment growth of pharmacy technicians is anticipated to increase by 9% between 2014 and 2024, and employment of pharmacy aides is expected to increase by 0%. The BLS also states that as of May 2015, the median annual wage of pharmacy technicians was $30,410 and pharmacy aides earned $24,450.

Continuing Education Information

Pharmacy technicians may advance their careers by specializing in a particular area. Technicians with enough experience and training may also eventually become a pharmacist. Becoming a pharmacist involves additional formal training and further certification.

High school diploma and on-the-job training OR completion of a pharmacy assistant certificate program