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Making the Jump from Pharmacy Technician to Pharmacist?

  
  

The opportunities available for Pharmacy School graduates are vast and rewarding!  Students are often unaware of all the benefits that come along with the pharmacy profession. 

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Is pharmacy the career for you?  Working as a Pharmacy Technician has given you some insight, but there is still a lot to consider. 

Here are the three steps to determining if becoming a Pharmacist is the right fit for you:

1.    RESEARCH:

 colleagues  resized 6002.    SHADOW:
  • Once you have narrowed your interests, schedule some time to visit a related healthcare practice.
  • Ask questions when visiting so you educate yourself on the occupation.
  • Keep in mind some locations can only answer your questions over the phone or outside the pharmacy because of safety and privacy laws.

3.    EXPLORE THE CAREER:

  • Pre-pharmacy coursework is the first step in your journey to become a pharmacist
  • Visit a counselor or advisor at your college to go over the required courses for admission to pharmacy school.  Make sure to plan when you will take these courses.
  • Take a Pharmacy Technician training program as a part of your pre-pharmacy education.
  1. Pharmacy Technician training programs, like the one offered by MK Education, offers students a unique advantage in learning about the pharmacy profession from an expert in the profession.
  2. You will learn various topics in pharmacy practice that you may be unaware of including diseases states, pharmacy compounding, storage and label requirements, and healthcare privacy laws. 

The pharmacy profession is very challenging and has many rewards as you take care of the thousands of patients in your daily routine.   With the proper research, shadowing and course plan, you will be ready make the transition from a Pharmacy Technician to a Pharmacist!

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What tips do you have for a smooth transition from Pharmacy Technician to Pharmacist?

Comments

HI IM A PHARM-D GRADUATE & WANTED TO HAVE GUIDANCE WHETHER SHOULD I HAVE EXPERIENCE AS PHARMACY TECHNICIAN BEOFRE I BECOME A CLINICAL PHARMACIST.WILL IT ADD TO MY ADVANTAGE OR WILL IT BE REGARDED AS NEGAITVE REMARK TO MY QUALIFICATION CAUSE IM TRAINING IN THE HOSPITAL SETTING & THEY WANT TO OFFER ME TECHNICIAN JOB.I WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE THAT I SHOULDN'T WORK AS A TECHNICIAN AS IT ADDS A NEGATIVE MARK IN FUTURE FIELD. I NEED STILL NEED TO GET MY LICENSE.HOPING TO HEAR A RESPONSE ASAP.
Posted @ Monday, July 09, 2012 12:12 AM by Dr. Ayesha Khan
Hello Ayesha! 
 
If you are waiting to get licensed, there is no negative connotation to work as a technician. There are quite a few pharmacists that are currently working as technicians or interns till they are licensed. After you pass your exams and are licensed as a pharmacist, you can continue working as a technician or intern till you are offered a job as a pharmacist. Since you are a new graduate, there is nothing wrong with working as a technician and there won’t be any negative reflection on your credentials.
Posted @ Monday, July 09, 2012 12:05 PM by Sarah Williams
Hello I am interested in becoming a pharmacy technician after my military service and I ultimately will like to become a pharmacist I understand that it takes at least 8 years to become a pharmacist & I imagine its competitive, is it the right move to pursue pharmacy tech first? any advice. Thank you!
Posted @ Thursday, August 02, 2012 6:27 PM by Jonathan Valenzuela
To Jonathan,  
 
 
 
Yes, it would be the right move to pursue technician first, as it will give you the basic knowledge of pharmacy and it'll get your foot in the door. I just finished technician school and want to pursue pharmacy school in the future.
Posted @ Sunday, August 26, 2012 1:58 AM by Amber L
I agree with Sarah. I have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and I have had technicians and certified technicians get accepted into pharmacy school. They have said that by having experience in pharmacy before going to pharmacy school helped them make that decision. Some technicians say that pharmacy or going to the next level of being a pharmacist was not for them. Again, it cannot hurt your prospects if you want to become a pharmacy technician first before taking out a bunch of loans to pay for undergrad, the PCAT, and pharmacy school!
Posted @ Saturday, September 01, 2012 11:29 PM by PharmD Blogger
I've completed a 3yrs pharm.Technician course in Ghana,but my certificate is not ready.What do I need from my institution before I can register for the PTCB exams. tnx  
Posted @ Wednesday, December 26, 2012 2:25 PM by Asiedu Kwarteng
I AM A GRADUATE OF THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND I WANT TO BE A PHARMACIST BUT I DONT KNOW HOW AND WHERE TO START FROM?
Posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:00 AM by Ahmed Safia
I am also in high school and will be taken a pharmacy tech class my senior year. thank you for the information. I would like to know was it very difficult. Many of the websites i visit made it seem that way.
Posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 1:13 PM by deja dawkins
I am already a licensed pharmacy technician and would like to know what exactly what are my next steps to become a pharmacist? Some information I did understand but I am still at tad bit confused!
Posted @ Monday, March 04, 2013 7:18 AM by Ashley
Hi, I am interested in becoming a Pharmacist, however i did not study any of the sciences in high school. So my question is, what should be my first step in becoming a pharmacist? Should i become a pharm tech, or do a degree in science?
Posted @ Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:18 AM by Nicky
Hi. I am a qualified pharmacy technician. I studied and graduated in Ireland, I then worked for two years there I am now in Australia working as a pharm tech. I know in Ireland if you are a pharm tech you can do a two year add on course to be a pharmacist. Is there anything like that in Australia?? Thanks!! 
Posted @ Tuesday, May 07, 2013 3:36 AM by Zoe
Hello my name is nicolas , im looking to become a pharmacist but notice i have to become a pharmacy technician first. How does that work ? What do i have to take in order to become a pharmacist and not a pharmacy technician , theirs a lot bigger salary range between the two and i am not sure if you have to become a licensed technician before you become a pharmacist ? Thank you
Posted @ Friday, May 24, 2013 2:17 AM by Nicolas Monzon
Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post. 
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Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:38 PM by life science
Hi i m bhumi i wana knw if i could get direct entry into pharmac school after doing pharmacy technician
Posted @ Friday, June 14, 2013 11:29 PM by Bhumi patel
Hi, I'm Ashton Small and I took up a pharmacy technician course that was only 5 weeks and I have my license. I would like to know the necessary steps I should take to become a pharmacist. My current major is Biology Comprehensive and I wanted to know is this the correct major I should go in in order to get into pharmacy school or should I change it, PLEASE HELP!!!
Posted @ Monday, July 08, 2013 6:36 PM by Ashton Small
I JUST GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND I WANT TO BE A PHARMACIST BUT I DONT KNOW HOW AND WHERE TO START FROM?
Posted @ Tuesday, September 03, 2013 9:10 PM by Crystal Rodriguez
Hello 
I'm a senior in high school. I attend Trinity high school and I plan on taking classes at a community college, TCC, and they offer a pharmacy tech course and my question is can head straight into a university to become a pharmacist after getting a license for a pharmacy tech or do I still have to take courses and what not to enter a university???? The pharmacy tech class at TCC is 2 years long and you have to take a test to be certified. 
Here's the link to the TCC course: 
http://www.tccd.edu/Continuing_Education/Career_Programs/Healthcare/Pharmacy_Technician.html 
 
And I have 2 universities on my mind are UNT System College of Pharmacy and University of Houston
Posted @ Thursday, September 12, 2013 11:15 AM by George
I am a pharmacy technician in ghana. Can i further and become a pharmacist in ghana?
Posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 11:51 AM by John
Interesting Blog.
Posted @ Saturday, October 19, 2013 9:54 PM by Hank Hill
Hi,my question is dat,i studied pharmacy technician in Nigeria & want 2 further more to become a pharmacist,& i will love to study in Ghana,is dat possible? And how do i go about it.tnnx need ur reply pls
Posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 5:49 AM by Yomi
Hi! I've done a 2 year Pharmacy Tech Program in College and would like to study further to become a Pharmacist, can I go to university? How do I do that?
Posted @ Monday, March 03, 2014 10:27 PM by Zahra
I am interested in taking the pharmacy tech program at Cal State Long Beach. I would like some insight from soemone who has taken it already. Please. thank you.
Posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 12:19 PM by Maria Hernandez
Am a pharmacy technician, currently working. Where can i get direct entry to do my B.Pharm
Posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:21 AM by Enya Sunday Alobo
I'm a 39 years old woman who decided in this late stage of life to do pharmacy. I want to be a technician first and get a year of work experience. After that I would like to become a pharmacist. Would it still take me eight to ten years to become a pharmacist?
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