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Comprehensive Certification Training for Aspiring Pharmacy Technicians

 

Female pharmacist or pharmacy technician

 

Health care continues to be one of the fastest-growing sectors, and pharmacy tech is a profession in top demand. Many states require pharmacy technician certification, so there is a huge opportunity for training providers to offer a pharmacy technician certification course. 

What Is a Pharmacy Technician? 

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers. They interact with patients to collect information, fill a prescription, and answer questions. They prepare and package medications for distribution to patients under the supervision of a pharmacist. In most states, pharmacy technicians can compound or mix some medications. They can also operate automated dispensing equipment when filling prescription orders. 

There is also a lot of clerical work involved. For instance, pharmacy technicians take inventory and order supplies and medications. They encode patient information along with their prescriptions into a database. 

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and grocery stores. Other work environments are research labs, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance firms. 

Job Outlook and Salary 

With an aging population and increasing rates of chronic diseases, there is a growing need for prescription medications. As pharmacists perform more patient care work like administering flu shots, pharmacy technicians take on more tasks previously done by pharmacists. 

Demand  

There is a steadily growing demand for pharmacy technicians. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) expects the pharmacy technician job market to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. A JobRx report projects a higher growth rate of 7% between 2018 and 2028. 

Most states require pharmacy technicians to be trained and certified. As such, the demand for a pharmacy technician certification course continues to be strong. 

Salary 

According to the BLS, pharmacy technicians earn a median annual wage of $35,100 as of May 2020. Hospitals tend to pay more, with a median salary of $39,290. The highest 10% earned more than $50,430. 

Pharmacy Technician Certification 

Many states regulate pharmacy technicians. They usually require technicians to take formal education or training programs. Even where it is not required, undergoing a pharmacy technician course could make it easier to secure a job. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) offers certification, primarily the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) designation. Applicants must complete a pharmacy technician course in the USA, for example, ed2go’s PTCB-accredited pharmacy technician course with an exam voucher included, or equivalent work experience, and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®). 

Offering Pharmacy Technician Courses  

ed2go has two online courses that allow partners to take advantage of the growing demand for pharmacy technicians.  

Our introductory course, “Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician,” gives an overview of the pharmacy industry and the profession of a pharmacy technician. This is a good short foundational course for those considering entering this profession but who are not yet ready to fully commit.  

For those who want to take the PTCE, our Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training is a leading online course for pharmacy technicians. It is an accredited online pharmacy technician course and a registered pharmacy technician course by the PTCB. 

The pharmacy technician course includes an introduction to pharmacy and pharmacy law and ethics, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacology, communication skills and billing, and lab practice. It is 400-course hours that can be completed in 12 months. Our pharmacy technician prep course will help applicants get a passing score on the PTCB exam.  

An exam voucher is included in the course fee.  Also, part of our Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training course is an option to perform a 100-hour clinical externship to gain experience.  

With a comprehensive curriculum, PTCB accreditation, online on-demand delivery, and clinical externship, our Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training equips aspiring pharmacy technicians to pass the exam and get real-world training to boost their chances of getting hired in this in-demand field.  

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ed2go surveyed over 8,000 Advanced Career Training (ACT) students who recently completed their courses. Part of the survey focused on how students found the courses they took. What was their search journey? The results reinforced that most students found their courses using organic searches. Some notable questions and results were:

How did you find your program? 

  • 44% of students found their programs searching online
  • 27% searching via their local school’s website
  • 28% from a referral from a person they trust or have experience with this brand

What features matter most to course shoppers? 

  • All-inclusive pricing (books, exam voucher included)
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  • Brand/credibility of the provider offering the program
  • Length of the course
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Next Steps 

Students’ responses all point back to the strong SEO solutions deployed by many of ed2go’s Partners and the promotion of course features. We have worked with numerous Partners through our Partner Page SEO initiative to take this information and help elevate their online continuing education presence. Reach out now to your Account Manager on how ed2go can help grow your enrollments.

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Joining the Ranks of Army CA-Approved Vendors

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Benefits of Offering Army CA Credentials at Your Institution  

Our needs as a society are changing, and the landscape of career education continues to change along with it. People continue to pursue four-year and two-year college degrees but are often looking for a faster way to advance in their careers or upskill to qualify for new careers.  

According to a recent reportfrom Strada Education Network, key findings showed that certificates and certifications boosted employability and earnings premiums for veterans without degrees. To this end, the military has recently started the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program. The Army CA program offers funding for Soldiers to pursue additional credentials both within their time in service and as they transition into civilian careers. As Partners, you have a chance to create new opportunities for Soldiers while expanding your enrollments. 

What is the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program? 

The Army CA program provides Active Duty, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard Soldiers an opportunity to pursue technical and industry-recognized professional credentials, completely online, with funding from the military. It is a voluntary program that provides financial assistance for off-duty training to pursue and earn credentials. Some popular choices are information technology (IT), cybersecurity, project management, and medical billing and coding. According to the U.S. Army, credentialing assistance keeps the Army competitive with its counterparts in the civilian community and develops a Soldier’s skills.  The program is a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012. At that time, it began offering Army credentialing assistance in pilot programs at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Those pilots are now well-established, helping the Army live up to its goal of contributing to Total Army readiness. The Army says the program also helps retain quality Soldiers and prepare them for meaningful employment when they transition from service in the military.  

Take Advantage of a New Funding Opportunity 

An increase in credentialing strengthens the military as well as the broader community. Improved qualifications help combat veterans’ unemployment levels when they leave the service. The Army will fund up to $4,000 to qualifying soldiers per fiscal year to increase their skills, credentials, and professionalism. This funding covers various educational needs like fees, textbooks, materials, training, study guides, textbooks, and the cost of certification exams. With those tools, you have another group of interested students you can serve at your institution.  

Increase Enrollments 

Due to the growing need for educational alternatives among Soldiers, you can enter a newer, untapped market that can provide renewable annual enrollments. Soldiers seeking additional credentialing, both within their military occupation specialty (MOS) and outside of it, have quite a bit to draw them to the Army CA program. Tuition assistance makes education more accessible; the hybrid nature of online coursework with on-the-job training is especially valuable to military members, including those with dependents they are supporting through their service. Also, they can study at their own pace while deployed from anywhere and work around their schedule.  

Your institution can add to its enrollment by taking advantage of the flexible, online instruction in the Army CA program through offering coursework as an ed2go Partner. We can guide you through the process of becoming an Army CA-approved vendor and choosing the courses most likely to attract military members using the Army credentialing assistance option. 

Unlock New Opportunities as an Army CA-Approved Partner 

Getting an Army credential through the Army CA program creates an opportunity for military members to improve their educational qualifications both during military service and when transitioning out of service—even part-time online.  

As previously mentioned, the Army CA program covers up to $4,000 per fiscal year to pursue professional certification and credentials. That additional funding helps you, an ed2go Partner, offer more coursework and increase your student enrollments.  

To learn more about how ed2go Partners can help you become an Army CAapproved vendor, please see the flyer,  ARMY CA PROVIDES RENEWABLE ANNUAL ENROLLMENTS.  Students receive a certificate of course completion through their selected school and a certificate through the certifying body after passing their course exam. You can also view our recent Army CA Webinar, on the ed2go Partner site for additional information. 

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