Have you dreamed of a career in the medical field, but feel the time or costs keep you from taking steps to make it a reality? Do you enjoy working in a structured, fast-paced environment with people who are committed to their profession and the people they serve? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you may be interested in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited Pharmacy Technician Program here at ASU-Beebe. There are three options—certificate of proficiency, technical certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology - that can help you turn your dream into a reality.
Due to the shift in job responsibilities, pharmacists are now serving functions that are more clinical in the pharmacy environment. This shift places a greater demand on the need for qualified pharmacy technicians to serve the distributive function within pharmacy. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012), “employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than average” through 2020. The annual average starting pharmacy technician salary is $20,500 for the state of Arkansas (Salary.com, 2012). Pharmacy technicians are in demand for both full and part time positions, making this career a flexible choice.
In this area of study, hands on experience compliments classroom learning. These experiences help prepare you for national certification, a distinction that creates valuable opportunities with employers across the country. With basic and intermediate level competencies developed within a well-rounded curriculum, the certification and the credentials give you a definitive edge when entering the highly competitive field of pharmacy.
Interested candidates for the pharmacy technician program may discuss admission and program requirements by contacting the Allied Health division chair at 501-882-8811.