Nature’s Pharmacy – The Neem Tree

Okay, most you already know that the Pharmacy Entrance Exam or the PCAT, tests you on your knowledge not only on the sciences but your ability to read, comprehend, analyze, and write. Most students will take the PCAT whenever and then will cry to their mother (or father) how poorly they did on the exam. Well, you deserved it if you just randomly picked a date from a hat or whenever you could take this important test. Choosing a test date requires careful planning. Those who fail to plan may not do well on the PCAT and this may hurt your chance of admissions to the pharmacy school of your dream.

The cost certified pharmacy tech of the training itself is the biggest con of the training. Training can cost you anywhere from $450 to $3,000 depending on the program. This cost can be prohibitive to some; however, many programs do offer financial payment plans and even financial assistance in some cases.

However, the pay rate changes for a pharmacist technician with an experience of ten to twenty years. Such a professional can earn $14.19 per hour. If the/she has an experience of more than 20 years, he/she can safely earn $15.20 per hour. This places the average salary for an experienced technician around $40,000 annually.

Look at the clock: you know how it feels when 4:45pm hits and you start preparing mentally and physically to call it a day at the office right? Well, the folks at the pharmacy go through the same thing too. Walking in 5 to 10 minutes before the pharmacy closes and expecting the pharmacist cheerfully to fill your prescription, check for drug interactions, handle any insurance issues that may come up, try to reach your doctor in case some vital information is missing from the prescription, give you a detailed patient consultation… and the list goes, is not a very reasonable expectation. Most doctor’s offices close long before the pharmacies do so try to drop off your prescription as early as you can so as to allow enough time for the pharmacist to fix any potential issues that may arise.

Once the degree has been earned, a pharmacy technician should begin looking for the right amount of work. Drug stores often hire technicians as well as pharmacies within hospitals. There are so many excellent job opportunities that the right licensed technician can take advantage of. Do local job searches to find out where the top jobs are. Some colleges also have career services that help students who graduate get the job that they want.

Brush up on pharmacy terminology. You’ll need to be aware of pharmacy terms (like rx’ed for example) as there will be an entire section on these in the certification. Again, the best way to learn these is to simply get a study guide from Barnes and Noble and find plenty of practice tests too. Some of them are pretty obvious, but others might catch you out so make sure you spend a good amount of time studying these.

Then, stop by each of the pharmacies on your list and have a chat with the pharmacist. He or she can tell you more about the services they offer, helping you put your health decisions in the right hands.