Online Pharmacy Tech Degrees: Career Info

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An Online Pharmacy Tech degree educates students on the skills they'll need to work in supporting roles within pharmacies. An Online Pharmacy Tech degree offers career opportunities for Pharmacy Technicians, who need to understand pharmaceutical calculations, anatomy, medical terminology and patient psychology.
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Basics of a Degree in Pharmacy Tech Degree

A Pharmacy Technician is a pharmacy staff member who works under the supervision of one or more pharmacists, performing pharmacy-related functions, like providing medication and other products to patients and working with doctors' offices to coordinate insurance information. Pharmacist Technicians must obtain a number of skills before they are able to work in a Pharmacy, including decision making, problem solving, computer literacy and math. They should also have a thorough knowledge of drug interactions and understanding of pharmaceutical terminology.

What Can I Do With an Online Pharmacy Tech Degree

Online Pharmacy Tech degrees prepare students for a lucrative career as a Pharmacy Technician, working in pharmacies alongside licensed pharmacists, counseling patients, answering phones, stocking shelves, operating cash registers, counting pills, labeling bottles and keeping the pharmacy in order. With an Online Pharmacy Tech Degree, graduates can also move on to more schooling, and will have an experiential advantage if they wish to one day become a doctor of pharmacy, which requires another 6-year degree.

Job Outlook for Careers Related to an Online Degree in Pharmacy Tech

Pharmacy Technicians get paid by the hour. As of 2016, the median hourly wage of Pharmacy Technicians was $12.32, with the highest ten percent earning $17.65 and the lowest ten percent earning $8.56 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ('www.bls.gov'). Salary is also broken down by location of the work. Medical and surgical hospitals pay an average wage of $13.86, grocery stores pay $12.78, and pharmacies and drug stores pay $11.50. If a Pharmacy Tech wishes to further their career and become a full-fledged pharmacist, he or she must complete a 6-year degree program, but will earn a median annual salary of $94,520 once licensed.

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    1. American University

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    2. Centenary University

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      • MBA in Health Administration
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    3. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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      • Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration
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    4. Colorado State University Global

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      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
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    5. Johns Hopkins University

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      • Flexible MBA - Health Care Management - Campus
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    6. George Mason University

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      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
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    7. Penn Foster Career School

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      • Career Diploma: Pharmacy Technician
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    8. University of Delaware

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      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration
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Centenary University

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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Colorado State University Global

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Johns Hopkins University

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George Mason University

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Penn Foster Career School

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University of Delaware

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration

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