Careers in Healthcare: Pharmacy
A Registered Pharmacist is in charge of all medication dispensing and management within the hospital. Medication dispensing ranges from Tablets and Capsules to Intravenous fluids and Hyperalimentation. A Registered Pharmacist also oversees the Pharmacy Technicians and works closely with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
Requirements to obtain a degree:
•College- minimum 6 years plus a clerkship.
•State Board Examination Required
•Residency programs are also available.
•Minimum Degree: Pharm D (Doctor of Pharmacy)
Colleges of Pharmacy
•50 + Colleges in the USA
•Local Schools include:
•University of Illinois (Chicago)
•Southern Illinois University
•St. Louis College of Pharmacy
A Pharmacy Technician works under the supervision of a Registered Pharmacist assisting with drug dispensing, purchasing, distribution, and order entry.
Requirements to obtain a position:
•College: Not required
•On the Job Training
•Optional: Certification programs are available at some colleges throughout the state.
•Optional: After a period of time of on the job training a technician can take the National Pharmacy Certification Exam.
•John A Logan Junior College
in Carterville, IL offers a certificate course for Pharmacy Technicians and provides preparation for the Certified Pharmacy Technician Exam.
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