Careers in Healthcare: Pharmacy

Registered Pharmacist
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)
          •Midwest University
          •Southern Illinois University
          •St. Louis College of Pharmacy
          •Purdue University.

Pharmacy Technician
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
•A Pharmacy Technician must apply for a license from the Illinois Department of Registration.
•Optional: Certification programs are available at some colleges throughout the state.
Heartland Community College in Normal offers a preparatory course for the Certified Pharmacy Tech Exam.
•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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