Pharmacy technicians are the ever-present faces at drug stores, pharmacies, and hospitals across the nation, fulfilling a crucial role in the healthcare system. As the population ages, requiring prescription medication care, pharmacies are becoming more important in the healthcare industry. As such, the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is expanding at a faster rate than average, at 12%, suggesting a need for more skilled workers to fill these opening positions.

In 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 402,500 pharmacy technicians " a number expected to increase by 47,600 by 2026. In order to fill these tens of thousands of new jobs, some credentialing after high school is required, however, not all pharmacy technician programs are created equal.

More and more, states, pharmacies, and regulatory boards are looking for pharmacy technician candidates who have completed comprehensive coursework approved by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). With an emphasis on providing learners with the most effective training possible, ASHP guidelines demand high quality course content as well as an externship for a hands-on, pharmacy experience. Through this required externship, future pharmacy technicians gain exposure firsthand of the day-to-day operations at top pharmacies.

Furthermore, completing a pharmacy technician program that is a candidate for ASHP accreditation provides learners with an industry-recognized credential, giving them a competitive edge in today's tight labor market.

Recently, Penn Foster launched a new, online Pharmacy Technician Professional career diploma program to offer affordable and comprehensive training for employees and individuals looking to start their careers as pharmacy technicians.

A candidate for ASHP accreditation, this program curriculum was modeled against ASHP standards " ensuring your learners will receive a top notch educational foundation and on-the-job experience with an externship through CVS or Walgreens pharmacies.

Most importantly, the coursework to become a pharmacy should be tailored to meet the needs of learners juggling multiple responsibilities. Our online skills credentialing supports working individuals with a flexible pathway to complete their courses on their own time, at their own pace.

If you'd like to learn more about Penn Foster's online Pharmacy Technician Professional program, click the link below to request the course curriculum.