Careers Pharmacy Information Provided By: Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) http://www.sowega-ahec.org/index PowerPoint Presentation By: Juliane Monko & Dr. Frank Flanders CTAE Resource Network, June 2009 Based On PowerPoint Ideas From: Penny Howard, RN, Healthcare Science Instructor
AHECAHEC There are six centers in the Georgia AHEC Network, and each serves a multi-county region. The AHEC mission is to meet the health needs of Georgia by improving the supply, distribution and quality of healthcare providers. AHECs offer enrichment programs, camps, learning tools, student counseling, volunteer and mentoring activity coordination, and access to other educational resources. Contact your regional AHEC for more information.
Objectives Students will be able to describe health careers in the field of Pharmacy. Students will be able to plan a healthcare career path in Pharmacy.
Careers in Pharmacy Pharmacist Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacists dispense prescribed drugs, help consumers select over-the-counter medications, and prepare ointments, powders and capsules. Pharmacists partner with physicians to assist patients in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes. They may educate and counsel patients on aspects of their disease or condition.
Work Environment Salary Clinics Colleges and universities Community pharmacies Health maintenance organizations Hospitals Military Pharmaceutical industry Public health departments Retail drug chains Average Starting Salary $87,260 Figures according to 2006 data. To see updated figures, visit the SOWEGA-AHEC website at: http://www.sowega-ahec.org/index http://www.sowega-ahec.org/index Pharmacist
Pharmacist Academic Requirements All of Georgia's pharmacy schools require students to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test prior to admission. A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) requires six years of education: two years of pre-pharmacy study and four years of the pharmacy program. Students may select additional training in a specialty area.
Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist and perform many of the same duties as pharmacists, such as preparing and distributing medications and providing pharmaceutical care to patients. Other duties include compounding, preparing IVs and determining drug charges.
Work Environment Salary Clinics Health maintenance organizations Home health pharmacies Hospitals Mail order pharmacies Nursing home pharmacies Retail drug chains Average Starting Salary $22,422 Figures according to 2006 data. To see updated figures, visit the SOWEGA-AHEC website at: http://www.sowega-ahec.org/index http://www.sowega-ahec.org/index Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician Academic Requirements A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Many pharmacy technicians are trained on the job. Most training programs require 18 months to two years of study and lead to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree.
Summary There are a variety of careers available in Pharmacy. Educational requirements vary by career and career level. Students interested in these careers should use the information provided here as a basis for a career plan. The student should also research the career further to complete a career plan. Careers available in Pharmacy include: Pharmacist Pharmacy Technician