Career Academy of New York Cuts Tuition In Half For Its Web-Based Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

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Jobs are scarce, and the economy has sent many reeling, but things are looking up for at least one group of professionals – pharmacy technicians. Employment opportunities are on the rise, and Career Academy of New York has made it easier for candidates to achieve the requisite credentials.

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A career as a pharmacy technician is proving to be a wise choice in today’s economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2009-10 report estimates employment for pharmacy technicians will grow much faster than for the average occupation—up to a 32 percent increase by 2016. Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) are an integral part of the pharmacy team and are relied upon to deliver vital services from assisting with the medication dispensing process, to making IV sterile products, to working in a pharmacist-run specialty clinic.

As the demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow, certification is expected to play an increasingly important role in assuring the public of safe, accurate and efficient patient care and service. In fact, many national pharmacy chains including Walgreens, CVS/Pharmacy, and Target Pharmacy currently recognize the importance of PTCB certification and even pay for the examination fee. Technicians who earn this credential often benefit from increased job opportunities, such as a larger salary, expanded responsibilities and greater job security.

What does it take to become certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and ready for employment as a certified pharmacy technician? According to the Career Academy of New York’s web site at http://pharmacytech.org/faq.htm, the process requires preparing for and successfully completing an exam given by the PTCB. According to the school’s president, Steven J. Hendriks, “Depending on the candidate's aptitude, previous experience, knowledge base, and the amount of available time he or she can dedicate to the process, it can take as little as a couple of months or as long as two years. In any case, a candidate can embark on a career as a pharmacy professional in a relatively short period of time.”

In fact, the training offered by CANY is a self-paced, web-based distance learning modality, specifically tailored to prepare prospective pharmacy technicians to sit for the only nationally-recognized exam accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). What's more, students will save hundreds of dollars on tuition if they enroll by November 1, 2010.

For more information on pharmacy technician requirements, or to enroll in online PTCB Exam preparation, go to http://PharmacyTech.org.

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