According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow by 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In parallel with this growth, the training program prepares candidates for an approved qualifying exam and makes them eligible to register as a pharmacy technician in Florida. In addition, once the pharmacy technician registration is received from the Board of Pharmacy, trainees will be eligible for promotion to a Level 1 pharmacy technician position, as well as the opportunity for future promotions.
“Here at UF Health, as we add geography, new sites, new beds and more, the need for trained pharmacy experts is growing,” said Diana Richardson, UF Health Shands vice president of operations. “It’s a necessary role to deliver and prepare medications for patients, whether it’s in the outpatient or inpatient setting, and we cannot do it without these individuals.”
UF Health is committed to quality patient care, which means a commitment to personal and professional development for all employees. When the candidates successfully complete the program, they are eligible for tuition reimbursement.
“The Pharmacy department’s solution to develop our own in-house pipeline for pharmacy techs has been so positive, and it’s great to see the popularity of the program each time we offer enrollment opportunities,” said Gayla Beach, UF Health Shands Human Resources associate vice president.
The program leaders look forward to more interest. Stay tuned for announcements about the application process and dates for the next training program.