Will being a certified pharmacy technician help me know if i would do well in pharmacy school?
Firstly, working at a pharmacy will give you a general idea whether you want to be in this field. However, if you ever have a bad experience, it doesn't mean that pharmacy isn't right for you. You may just have to try a different area of pharmacy. This is what make pharmacy unique because it's highly diverse.
I just finished my first year of pharmacy school, and being a pharm tech did help a lot. It won't determine if you do well in pharmacy school in terms of classes except maybe in one or two. There are many people who get into pharmacy school with zero experience in the pharmacy. However, it will help you develop into a better pharmacist and help you become a more well rounded individual. Being a certified tech helps you with the following things:
- Drug cards: I already knew a majority of the drugs (generic, brand, class, uses) . So studying for this material was extremely easy and not time consuming.
- in pharmacy school you learn how to counsel people. As a tech, you obviously can't counsel your patients, but you learn how to communicate with them.
- Laws and regulations also come in handy
- Internships and networking. ***THIS IS KEY***. If you work for a company, you have a higher chance of becoming an intern. Even if you don't see yourself in retail or hospital or whatever field, you get the experience. It's extremely competitive out there and you need to take advantage of all the opportunities that are out there. Having worked in a pharmacy gives you an advantage when it comes to interviewing and working for other companies because you already have the experience.
If your ultimate goal is to be a Pharmacist then working as a pharmacy technician will help you in the long run. I don't think you need to enroll in a pharmacy technician program to gain admission into pharmacy school in the US unless your job is requiring you to do so. The skills gained as a technician will certainly make you a better Leader in the pharmacy realm. Just be sure with yourself that this is a career that you like and can see visualize yourself doing this when things get a stressed but of course doable :)