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Is doing prep pharmacy tech. classes a good way to transfer to biology?

also, are there any book recommendations for an aspiring biologist?

Thank you comment icon Hi Deandra! These are both great questions, but please add a new question for your book recommendations so that you are certain to get advice on both of these topics. Thanks for using CV! Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
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Lisa’s Answer

Pharmacy technicians have knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, pharmacy math, pharmacy legislation and pharmacology. They have opportunities to work with healthcare professionals and manage pharmacy inventory to ensure safe and efficient product distribution. They have specialized knowledge and training needed to deliver pharmacy services in community and hospital settings. In Canada, students study for 2 years, including doing completing placements / coops.

If you’re thinking about transferring into a diploma / degree that focuses on BIOLOGY, speak to the academic registrar and transfer credits and what you’d need to do to switch programs. If you’re close to finishing your Pharmacy Technician program, consider completing it!

Consider looking into programs with a focus on BioTech, especially if you are science-oriented,, have abilities in math, and enjoy working in a variety of laboratory settings.

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Speak to your school academic advisors about additional programs and necessary prerequisites.
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Oanh’s Answer

Biology is one of the common majors to become a pharmacist. In Highschool you should take courses like biology, chemistry, and physics. These courses will properly prepare you to undergo pharmacy education.
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Kelis’s Answer

Hi! To answer this question, I highly suggest speaking with an advisor from your school, each college has different requirements for credit transfers. As far as book recommendations, reading "Bad Pharma" by Ben Goldcare will help you with some background knowledge and dynamics of being a scientist.
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Meredith’s Answer

Hi! If you are looking into biology, you may want to look at other options for prep transfer classes. Biology is part of most pharmacy tech programs, however usually just basic biology. You are more likely to be learning brand/generic medication distinctions, basic pharmacy math, drug-drug interactions, and pharmacy billing and coding in pharmacy tech prep classes. While you may find all of this informative and interesting, it may not give you very much biology specific information.
Thank you comment icon Oh, thank you for the insight. Deandra
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