Online Certificate Programs in Pharmacy

Penn Foster Career School
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  • Education Prerequisites: Pharmacists require a Doctor of Pharmacy and state licensure to practice, which usually requires four years to complete.
  • Professional Prerequisites:Advanced pharmacist positions may require Pharm. D. students to complete a one- to two-year residency.
  • Average Program Length: Four years

Traditional or online pharmacy certificate programs are designed to advance the skills of practicing pharmacists or provide additional training to Pharm.D. students. Pharmacist certification programs are usually not designed for prospective pharmacists. Traditional or online pharmacy certificate programs may include clinical trials, regulatory affairs, or pharmacotherapy specialization curriculum. These pharmacy certification programs may provide advanced job prospects. Prospective pharmacists searching for information on state licensure requirements for pharmacists should consult their state’s department of health website.

Completing an Online Certificate Program in Pharmacy

Pharmacy certificate students may require pharmacy prerequisite course work depending on the certification subject and the institution offering the certification program. Some programs will require independent study or practical research with faculty members or pharmacy certificate classmates. Some courses in traditional or online pharmacy certificate programs will require extensive research into pharmacy law and regulation. Traditional and online certification programs may apply to the requirements of a Pharm. D. program.

Traditional or online certification programs vary in length depending on the specialization. Some programs may be completed within a few weeks, while others may require nine to 12 months of training and research. Most pharmacy certificate programs focus on specializations in pharmacology or medical ethics. However, some programs will concentrate in business administration or public health, and may be better suited to pharmacists who own their location.

What Your Online Certificate in Pharmacy Can Do for You

States require licensure for pharmacists. Licensure require pharmacists to pass two exams ó one to test skills and knowledge in pharmacy and the other to test pharmacy law within that state ó after completing a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited program. Some pharmacy certificate programs may be designed for Pharm. D. students or practicing pharmacists seeking to advance their professional prospects within geriatric or mental health medicine training. These traditional or online certificates are not designed for prospective pharmacists, who will want to begin their education in undergraduate study in biology, chemistry, or a related field, and continue toward the Pharm.D. Prospective students interested in pharmacy may also prefer to seek certification as a pharmacy technician, which requires a high school diploma, formal training, a background check, and formal training through a state’s Board of Pharmacy.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that pharmacists earned a median annual wage of $111,570 in 2010. The BLS expects pharmacist employment to increase by 25% between 2010 and 2020. Pharmacy technicians earned a median annual wage of $28,400 in 2010. The BLS expects employment for pharmacy technicians to increase by 32% between 2010 and 2020. Keep in mind that wage and employment figures vary depending on factors like employer, experience, area, and position.

Online Certificate Programs by School

Herzing University
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Herzing University - Herzing's online certificate program offers the flexibility, personalization, and support you need to succeed in today's ever-changing job market. Discover Herzing's hands-on coursework, experienced faculty, and student-first approach which sets them apart from other online universities.

Ultimate Medical Academy
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Penn Foster

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Penn Foster Career School - Penn Foster Career School offers over 85 online career diploma and certificate programs that can help students prepare for a career path in some of today’s fastest growing fields. If you are looking for training in allied health, business, education, or the trades, then Penn Foster Career School is a great choice. Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.