Top Pharmacy Technician Schools in Iowa

pharmacy technician image1 A career as a pharmacy analyst affords you the opportunity to help others and learn more about the pharmaceutical industry and the medical field as a whole. Whether you use it as a stepping stone to a later career in medicine, or you choose to make a career out of it, being certified as a pharmacy analyst opens doors and affords you great opportunity. If you're in the state of Iowa and looking to become a pharmacy expert, you might be wondering how to get started. Below is a brief guide to choosing a school, becoming certified, and what you can expect as a pharmacy expert. 

Find Accredited Pharmacy Technician Schools in Iowa

The American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists has a directory that allows you to find accredited certification schools in your state. However, there are no accredited schools in the state of Iowa. This doesn't mean you can't still be certified, however, as there are programs available in neighboring states. As long as you graduate from an accredited institution, you can still do your training in the state of Iowa and become registered in Iowa, so using the tool mentioned above to find a school in a neighboring state that is somewhat close to you is an option.

How to Get Certified in Iowa

Once you graduate from an accredited pharmacy enthusiast program or school and have passed the board, you'll have to register with your state. In Iowa you must register within 30 days of taking a position as a pharmacy expert or pharmacy analyst in training. You can find more information about the specific requirements and links to the application process by visiting the Iowa Board of Pharmacy website. 

Salaries for Certified Pharmacy Technicians in Iowa

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics you can expect to earn around $20,000 to $37,000 per year in Iowa as a pharmacy expert. The median salary in the state is $28,280, or about $13.60 per hour. Given that the National Pharmacy Specialists Association estimates a national average to be between $11 and $17 per hour, Iowa is just about in the middle.

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