After reviewing prescriptions for accuracy, pharmacy technicians prepare and distribute prescribed medication directly to patients. They also help pharmacists perform daily administrative tasks, such as processing patient insurance and updating health records.
You’ll need skills and knowledge related to bookkeeping, data entry, math, pharmacology and chemistry to land a job as a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy technicians also need soft skills to communicate with patients, explain dosages and address patient concerns.
To begin a career as a pharmacy technician, you need a high school diploma or the equivalent. Most states require passing a specified exam or training program as well.
Community health worker
Community health workers are advocates for their community. They are the voice on behalf of their communities when addressing residents’ needs with healthcare providers and social service organizations. They also collect data to understand community issues and provide wellness strategies to improve on them.
To become a community health worker, a high school degree is typically needed, along with on-the-job training, although some jobs may require a postsecondary education. Some states may also require their applicants to be certified.
Healthcare and nursing degrees at University of Phoenix
While the above career outcomes are entry level and don’t require a college degree in most cases, here are some additional educational options you may want to consider if you’re eager to learn more about healthcare or nursing:
Bachelor of Science in Health Administration: With four elective track options, this degree program covers business management, compliance, finance, information management and more.
Bachelor of Science in Health Management: Interested in the business and regulatory needs of a healthcare organization? This degree program focuses on management, technology, compliance and related subjects.
Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration: Position yourself to become a leader in healthcare with this dual degree focusing on healthcare administration, accounting and marketing.
Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Leadership: In this program you will learn how to assess and advocate for the health needs of communities, analyze data related to the health of a target community, mobilize and engage community stakeholders and more.
RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing: This program is designed to enhance the nursing careers of registered nurses. A BSN can help prepare you for careers such as a charge nurse, public health nurse or director of nursing.