Expansion in healthcare as a whole and in pharmacy in particular has created an increasing demand for pharmacy technicians. This demand is spurred by an increase in the general population, a growing elderly segment, a reliance on multi-pharmaceutical treatments, technological advances, a sophisticated consumer and the emergence of new medical conditions.
Pharmacists are moving away from traditional dispensing duties toward the promotion of proper medication use. As this occurs, pharmacists work with technicians to carry out their growing work load. This results in an increased need for technicians to be properly educated and trained to fulfill those expanded duties.
The employment market for graduates of the proposed program has expanded and changed, leading to an increase in the opportunities and challenges for pharmacy technicians. With the national pharmacist shortage and the expected 30 percent increase in the number of prescriptions dispensed over the next ten years, the need for better skilled pharmacy technicians has risen dramatically. These skilled technicians are assuming expanding job responsibilities under the direct supervision of registered pharmacists.