Just recently, we caught up with our pharmacy tech program instructor, and asked her for some quick tips on being a successful student in her class.
What she told us will help you get the best out of your pharmacy tech program training, from your first day in class all the way through to your graduation day.
BAMA Pharmacy Tech Program Instructor Tips
Tip #1: Get to Class on Time
Treat your training like a job. Missing school or being late doesn’t reflect well on you. Plan ahead for getting to class on time, giving yourself extra time to avoid being held up in traffic, or caught in public transport delays. Remember the rule of thumb: if you’re 10 minutes early for class, you’re on time. If you show up when class is starting, you’re late.
Tip #2: Be Prepared
You’re never caught on the backfoot when you’re prepared for class. Keep your bag stocked with class supplies. Remember your textbooks. Complete your assignments on time. When you’re not prepared for class, it’s easy to fall behind with your training. Instead, be prepared so you’ll always feel your training is right on schedule.
Tip #3: Show Teamwork
Pitching in and helping out during class builds a positive learning environment for everyone. The teamwork you show in class will translate to your externship, where your willingness to assist pharmacy staff will reflect well on you.
Tip #4: Take Your Training Seriously
This is a big investment of time and effort in a new career, and this investment will pay off for you when you are serious about your training. Remember, your training is going to prepare you for a new job and a new life. You want to give yourself the best start possible down that path.
Tip #5: Ask for Help When You Need It
Balancing school life with your non-school life, like holding down a part-time job, can be a challenge. If you find yourself struggling in class, don’t hesitate to ask for help. We all need help occasionally, and sometimes the only way we can get that help is by having the confidence to ask for it.
BAMA is proud to partner with Walgreens to provide students with a 240-hour, on-the-job
clinical pharmacy technician externship at one of the largest drugstore chains in the US.