Pharmacy Technician Student of the Month, Ryan Vu would like to eventually be a pharmacist. As a pathway to that profession, Ryan enrolled in BAMA’s pharmacy tech program to first gain experience working as a pharmacy technician.
We caught up with Ryan before he went on his Walgreens Pharmacy externship to talk about his BAMA pharmacy technician training and what it takes to graduate the school as a student of the month.
Pharmacy tech program training as the road to becoming a pharmacist
After researching local healthcare schools, Ryan chose to enroll in BAMA’s pharmacy tech program because of the curriculum’s extensive practical training.
“The best thing about the program was the labs,” said Ryan. “I loved the amount of hands-on training. I quickly put into practice what I learned in class. The training gave me first-hand pharmacy technician experience before I even went on my externship.”
Ryan considers pharmacy technician experience as being important to his aspiration of going to pharmacy school to train to be a pharmacist.
“I believe I’ll be a better pharmacist for having first worked as a pharmacy technician,” said Ryan. “After one or two years, I’ll have gained knowledge of what it’s like to work in a pharmacy. Having worked under the supervision of a pharmacist, I’ll also have insight into what skills are needed to be a success in that job.”
Class tips from a pharmacy technician student of the month
Ryan had to juggle school work, a job, and commuting from Oakland to San Francisco for class.
It was a tough schedule that could take a toll on any student.
“I made it a priority to organize my work and class schedules to ensure I didn’t overexert myself,” said Ryan. “Maintaining a balance in my life was important to me.”
It’s good advice for any student with a busy schedule.
It’s no wonder Ryan was nominated as Pharmacy Technician Student of the Month. An accolade given to him by his instructor for always being willing to help and support classmates, his great sense of humor, and positive attitude.
Attributes that are sure to take him far in his pharmacy career.
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.