AIMS Education
AIMS Education - Main Campus
4500 New Brunswick Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(908) 222-0002
AIMS Education - Edison
2672 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837
(908) 222-0002 ext.400

How to Build a Successful Pharmacy Tech Career

pharmacy tech students compounding in lab

AIMS students learn compounding in the pharmacy lab.

Whether you’re an experienced pharmacy tech or new to the field, the training program at AIMS can benefit you greatly. The training allows you to build the foundation for a future career, or if you’re an experienced tech, learn advanced skills for a better position. Most importantly, you’ll be eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) after graduation. Continue reading to learn how our pharmacy technician training can help you grow your career.

New to the Healthcare Field

Even with no prior healthcare experience, the pharmacy tech program is a great option. It will prepare students to work as entry-level pharmacy techs in a variety of facilities, including local pharmacies and hospitals. A strong foundation of knowledge is provided before moving on to more advanced education and training. Some of the topics covered include medical terminology, proper drug administration, drug classifications, and pharmacy management. In addition, hands-on training is provided in an on-campus pharmacy lab.

Practical experience is key to successfully mastering the skills of any career. Therefore, all of our pharmacy tech students are required to complete a 250-hour clinical internship prior to graduation. This is an incredible opportunity to get on-the-job experience at a high-level pharmacy. Some of our clinical affiliations include CVS, Walgreens, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Certification is one of the keys to getting hired and building a successful career as a pharmacy tech. In order to get certified, eligible pharmacy technicians must pass the certification exam offered by PTCB. As of January 1, 2020, only graduates of PTCB recognized pharmacy technician programs are eligible to immediately sit for the certification exam. The program offered at AIMS is officially recognized by PTCB, so our graduates are eligible to take the exam.

Certification for Experienced Pharmacy Techs

Pharmacy tech student training in lab

Are you an experienced pharmacy technician that needs to become nationally certified to maintain your current job? Is your current employer just handing you a review book and saying “Good Luck”? Have you ever done a % solution pharmaceutical calculation at your current workplace?

Well, as you may or may not know, the majority of employers will not hire pharmacy technicians unless they are certified or eligible for certification. A large number of states now require certification in order to be licensed and gainfully employed. Is New Jersey far behind? Don’t get left behind if the law changes. Put yourself in the best position to have a long-lasting and successful career. So if your knowledge in all the pharmacy laws, ethics, pharmaceutical calculations, non-sterile and sterile compounding terminology, medication driven pathology management, and industry related automated machines isn’t as strong as you would like, PERHAPS it is time to re-educate.

AIMS Education is a valuable resource for your certification preparation. So if you feel that your current employer simply isn’t providing enough value to pass this exam or you want to be more confident and prepared to pass the PTCB exam, our comprehensive 9-month program is designed to build on your current knowledge and advance your skill sets by educating you on the realm of criteria set forth on the PTCB exam. The internship component will also allow you to network with health provider leaders of industry within ambulatory and institutional settings.

Pharmacy Tech program director dave oldenhage

Dave Oldenhage is the Pharmacy Technician program director at AIMS.

Experienced technicians are to remain valued and if the above sounds like you, why not check us out! Make our profession once again, the most trusted profession in the world by proving to yourself that you can become a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician!!

Take the Next Step Now

Our pharmacy tech programs start several times a year and we offer both day and evening classes. For those of you who are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please reach out to our admissions team to schedule a school visit. You’ll get the chance to learn about the program curriculum and take a tour of our campus, including the pharmacy lab.

Click here to schedule a visit at our Piscataway campus.

Pharmacy Technician Training Program - AIMS Education

How to Apply for an EKG Technician Program

EKG Technician Program - AIMS Education

No matter if you’re new to the industry or you’re a allied healthcare veteran, becoming an EKG tech (also known as a cardiac monitor tech, ECG tech, and telemetry technician) provides a rewarding future with excellent employment opportunities. So how, exactly, do you get your EKG technician education?

We’re glad you asked: We’ve compiled a thorough step-by-step guide to get you started on the right foot!

Continue Reading…

11 Things to Know Before Becoming an Endoscopy Tech

Things to Know Before Becoming an Endoscopy Tech - AIMS Education

Becoming an endoscopy technician is professionally and personally rewarding. Not only are you able to assist patients with gastrointestinal issues, but you’ll also be working in a fast-paced profession with an extremely promising future.

You might have heard this job title referred to as a GI technician or a flexible endoscopy reprocessor, but whatever it’s called, it’s a great choice for anyone looking to operate in a dynamic allied healthcare field.

We’ve compiled 11 important points that you should know before starting down this career path.

Continue Reading…

Job Outlook & Salary: Certified Cardiographic Technician

Occupational Guide: Certified Cardiographic Technician

Choosing any profession is difficult and brings a lot of uncertainty. You might be concerned about whether the job is in demand, or whether you can afford training. Will you have flexible scheduling or receive a high enough salary?

If you’re in search of excitement, flexibility, and plenty of open positions, then a career as a certified cardiographic technician (also known as a cardiac monitor technician) ticks all those boxes – and more!

Continue Reading…

Comparing EEG Technicians to Other Neurology Careers

Neuroscience has a multitude of branches, and for those who want to work in a brain-related field, it can feel overwhelming to choose one to pursue.

To help you select an allied health career path, we’ve broken down various careers in neurology, starting with EEG technology. So what does an EEG technologist do, how does this role compare to other similar fields, and how do you become one?

Continue Reading…

How to Become a Sterile Processing Technician


You may be feeling a lot of pressure about your future career, but one thing is certain: Choosing to become a sterile processing tech is an excellent decision.

If you’re just starting out in allied healthcare – or already have some experience under your belt – the steps to become a sterile processing tech are typically the same. With our short guide, you’ll discover everything you need to start your future career out right, including which sterile processing technician school is best for you.

Continue Reading…

How to Become a Phlebotomy Tech with Our Simple Guide

Phlebotomy Tech Step-by-Step Guide - AIMS Education

Maybe you’ve decided to become a phlebotomy technician or maybe you’re looking to increase your job opportunities by getting additional healthcare training. Whatever your reasons are, there’s never been a better time to join this growing field.

This article lays out all of the steps to become a phlebotomist ensure that you get enrolled quickly and easily in the phlebotomy school of your choice.

Continue Reading…

Previous Posts