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What are the pros and cons of free pharmacy continuing education?

I have been working for a pharmaceutical company for a while now. For a long time, I have been the best technician at my company. However, with more and more young people coming in with new skills, I feel the need to get pharmacy continuing education to avoid being replaced. Unfortunately, this seems unlikely since I have so many financial responsibilities.  Is there free continuing education for pharmacy technicians and are there any benefits for taking free continuing education classes? Is it the same as paying for education and attending school the traditional way?

Kristi Hammond

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Tara Andrews on March 7, 2018

With the advancement in technology and new teaching methods, graduates have more advanced skills compared to individuals who got their education a while back. For this reason, it is very important to keep your education up to date if you want to remain relevant in your workplace. This is especially important if you are doing a scientific course like pharmacy. Advances in research and technology bring about a lot of changes in how things are done in the medical field. Therefore, it is crucial to stay informed about these changes. The only way to do this is by getting continuing pharmacy education.

Money should not be a hindrance to furthering your education. Today, there are many institutions of higher learning and online institutions that offer continuing education for free.  Through research, it is possible to discover a suitable school where you can get free classes for continuing education. Free continuing education has a lot of benefits. First and foremost, everything is offered for free. You can access books, do your exams and get certified without having to pay any money. This is very advantageous especially if you have a lot of financial responsibilities. The other benefit of free learning is that you can stop anytime you wish if you realize that the program is not meeting your needs. For instance, if you are not satisfied with how you are being taught, you can always quit the course and choose another one that offers a better quality of education. This way, you will not lose your hard earned money on something that is not giving you any gain.

There are also some disadvantages of choosing free courses. For one, you cannot afford to be too choosy because everything is being offered for free. This makes it hard for you to file complaints or disagree with how the course is being presented to you. There is also a great chance that you will get low quality education. This is because the trainers will not put in as much effort as they would if they were being paid to teach you. Last but not least, you will not be able to access as many resources as you would if you were doing a course that you have to pay for. Free courses are quite different from traditional paid courses in the sense that they do not offer a lot of resources and the quality is quite low.

Brian Warnera year ago

I wouldn’t recommend taking free continuing education for pharmacy technicians either. A lot of people take free courses because they want to save money. As a result, instructors find themselves catering to numerous students. Therefore, it will be very difficult for you to get 100% attention from the instructor because they have a lot of students to attend to. The other reason why I think it is not a good idea is that most free courses are provided by institutions that are not accredited. This means there is a great chance you will end up getting a certificate that is not recognized anywhere. If this happens, it means you only wasted your time. Try finding an affordable institution. There are plenty of cheap institutions. You only need to compare different options. If you can’t make sure you choose a reputable and accredited university. This will ensure you give you some guarantee of better quality education.


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