From the time he was young, Pharmacy Technician graduate Daniel Evans knew he wanted to make the world a better place through a career in healthcare. Today, he’s doing exactly that—along with his brother and sister, after all three earned our Pharmacy Technician Certificate.
“I always wanted to work with something medical,” explains Daniel. “My mom was a nurse, and my sister went into pharmacy tech work after completing the course at CPE. I was interested in taking it because of her experience. Not only did it provide training, but hands-on experience as well.”
Following in their sister’s footsteps, Daniel and his brother enrolled together. The family connection proved to be a strong asset as they moved through the course material.
“We were there to work, read, and study together, which was so helpful,” says Daniel. “We weren’t there to be competitive. The teachers helped us find extra resources and always kept information up-to-date. They wanted us to be better. CPE is such a supportive and friendly environment as a whole, from registration on.”
Throughout the course, Daniel was impressed with the wide range of pharmacy topics he was learning. When it was time to look for a job in the field, the support he received from his instructor was invaluable.
“The course gives you a grounding for every kind of pharmacy work,” says Daniel. “Pharmacy settings are very different from retail, to hospital, to compounding, and nuclear. It’s taught by a pharmacist with real world perspectives and experiences, and that is what helped us the most. My employer called my instructor during the interview process, which helped me get hired. The Pharmacy Technician Certificate at CPE gives you credibility in the workforce. It shows you have the dedication to complete a serious program and that you are ready.”
Daniel and his brother graduated together in 2017. Shortly after, Daniel moved to Nebraska with a desire to explore a different part of the U.S. and begin working. His certificate continues to serve him well as he fulfills his dream of serving others through his vital role in healthcare.
“What I love most is that I can help people,” explains Daniel. “People need [pharmacy] techs. I can prepare their medication and give them the best price, but also add a personal touch to my work. We know how expensive prescriptions can be. I work with customers to find the best solution and make them smile in the process.”
Daniel has great advice for those who are thinking about enrolling in the course, particularly when it comes to taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE®).
“Some things you can only learn from working, so I waited to take the national exam until I had been on the job for a few months,” says Daniel. “I felt confident enough to take the exam, and I passed. I found that memorizing the names of the drugs and what they are used to treat was the most helpful when preparing for the exam.”
When it comes to day-to-day life on the job, Daniel is a believer in the power of positivity.
“Always keep a positive attitude. Remember that you are working in a medical field with people who are sick and possibly in pain. Remember you are there to help make their day better.”