I am a CNA or HCA in Canada, Should I go for Pharmacy Technician or LPN?

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Hi All, I am currently working as CNA for about 8 months now and want to further my education. At first I want to become an LPN which is 13 months for those who is CNA. Then, I found out Pharmacy Technician program which is only 8 months. Working with CNA sometimes I don't feel like working and if I continue to become an LPN , I will still be working in similar environment like CNA. So I thought Pharmacy Tech will be a good career change and more interesting. However, there are a lot of online review about Pharmacy Tech career has 0% growth in the future as Amazon is going to take over pharmacy business and it is no longer a good career. When I go to indeed.ca and compare LPN and pharmacy Tech job postings, I saw more LPN job are posted and more pay compare to Pharmacy Tech. I am lost, should I go for Pharmacy Tech or LPN for my next program.

Please advise.

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Silverdragon102, BSN

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Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 35 years experience.

Moved to the Canadian Nursing forum

Khow89

228 Posts

Wouldn't they still need pharm tech at pharmacy stores? Well the benefit of doing LPN is that you can directly upgrade to RN through bridging and possible masters later if you want. Whereas pharm tech you have to do undergrad then do a pharmacy program.

If you don't see yourself as a LPN, I wouldn't force it. I would suggest looking into other jobs within healthcare and outside of healthcare. How about optician? If you saved enough money, you might be able to open up your own store.

amandab13

77 Posts

Has 13 years experience.

Where do you live that the LPN Program is 13months?!?

Tun Tun

4 Posts

3 hours ago, amandab13 said:

Where do you live that the LPN Program is 13months?!?

13 months is only for those who were CNA/HCA and wors in complex care facilities for 800 hours within 5 yrs. The regular LPN is 16 months.

amandab13

77 Posts

Has 13 years experience.
8 hours ago, Tun Tun said:

13 months is only for those who were CNA/HCA and wors in complex care facilities for 800 hours within 5 yrs. The regular LPN is 16 months.

But which province is this? Never heard of this before.

Lucydog14

144 Posts

Has 13 years experience.

Yeah. Practical Nursing is five semesters where I am.

kim1l

82 Posts

Has 1 years experience.
On 2/29/2020 at 12:34 PM, Tun Tun said:

13 months is only for those who were CNA/HCA and wors in complex care facilities for 800 hours within 5 yrs. The regular LPN is 16 months.

Which province and which school?

Tun Tun

4 Posts

11 hours ago, kim1l said:

Which province and which school?

Vancouver, Vancouver Community Center

dayandnight

330 Posts

11 hours ago, Tun Tun said:

Vancouver, Vancouver Community Center

Do you mean Vancouver, Washington? Care aids are not called CNA's in Canada, (it's a US term). I think they may have moved your post to the Canadian nursing forum by mistake. If you do live in Canada, as you work you will be working with many different nurses and will be able to see if studying nursing is the right option for you.

Tun Tun

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2 hours ago, dayandnight said:

Do you mean Vancouver, Washington? Care aids are not called CNA's in Canada, (it's a US term). I think they may have moved your post to the Canadian nursing forum by mistake. If you do live in Canada, as you work you will be working with many different nurses and will be able to see if studying nursing is the right option for you.

It is Vancouver, Canada.

Lucydog14

144 Posts

Has 13 years experience.

So why are you using American lingo?