Tech Trek Navigator: Darwin Breland II, CPhT-Adv

Based on his experiences as a Type 1 diabetic, Darwin was inspired to become a pharmacy technician. He’s a night owl who has ended up working the early morning shift—but he still loves what he does.

Tell us about your inspiration and career journey.

I became a pharmacy technician because, as a Type 1 diabetic, I have been involved with pharmacies my entire life. I understand the struggles patients sometimes go through when filling their necessary medications. More than anything, I want to be part of the solution. In the next three to five years, I hope to elevate my career and move into an education/training role.

How have PTCB’s certificates helped you?

My PTCB certificates have helped me advance by providing a way to showcase my knowledge and demonstrate it every day. Working in a hospital, I use my certificates to provide a safe, compliant, and efficient workplace for my peers and patients. I plan to leverage the skills gained from earning these certificates to accelerate my career.

What advice would you give pharmacy technicians as they explore their career paths?

I have overcome challenges in my career with these three steps:

  • Ask questions—Never hesitate to reach out to your leadership when you are stuck on an issue!
  • Persevere—Remember the reason that you became a pharmacy technician and the reason you put on your scrubs every morning. Let that drive you to excellence.
  • Keep yourself grounded —Don't forget that you have earned your place where you are. You can do this!



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