PDCCC graduates third class of pharmacy technicians
Published 5:07 pm Saturday, May 23, 2015
Paul D. Camp Community College recently graduated its third class of pharmacy technicians. Eight of this year’s nine graduates have already taken and passed the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.
“This certification enables them to work as a technician anywhere in the United States,” said Pharmacy Technician Program Director and Instructor Elaine Beale. “Most states, including Virginia, require technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy as well, so they have a record of all certified technicians. One of this year’s students has already been hired as a technician and many have had very promising interviews.”
Applications are now being accepted through the Department of Nursing and Allied Health for fall 2015 semester classes, which will begin on Aug. 21. “Space is limited for this program,” said Beale. “I encourage those interested to apply early.”
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The pharmacy technician field is growing due to the increasing elderly population and the use of technicians to perform many duties that were previously limited to a registered pharmacist. “Technicians are considered professionals and assist pharmacists in retail, hospital, nursing home supply and mail order pharmacy settings,” said Beale.
The program includes basic classes, such as freshman English, public speaking and CPR certification, as well as specific pharmacy classes and clinical experiences. “It is a 25-credit hour, eight-month comprehensive program, so students are eligible for financial aid,” said Beale. “After completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the national and state examinations for certification, whichever they prefer.”
According to Beale, a total of 17 students have passed either the national or Virginia State Board exam since the program graduated its first class in May 2013. Other students have gone on into the nursing program or a four-year college.
For more information, go to www.pdc.edu or contact Beale at email@example.com.