HCC to offer pharmacy technician program

(June 16, 2008) - Hagerstown Community College has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer a pharmacy technician certificate program, beginning this fall.
The 26-credit program is designed to prepare students to work as pharmacy technicians in retail and institutional healthcare settings. It includes hands-on laboratory experience in counting, labeling, compounding of medications, sterile technique and IV preparations, infection control, best practices of dispensing medications, and the safe handling of medications. Completion of the program will prepare students to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification (NPTC) Examination.
According to Maryland Occupational Projections for 2000-2010, employment for pharmacy technicians is projected to increase by 41 percent. For the tri-state area, 83 percent of pharmacies surveyed expect to have employment opportunities for students trained in this program.
Pharmacy technician classes offered at HCC for the fall 2008 semester include Intro to Pharmacy Technology (PHR-101), which is offered on Mondays and Wednesday from 6 to 7:45 p.m., Pharmaceutical Calculation (PHR-102), which is offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and Pharmacy Lab I (PHR-103), which is offered on Tuesdays from 8 to 8:45 p.m. Each class runs from August 25 through December 10.
For more information on the pharmacy technician program, contact Judith Peisen at peisenj@hagerstowncc.edu or Elaine Ashby at ashbye@hagerstowncc.edu, or call 301-790-2800, ext. 268.