5 Pharmacy Technician Training Programs Starting Soon

AUGUST 17, 2015
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor
As the technician’s role on the pharmacy team continues to evolve, many current and future techs have turned to their local community colleges for training.
Technician training programs help students cultivate the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the changing pharmacy environment, as well as prepare them to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
These courses have become increasingly important as many states implement strengthened technician regulations. A number of states currently require all technicians to be nationally certified in order to work in a pharmacy, while a proposed Pennsylvania bill would require techs to complete a training program approved by the state’s pharmacy board.
To help meet the increasing demand for formally trained technicians, the following 5 schools have announced the launch or reaccreditation of technician training programs.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer a technician training course in its upcoming fall semester. Limited to 40 students, the class seeks to train students to assist pharmacists in handling medications and serving patients.
The class will meet 20 times on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm, beginning on September 22 and ending on December 1. The instructor for the course will be Helen Nemeth, an outpatient pharmacist at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center with more than 10 years of pharmacy experience.
The cost to register for the course is $400 until September 15, after which the fee will rise to $500. Those interested in enrolling can call 800-222-3878 or visit http://etsuaw.etsu.edu and click on “Health Care.”