This spring, individuals interested in pursuing a career in the pharmacy industry will have an opportunity to receive entry level education locally.
"We are very excited to be adding the pharmacy technician certificate program at the Crowder College Cassville Campus this spring," said Angela Seymour, Cassville Campus director. "We will be the first branch campus to offer the program on the ground.
"This adds another opportunity for the students in the area," said Seymour. "The program will allow them to take courses here and complete the program in one semester. This will give students interested in entering this field a better opportunity for employment."
The pharmacy technician certificate program will offer four courses over a 16-week semester. Students will earn a total of 12 credit hours.
"This is a hybrid class," said Jana Kidd, Crowder College allied health instructor. "Part of the class will be offered online, and we will meet once a week, so that students can practice their skills.
"They will also be required to complete an internship during the last eight weeks of class," said Kidd. "During that time, they will be required to make an extra day commitment at a pharmacy."
Kidd said the program was designed to offer flexibility for students who are already working and those who have children to care for at home.
"The curriculum will require students to know the top 200 prescription medications by trade name, generic name and use," said Kidd. "They will also be required to have a good sense of math, because this career requires a lot calculations."
Pharmacy technician students can choose to emphasize in retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy. Those who are interested in working in a hospital pharmacy will need to be familiar with intravenous medications also, said Kidd, who will teach the local pharmacy technician classes.
"They will need to be very familiar with medical terminology," said Kidd. "Pharmacy technicians work with and assist pharmacists by filling and refilling prescriptions, stocking and restocking inventory and offering customer service. They must be very familiar with medications."
The pharmacy technician certificate program will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Finals will be completed the week of May 14, 2012. Classroom hours will be conducted on Thursdays.
"This is an accelerated course," said Kidd. "The student must achieve a 70 percent in Pharmacy 101 to remain in the program mid-semester."
Students must also achieve at least a 70 percent in all classes in order to take the national certification test.
The first pharmacy technician class will be limited to 20 students. Individuals interested in the class can sign up now.
The pharmacy technical certificate program will increase the number of programs offered at the Cassville Campus to 10. The local college offers five associate of arts degrees, an associate of science nursing degree, a CNA (certified nurse's assistant) certificate program, an EMT (emergency medical technician) certificate program and an office administration program.
Students can also complete a variety of programs through Crowder College's online classes and classes offered at the Neosho campus.
For more information on the pharmacy technician certificate program or any of the other programs offered at the Cassville Campus, call 847-1706.