OCCC to Offer Pharmacy Tech Class, Sept. 16 through Nov. 13

    (Published: 08-26-13)

Pharmacy Technician I Program at OCCC

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy technicians is on the rise. From 2010 to 2020, the job market for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Beginning Sept. 16, Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will again offer the Pharmacy Technician I: Basic Prescriptions & Dispensing course. The course will run until Nov. 13.

The majority of pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies and drug stores, while many also work in hospitals and grocery stores. With part-time and full-time job opportunities, pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication; record information needed to fill a prescription; count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions; compound or mix medications; package and label prescriptions; accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims; do routine pharmacy tasks including answering phone calls from customers.

The Pharmacy Technician I course at OCCC is taught by a certified pharmacy technician. The course will offer participants a firm foundation to receive certification in this growing field, and will prepare them to practice with a registered pharmacist.

In 2010, the median annual wage of pharmacy technicians was $28,400. The highest paid pharmacy technicians are those who work in hospitals, making over $32,000.

Prerequisites for the class include a high school diploma or GED and basic math skills.

Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Keith Leftwich Memorial Library, room 407 A&B, on the OCCC campus.

Cost for the course is $480, which includes 36 hours of instruction and two textbooks approved by the American Pharmacists Association.

For more information or enrollment, contact the OCCC Professional Development Institute at (405) 682 – 7856 or www.occc.edu/pdi/pharmacy.html.