PDI at OCCC offers accelerated four-week program for pharmacy technician students affected by for-profit closures

Course begins Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

    (Published: 11-14-16)

PDI offers accelerated pharmacy tech courses for those affected by for-profit closures.

Oklahoma City Community College’s (OCCC) Professional Development Institute (PDI), a center of excellence for continuing education and workforce development, will offer a pharmacy technician course with an emphasis in basic prescription and dispensing starting Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 to help those affected by for-profit closures.

The four-week, $595 course will include skills needed to work in retail pharmacies and hospitals instructed by Howard Turner, certified pharmacy technician since 1994. “I not only prepare my students to work in pharmacies and hospitals. I also prepare them for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam,” Turner said.

PDI has partnered with the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) as an Advocate Educator and can help streamline the application process for students to test for the national exam. Students can pay for the exam, $129, and receive a voucher at the end of the program to test to become a PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician.

The course will also include state regulations, insurance restrictions, mathematics, applicable law, nomenclature, basic IV admixture and computerized pharmacy systems. Students will receive two text books approved by the American Pharmacists Association and a certificate of completion contingent upon a 75 percent or better grade in the course.

“Professionals need to know we offer competitive pricing for our pharmacy technician program and an education that will provide employment opportunities,” says PDI Director John Claybon.

PDI’s program is also approved for funding through Dynamic Workforce Solutions. To see if you qualify for funding, contact (405) 234-5000. 

The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the PDI building, 7124 S. I-35 Service Road. For more information, please contact Kirstin Krug at (405) 682-7856 or kirstin.m.krug@occc.edu, or visit www.occc.edu/pdi

OCCC’s PDI launched over 15 years ago in response to the growing need for continuing education and workforce development in Oklahoma City, its surrounding cities and in the nation and furthers OCCC’s mission to community outreach and education. The institute’s program includes relevant and innovative training solutions taught by leading, certified professionals that meet the needs of the Oklahoma and national economy. Training complies with industry regulations and satisfies requirements for industry certifications, licensing and credit hours.

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. The college is currently the largest adult basic education provider in the state. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.