The Edmond Sun

December 27, 2013

OCCC to offer Pharmacy Tech Class, Feb. 3 through April 9


Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — 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 Feb. 3, Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will again offer the Pharmacy Technician I: Basic Prescriptions & Dispensing course. The course will run until April 9.

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.

Vickie Chandler, certified pharmacy technician, will teach the course again this session. She has taught the Basic Pharmacy Technician I since 2009.

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 682–7856 or www.occc.edu/pdi/pharmacy.html.