College & Community Relations

Aims to offer Pharmacy Technician certificate program

Submitted on: 12-18-2008

Aims Community College is partnering with Boston Reed College to offer a 27-week certificate program in Pharmacy Technician. Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists in packaging and mixing prescriptions, maintaining client records, assisting with inventory control and purchasing as well as coordinating billing. The program prepares students for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for Pharmacy Technicians is expected to grow 32 percent by 2014. The average salary for Pharmacy Technicians in our region is approximately $35,000. "Bringing this program to the community will fulfill several needs," said Program Director John Hutson. "Pharmacies are looking to employ well-trained pharmacy technicians, and students who earn their certificate through Aims will be prepared to enter a stable career that pays well." An orientation for this program will be held on Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Aims Continuing Education Division, 5590 W. 11th St. For more information, call 339-6504.

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