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Eastern Arizona College to offer a Pharmacy Technician degree and certificate

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Eastern Arizona College to offer a Pharmacy Technician degree and certificate

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Beginning Fall 2006, Eastern Arizona College students can pursue a degree or certificate as a pharmacy technician. Students can choose between the 31-credit hour certificate program and the 64-credit hour Associate of Applied Science Degree.

The certificate program prepares students for an entry-level position into the healthcare profession as a pharmacy technician, being trained in the technical aspects of handling medications and working primarily with drug products. Students will be trained in duties such as selecting, counting, and pouring prescription medications, updating patient profiles, and preparing prescription labels; assisting with drug purchasing and inventory control; packaging medications in unit-dose or med-card form; mixing intravenous solutions and other specialized medications; and gathering data for pharmacists to use in monitoring drug therapy.

The more rigorous degree program will prepare students for an intermediate-level position on the pharmacy team. Students completing either the degree or certificate program will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

“We’re excited to begin offering this program at Eastern. Students will find that this certification is in high demand and offers excellent salaries,” said EAC Allied Health faculty and advisor Dr. Mayuree Siripoon. “Pharmacy technicians are needed in a variety of settings such as hospital pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and drug store or chain pharmacies.”

Students interested in taking advantage of the low tuition at Eastern Arizona College to pursue a degree or certificate program as a pharmacy technician should contact faculty advisor Dr. Mayuree Siripoon at (928) 428-8396.