WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education to offer pharmacy technician certification program

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, along with Condensed Curriculum International Inc., will offer a pharmacy technician certification program beginning Thursday, March 10, and continuing through Thursday, April 28, on the Cullowhee campus.

Classes will meet in the Cordelia Camp Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. to allow students to complete the required 50 hours to obtain the certification.

The program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and pursue certification by taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. To be eligible to begin the program, students must have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED. The program’s cost is $999, with all materials included.

The need for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase substantially through 2016. Approximately 400,000 technicians will be employed by 2018 to meet the nation’s growing healthcare demands. Pharmacists depend on technicians to be efficient with pharmacy calculations, medical terminology, and reading and interpreting prescriptions as well as dispensing prescriptions, managing inventory control, and handling billing and reimbursement.

Condensed Curriculum International Inc. has been partnering with colleges and universities for more than 12 years to help offer allied health programs in communities.

For more information about the program or to register, visit pdp.wcu.edu or call 828-227-7397.