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CCRI to offer pharmacy tech program
to meet employer demand
Dec. 28, 2015
The Community College of Rhode Island’s Center for Workforce and Community Education will begin the next session of its Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician II program next month to help fill a need for qualified pharmacy technicians in the state.
Program coordinator Sue Caressimo said those who complete the program are in high demand. “I receive calls almost daily from pharmacies seeking technicians to fill part-time and full-time positions,” she said. “They know the quality of our program and our graduates and want to hire them. However, most have found employment so I have nobody to recommend for these open positions.”
To help meet the demand and train the next generation of certified pharmacy technicians, CCRI will run its 300-hour program from Jan. 19 to April 28 at the college’s Knight Campus in Warwick.
Following 180 hours of classroom training, students will have approximately six weeks to sit for the national certification exam and obtain their state license. They then will be assigned to an externship position of 120 hours that will complete their training.
CCRI’s program prepares students to be Level II technicians, where they will have more responsibility and earn more money. According to Labor Market Information from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, job openings for pharmacy technicians in the state will increase 25 percent in the period between 2012 and 2022. Median pay for pharmacy techs is $13.89 an hour, with experienced technicians earning $18.70 per hour.
Besides those looking to become pharmacy technicians, health care workers who want to enhance their knowledge of prescription drugs also can benefit from the program, which includes training in pharmacy math, generics, pharmacy law, insurance and interpreting prescriptions.
The program is approved under the GI Bill and eligible for EasyPay, an interest-free plan that enables students to spread payments over three months. Contact Sue Caressimo at 455-6070 for more information about the program.