Perryville Higher Ed Center to Offer 12-Week Pharmacy Tech Program
Mineral Area College’s Pharmacy Technician Program is branching out to the Higher Education Center in Perryville. Through MAC’s participation in the MoHealthWINs program eligible students can receive top-notch healthcare career training, plus personal assistance and job placement services at no tuition cost. Since its launch at the Park Hills campus in October 2012, 18 program graduates have been placed in full-time pharmacy technician positions.
The 12-week Pharmacy Tech program will accept up to 20 students per class, with two classes offered in 2014. The spring class runs April 28-July 22. The fall class runs Sept. 22-Dec. 18. Classroom and lab training hours are 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with eight-hour clinical experiences on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Week 6 of the program. Clinical experiences are held at participating pharmacies and hospitals.
Alison Sheets, MAC support specialist for MoHealthWINs, said students must be approved through the State Board of Pharmacy in order to be accepted into the program. “We take care of that process for the student, but it can take up to eight weeks, so anyone who’s interested in the program should call as soon as possible,” she said.
“This has been a popular program for students who want to gain the skills and knowledge for an entry level pharmacy technician position, as well as prepare for the National Certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board,” she said. “It isn’t an easy program, but we offer a lot of support before and throughout the 12-week class. Our former students have said that’s made all the difference in their success.”
Anyone interested in the program and the MoHealthWINs grant eligibility requirements can call Sheets, (573) 518-3820, or MoWINs Program Navigator Tina Miller, (573) 518-3840, at Mineral Area College. Applications for the health service programs are available at http://www.mineralarea.edu/MoWINS/ or by calling Sheets or Miller.