Interested in landing a rewarding, well-paying job that provides a valuable service to the community and requires only two semesters of training? One with a local market for the skills you’ll learn? Northland Pioneer College’s Pharmacy Tech program offers an excellent career opportunity for you. Recognized as an outstanding program by CVS Pharmacy, the NPC program is partnering with the industry to produce highly skilled pharmacy technicians who can ably meet the demands of pharmacies and local customers.
Technicians work under a pharmacist’s direction as they fill prescriptions and provide information to patients and healthcare professionals as well as manage medicine supply areas. In non-metro Northern Arizona, the mean annual salary for pharmacy technicians is $37,990 Statistics, May 2019). Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow nine percent through 2024.
After receiving praise for the Pharmacy Tech program during a recent meeting with local CVS officials, Debra McGinty, dean of the NPC Nursing & Allied Health programs, said the added training and certification will make NPC pharmacy tech completers even more marketable. “We are enhancing and expanding the program to two semesters to include medical terminology and compounding skills (the process of combining, mixing, or altering drug ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient) for those students who excel, along with immunization training in retail settings. These are skills that CVS encouraged us to offer. Our students are being prepared well, and there are jobs available here in Northeastern Arizona.”
NPC’s Pharmacy Technician program provides students with the broad range of knowledge necessary for employment — including an introduction to medical and pharmaceutical terminology and basic anatomy as related to the pharmacology of medications and studies in pharmaceutical calculations. Students prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) test to earn the Certified Pharmacy Technician credential.
NPC pharmacy tech students also benefit from the high level of faculty training available to them. Both instructors have doctorates in pharmacy and both work at Winslow’s Indian Health Care Center. Dr. Nicholas Palm teaches Pharmacy Tech classes at NPC’s Winslow campus, and Dr. Devin Brimhall teaches at the Snowflake campus. The prerequisite course will be offered online this fall (HES 170) in addition to offerings for both the prerequisite and progressive classes. See the class schedule at www.npc.edu/class-schedule.