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Pharmacy Technology Student Finds Employment Through Clinical

Katie Brown(March 31, 2014) Part of the Pharmacy Technology degree program at Stanly Community College (SCC) is the clinical portion that provides opportunities for students to work in pharmacy settings under a pharmacist's supervision. “I’ve got the job that I have now through my clinical portion that I took last fall and I love it!” explained Katie Brown, Pharmacy Technology student. “SCC is a great school that has many options.”

Katie is currently employed at CMC-Northeast as a pharmacy technician. “After I take my National Certification Exam, I will become certified as a CPhT. This is a great career for anyone that likes the medical field and wants to help people, but can’t do all the blood and gruesome parts of nursing,” added Katie.

Our region is projected to create 3,400 medical jobs per year over the next five years. Stanly Community College is positioned to teach the required skills and competencies to help fill the emerging occupations. Last fall, a new Germfree Laminar Flow Glovebox/Isolator (LFGI) was purchased for the Pharmacy program. The LFGI unit provides the ultimate in both product and student protection, functioning as a Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolator, while operating under a strong negative pressure. The student is provided a complete barrier from materials being manipulated in the work area through the use of a highly ergonomic glove system.

The Pharmacy Technology program at SCC prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency. Students learn to prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications in unit-dose or med-card form, and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

Employment opportunities include retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

Graduates from the program may be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a certified pharmacy technician.

Nearly 100% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation and enter the workforce with a certification or licensure in their chosen healthcare profession. For more information, please contact Kim Lewis, Program Head/Instructor, Pharmacy Technology program, at (704) 991-0156.

Katie Brown

Katie Brown, Pharmacy Technology student, practices mixing IV medications using the aseptic technique in the new GermFree barrier isolator.