A new 10-week Pharmacy Technician training program will be offered by Washtenaw Community College to help meet a workforce shortage of skilled pharmacy technicians.
The program begins on campus November 12.
Pharmacy technicians are medical professionals who work alongside pharmacists to ensure quality patient care. Multiple placement opportunities include settings such as community and hospital pharmacies, as well as compounding pharmacies and insurance companies.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 419,300 pharmacy technician positions available in 2020. This number is forecasted to increase to 436,072 by 2030.
The Pharmacy Technician Boot Camp will be taught by WCC faculty and includes 170 hours of hybrid didactic sessions and 230 hours of on-site clinical experience.
WCC partners with a diverse group of employers for clinical rotations throughout Southeast Michigan, including Michigan Medicine, Trinity Health-St. Joseph Hospital, various community pharmacies, compounding pharmacies and non-traditional settings. The college’s affiliation with these well-known sites makes it easier for students to find a job after completing the program.
The new program is one of the quickest pathways to enter the health care field, whether as an end-career goal or as a steppingstone to other health care fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, nursing and physician assistants.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) – which will allow them to work throughout the United States – and apply for Michigan licensure.
About the Program
WHAT: Pharmacy Technician Boot Camp
WHEN: Starts Saturday, November 12
WHERE: Washtenaw Community College campus and clinical sites
CONTACT: [email protected] or 734-973-3681