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CCRI’s pharmacy tech program
orientation is Oct. 14 in Warwick

Sept. 22, 2015

Photo of Adam Marcotte working in the pharmacy. Adam Marcotte, who completed CCRI's Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician II program, works in the outpatient pharmacy at the VA Medical Center. Learn more about the program at an orientation session next month.

The Community College of Rhode Island's Center for Workforce and Community Education will hold an orientation session at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Knight Campus in Warwick to introduce prospective students to its Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician II program.

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists, including filling, packaging and distributing medications as well as maintaining patient records and inventory. They work in retail pharmacies, hospitals and home health care pharmacies.

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.

The next program will run from Jan. 19 to April 28, 2016, 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.

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.

Contact Sue Caressimo at 455-6070 for more information about the program or to register for the orientation session.

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