SRTC – Bainbridge’s First Pharmacy Technician Class reaches completion successfully

Back Row (L-R): Ethan Thomas Godby of Donalsonville, Martha Cruz Jarquin of Bainbridge, Jennifer Dykes of Colquitt, Kendra Screen of Colquitt, Arlia Alston of Attapulgus, Mary Robin Whitley of Attapulgus, Hannah Griner of Bainbridge

Front Row (L-R): Toccara Gibson of Bainbridge, YNecia Washington of Bainbridge, Gracen Ward of Bainbridge, Reagan Vickers of Bainbridge, and Lucero Hinojo of Bainbridge

On Tuesday, November 19, the inaugural Pharmacy Technician Program cohort at SRTC-Bainbridge received their certificates of completion.

Pharmacy Technicians assist Pharmacists in dispensing prescription medication to customers or healthcare professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Pharmacy Technicians has been growing steadily for over a decade, and is projected to continue to grow at a steady rate nationwide. “Healthcare is always growing so as the population gets older – as we all get older – our need for medications increases. It’s a great field,” said SRTC Pharmacy Technician Instructor, Dr. Amy Ryan.

The comprehensive 50-hour program prepared the students to work as Pharmacy Technicians in retail or other pharmacy settings, and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Course content included: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs, students reviewed dosage calculations, drug classifications, the top 200 drugs, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parenteral nutrition, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

The Spring 2020 class is scheduled for March 3-April 21, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-9 pm at SRTC- Bainbridge. Participants may be eligible for
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) financial assistance. For more information on the program, and to register, please contact Susanne Reynolds, Director for Economic Development, at 229.243.3011 or email sreynolds@southernregional.edu.

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