WASHINGTON, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification and advanced training programs developed by the Pharmacy Technician Workforce Coalition of the Triad continue to support the development of highly-skilled pharmacy technician workforces in North Carolina's evolving healthcare system.
The Coalition, a collaborative effort between health-system pharmacy employers and local community colleges, was formed to address the ongoing quest for quality and patient care, and the introduction of new technology, including automation, robotics, and informatics, in the Triad region.
The two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Pharmacy Technology for pharmacy technicians, developed by the Coalition with support from the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, meets these needs by preparing a highly trained and PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) workforce to take on select new medication distribution and administrative tasks.
The program's comprehensive curriculum includes a range of courses on pharmaceutical calculations, medical terminology, computer systems, and critical thinking skills necessary for safe preparation and distribution of medications, and 600 hours of clinical hospital rotations under the supervision of pharmacists and senior pharmacy technicians.
"Graduates of the AAS program are qualified, have an appreciation for the work pharmacists do, and are eager to support and take ownership in patient care services," said Michael Nnadi, BSP, PharmD, MHS, Vice President Pharmacy Services, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Novant Health. "We have seen unprecedented response from community colleges. Five additional communi