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[Wednesday, February 03, 2010]

A Pharmacy Technician Program will take place at McHenry County College from 6-9:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 16. The program will continue through May 6 in Room A207 at MCC.

McHenry County College has launched the program in an effort to ease the recent shortage of pharmacy technicians and give future pharmacists a sample of the health profession.

The Pharmacy Technician course is designed to teach students the fundamentals and specific aspects of being a pharmacy technician. This program is ideal for students interested in being a pharmacy technician, pre-pharmacy students, or those looking to strengthen their skills in the healthcare field. This class introduces students to various pharmacy practice settings and covers drug classes and interactions, daily pharmacy operations and basic physiology. Upon completion of this course, students will be efficient in completing daily tasks performed in a pharmacy setting and be prepared for entry-level pharmacy positions. Students will also be prepared to take the national certification exam, now required by the Illinois Board of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists, including filling, packaging and distributing medications, and maintaining patient records and inventory. Starting salaries for pharmacy technicians is about $10 to $13 an hour but certified technicians can earn 20 to 30 percent more. Chain retail pharmacies, hospitals, and home health care pharmacies typically employ them.

Health care workers wanting to enhance their knowledge of prescription drugs and future pharmacists also can benefit from the program, which includes training in pharmacy math, generics, pharmacy law and interpreting prescriptions.

Cost for the program is $1,399. To register, call (815) 455-8588 and use course ID: QHC C03-003 when registering. For more information, contact: Ruth Kormanak at (815) 479-7879 or

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