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Pharmacy Technician Training Course Begins April 9 at MCC

[Tuesday, March 25, 2014]

McHenry County College is offering a Professional Pharmacy Technician training program from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning April 9 through Oct. 15 at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry.

McHenry County College has launched this program to address the recent shortage of pharmacy technicians, while giving future pharmacists a taste of the health profession.

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists by filling, packaging and distributing medications, and maintaining patient records and inventory. Starting earnings for technicians range about $10 to $13 an hour, but certified technicians may earn 20 to 30 percent more. Retail chain pharmacies, hospitals, and home health care pharmacies are typical employers.

The Professional Pharmacy Technician training is a 105-hour course designed to teach students the fundamentals of becoming a pharmacy technician. The program is geared towards a variety of students including those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians, pre-pharmacy students, or those with a healthcare background looking to strengthen their current skills. This class introduces students to various pharmacy practice settings; it covers drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions and daily pharmacy operations. Students will learn how to effectively assist in pharmaceutical preparations and complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment. This program will prepare students to take a national certification exam.

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

Cost is $1,299 and includes books and materials. For more information, contact Ruth Kormanak at (815) 479-7879 or  To register, call the MCC Registration Office at (815) 455-8588 and use course ID: QHC C03-003

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