Classes Start Feb. 22

BRIDGEPORT - Housatonic Community College this month is offering a non-credit course that can lead to Pharmacy Technician certification.

Pharmacy technicianshelp licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. They are generally responsible for receiving prescription requests, counting tablets, and labeling bottles, Pharmacy technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies have various additional responsibilities, depending on state rules and regulations.

“With the 76 million baby boomers approaching retirement, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent over the next ten years,” said HCC Director of Workforce and Non-Credit Courses Deborah S. Kuchmas. “This is faster that the average for all other occupations.”

As cost-conscious insurers begin using pharmacies as patient-care centers and pharmacists become more involved in patient care, pharmacy technicians will see an expansion of their role in the pharmacy, she said. All this adds up to bright employment prospects, especially for those with certifications.
“This certification course is one of several that we offer to prepare students for careers with a future,” Kuchmas said. “ In this economy, with its high unemployment rates, we’re delighted that we are able to provide this service.”

The HCC course is designed to prepare students for the official Pharmacy Technician certification exam. The course will cover medical terminology specific to pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Dosage calculations, I.V. flow rate, drug compounding and dose conversion, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing, and insurance reimbursement will also be discussed.

The exam is not included in the course. Basic Math and Algebra, necessary to make pharmaceutical calculations, are prerequisites.

This ten-week course, taught by Frank Boskello, is being offered Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 22 - April 28;  6:30-9:30 p.m.; Room A209 in Lafayette Hall. The fee is $629

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at 203-332-5057.

Housatonic Community College is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.