Starting this fall, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences will be the only institution in the Charlotte region to offer an associate's degree in pharmacy technology for those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians.
College Provost Meg Patchett announced recently that the college received approval to offer the degree.
She said the program resulted from discussions with hospital and community pharmacy workers who identified a growing need for such an associate degree.
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is on the Concord campus of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast. It has 514 students enrolled in six associate's degree and three baccalaureate completion programs.
It also offers associate's degrees in medical assistant, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, surgical technology and associate in science. Baccalaureate completion programs are offered in health services leadership and management, medical imaging and nursing.
Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of licensed pharmacists. They perform such jobs as packaging medications, preparing IV admixtures, helping dispense and deliver medications, maintaining patient profile records, managing inventory and providing customer service.
The pharmacy technology degree is a 69-credit-hour program that includes online, hybrid and traditional classroom courses, college spokesman Mark Ellison said.
An optional certificate in health services leadership also will be available for technicians pursuing lead technician or management roles, he said.
The pharmacy technology curriculum and admissions requirements are at www.cabarruscollege.edu/programs/assoc_pharmacy.html.
Interested students are encouraged to apply by April 1 for the fall program. Submit applications online at www.cabarruscollege.edu. Details: 704-403-1555.