On Tuesday, Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) held a pinning ceremony where five Pharmacy Technology students were honored by receiving their pins. This ceremony commemorates the students’ completion of their coursework and clinical rotations. This graduating class also had a 100 percent pass rate on its Pharmacy Technician National Certification Exam (PTCE), which makes the members Certified Pharmacy Technicians and allows them to participate in SWGTC’s graduation ceremony on June 6, 2013.
“I am very proud of my students’ accomplishments and the hard work they put into completing the Pharmacy Technology program and passing the certification exam. They will make great pharmacy technicians and be a great addition to the profession. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” Dr. Amy Ryan, SWGTC Pharmacy Technology Program director and instructor.
According to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), “the Pharmacy Technician Certification Program enables technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Certification is achieved by meeting specific eligibility requirements and earning a passing score on the PTCE, which assesses candidates' competence to perform the work of a pharmacy technician.”
“Our college’s tradition of having high pass rates on occupational boards and certification/licensure exams continues with the 100 percent pass rate for our latest Pharmacy Technology graduates. This is an outstanding accomplishment by our graduates on the national certification exam and allows them to move forward into their careers as pharmacy technicians,” Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC president.
According to the US Department of Labor “employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases and the number of elderly people, who tend to use more medications than others, is growing.” It also stated that there were approximately 334,400 pharmacy technician jobs in the United States in 2010 and the median annual income was $28,400.
The SWGTC Pharmacy Technology degree, which can be completed in five semesters, provides an individual with the skills required for success in a retail pharmacy or a hospital-based pharmacy department. With this degree, graduates are prepared to function as pharmacy technicians in positions requiring preparations of medications according to prescription under the direction of a pharmacist.
For more information on the Pharmacy Technology Program at Southwest Georgia Technical College please call (229) 225-5060 or visit www.southwestgatech.edu.