Harper Launches New Pharmacy Tech Course

The employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by more than 30 percent in the decade between 2008 and 2018 - a trend spurred by growing demands for medicine, the creation of new drugs and improved healthcare plans that allow more people access to medication.

Harper College this fall is offering a first-ever course aimed at giving local residents an edge in the industry and a leg up in the job market.

The eight-week class, taught by licensed pharmacists, will equip students to juggle the daily duties of a pharmacy technician - a healthcare role whose employees work alongside licensed pharmacists - and prepare them to take the certification exam.

The class promises to be a draw for those wanting immediate work in the promising healthcare field, says Susan Landers, Harper's Continuing Education Health and Human Services Coordinator.

It's already proven so popular that the College added an additional class section to make more seats available - even before it got off the ground.

"Given the state of the economy, this class is promising for people who need good work fast," Landers said. "We're giving students the opportunity to become job-ready quickly."

Those who complete the class could have job prospects in hospitals, home healthcare and with online and community pharmacies.

CONTACT: Susan Landers