Binghamton University has introduced a new program for high school graduates called the Pharmacy Technician Program Microcredential.

This is a special 19-week, 420-hour course offered by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences designed to give high school graduates the skills and confidence they need to launch a career as pharmacy technicians in the growing healthcare field.

This program is the brainchild of School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Dean Kanneboyina Nagaraju and thanks to a grant, it's completely free for anyone who wants to enroll.

To qualify, a student must be at least 18 years old by July 1, 2024, and have a high school or equivalency diploma. They’ll also need to pass a criminal background check and urine drug screening.

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists with all aspects of medication dispensing and patient care, from packing and labeling medicines to processing insurance claims. And now the program will also teach students how to screen for allergies and administer immunizations.

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The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is partnering with local pharmacies and hospitals to generate interest in pharmacy careers in the community. They've got a great curriculum and admission process put together by a dedicated team of faculty members.

The Pharmacy Technician Program Microcredential will be completely free in 2024 thanks to a generous contribution from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Students will receive all needed supplies, plus access to the ASHP's PharmTech Ready curriculum online. Once a student graduates, all they’ll need is $175 for pharmacy technician licensure through the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions.

The deadline to enroll in the Pharmacy Technician Program Microcredential is June 1 and you can enroll here.

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