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August 07, 2007

New Pharmacy Technician program offered through Gavilan College Community Education

WHO: Gavilan College Community Education (in partnership with Boston Reed College)

WHAT: Now offering a fee-based, Pharmacy Technician Training Program. The 27-week program, designed for working adults, includes 182 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours pharmacy externship. To be eligible, students must be 18 years of age or older, and must complete high school (or equivalent) prior to externship placement. Students must be computer literate and proficient in English and math. Upon completion, graduates will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment and become eligible to apply for registration as a Pharmacy Technician in the State of California. This is a not-for-credit program.

WHEN: Saturdays, September 29-May 3, 2007 (with externship); no class on 11/24, 12/22, 12/29, 2/16, & 3/22. A FREE orientation meeting will be held on Saturday August 25 at 9am in CJ500.

WHERE: Room CJ500, Gavilan College, main campus; 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy
WHY: According to the US Department of Labor, the demand for Pharmacy Technicians is projected to grow 26% by 2014 due to the needs of a larger, older population. Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in the packaging or mixing of prescriptions, maintain client records, refer clients to the pharmacist for counseling, assist with inventory control and purchasing, collect payments and coordinate billing. Pay scales vary upon geographic location. In Santa Clara County, Pharmacy Technicians earn up to $21 per hour.

HOW: The cost for this program is $2,199. Students with a need for financial assistance may apply for private educational loans; grants and scholarships are not available for this program. Students may register online at; by phone at 408-847-2514, x. 1; by fax at 408-847-0724; in person or by mail to Gavilan College, Community Education, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy, Ca. 95020. For more information call (408) 847-2514.


Last modified: August 17, 2011
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