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MARCH 23, 2016

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College will expand its Pharmacy Technology diploma program this fall by offering evening classes, giving students more flexibility. GTCC will accept a cohort of 12 students to the evening program. The deadline to apply is April 22. Rolling admission will continue for students who apply after the deadline.

“This is a pilot program to open up more opportunities for students, especially those who work during the day,” said Tonya Welch, department chair of the Pharmacy Tech program at GTCC. “This will make it easier for them to attend classes.

Pharmacy Technology is a limited enrollment program that begins each fall semester. The one-year program prepares individuals to assist pharmacists in duties that a technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency.

Pharmacy technicians prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medication in unit-dose or med-card form, and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

Graduates may be employed in retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

“The jobs are out there,” Welch said, adding that there is a large demand particularly in retail for pharmacy techs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor sites several factors for the increased demand for pharmacy techs including an aging population and higher rates of chronic diseases among all age groups.

Forbes recently named pharmacy technicians as one of the 15 best jobs for young people with annual openings of 18,200.

GTCC’s diploma program began in 2006. An associate degree program was added in 2009. Students who graduate from the diploma program may apply for acceptance to GTCC’s associate of applied science degree program in pharmacy technology by meeting the following criteria: graduate of the diploma program, pass the National Certification Exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and maintain a 3.5 GPA.

For more information about the Pharmacy Technology program, visit or call 334-4822 ext. 55079. To apply for admission, visit

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC