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Blinn offers online pharmacy technician program

Local demand for pharmacy technicians expected to grow 23.8 percent by 2024

June 14, 2017

Blinn College’s Division of Technical & Community Programs is offering an online course that trains students to begin a career as a pharmacy technician in just 12 weeks.

The 160-hour, $1,450 course runs Monday, June 19, through Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist and perform technical and clerical duties in the pharmacy, including measuring, mixing, counting, labeling, and recording medication dosages according to prescription orders. Pharmacy technicians may work in hospitals, pharmaceuticals, laboratories, mail order pharmacies, or in retail settings.

According to Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, local demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 23.8 percent between 2014 and 2024, with salaries ranging from $11.52 and $16.24 per hour. Nation-wide, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for pharmacy technicians to grow 9 percent between 2014 and 2024, with a median wage of $14.86 per hour.

Blinn’s technical and community education courses are designed to provide students the knowledge and abilities they need to enter the workforce immediately after completion of the courses. Many of these courses do not require a high school diploma and enrollment is fast and easy. As most of these courses are non-credit, students do not need to go through the College’s admission process to enroll. Programs vary in length and are offered with daytime, evening, and weekend options.

Small business owners can enroll their employees in Blinn Technical & Community Education courses for free using Texas Workforce Commission Skills for Small Business Funds, and Blinn staff can help businesses complete the request form. Blinn also offers students access to scholarships through the Blinn College Foundation, private grants, and Workforce Solutions.

For more information or to register for these courses, contact the nearest Blinn College workforce training center:

  • A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center, 2910 S. Blue Bell Rd., Brenham, TX 77833. Phone: 979-830-4443.
  • Bryan Workforce Education Center, 301 Post Office St., Bryan, TX 77805. Phone: 979-209-7205.
  • Schulenburg Campus, 100 Ranger Dr., Schulenburg, TX 78956. Phone: 979-743-5237.
  • Sealy Campus, 3701 Outlet Center Dr., Sealy, TX 77474. Phone: 979-627-7997.

To learn more about Blinn’s technical and career workforce education courses, visit www.blinn.edu/workforce.