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There’s Still Time—Apply to Pharm Tech/Phlebotomy Programs by June 17

As the baby boomer generation ages and medical technology advances, healthcare will continue to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the United States economy. Jefferson Community College, in partnership with Boston Reed College, is pleased to announce two new allied healthcare training courses that will be offered in the Fall of 2010—Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy Technician. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32% and the need for laboratory technicians, including phlebotomists, by 14% between 2006 and 2016.

These courses are designed to provide fast-paced training to prepare students for employment in the healthcare workforce. Both courses are conveniently offered evenings to accommodate busy work and family schedules. In addition to classroom instruction, students will experience on-the-job training at a local healthcare facility.

The Pharmacy and Phlebotomy Technician program application deadline is Thursday, June 17, 2010. Applications are available online and by request at the JCC Continuing Education Division, 315-786-2233.

The Pharmacy Technician program will run from September 7, 2010 through March 31, 2011 and consists of 182 hours of classroom instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. and 120 hours of on-the-job training in the local community. Pharmacy technicians assist the pharmacist with packaging or mixing prescriptions, maintaining client records, referring clients to the pharmacist for counseling, collecting payment and coordinating billing, and inventory control and purchasing. Upon successful completion graduates will receive a certificate of completion, become eligible to apply for registration as a Pharmacy Technician in New York State, and be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. The course fee of $2995.00 includes books, course supplies, on-the-job training placement, and a course certificate of completion.

The Phlebotomy Technician program will run from September 21 through November 4, 2010 and consists of 48 hours of classroom training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. and a 40-hour externship in the local community. Laboratories rely on the phlebotomy technician to collect quality samples from the patient to produce quality laboratory results. To do this, a phlebotomy technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe, and reliable manner. Upon successful completion of the program the student will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to sit for the national exam to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. The course fee of $2995.00 includes books, course supplies, externship, and a course certificate of completion.

In-depth information about both training programs, including prerequisites, financing options, student responsibilities, and the step-by-step process of what to expect is available on Boston Reed College’s website.

The Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy Technician programs are offered by Boston Reed College in collaboration with the Continuing Education Division at Jefferson Community College (315-786-2233).