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Program boasts 100 percent certification exam pass rate

PARKERSBURG – All graduates at West Virginia University at Parkersburg have passed the Pharmacy Technician National Certification exam each year.

Debra Rice and Bruce Laymanm, recent graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Program, said their training and experience from the one-year program enabled them to make a vital career change.

Rice and Layman entered college in the fall. Layman graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986, but after becoming a displaced worker, he decided to go back to school.

“Initially, I was reluctant to go back,” said Layman. “When I finally committed to make it happen, I found myself wondering why I had waited so long. The courses are challenging but have paid off. I have a passion to make a difference, something I haven’t felt in a very long time.”

The pharmacy technician program prepares students as pharmacy technicians under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. As a pharmacy technician, students can apply the techniques and procedures to prepare and dispense medications in the community and institutional pharmacy settings.

Through a combination of classroom presentations, campus laboratory practice and clinical experiences, students develop a knowledge of a pharmacy technician in the safe preparation and delivery of medications to patients, WVU-P said. Clinical and community practice experiences are under licensed pharmacist supervision at local hospital and retail pharmacies.

“Every clinical site we participated in was impressed,” said Rice. “They had high regard for the students, which directly reflected on WVU-Parkersburg. There is not one of us not offered jobs before we were halfway through the year.”

Both graduates graduated with a 4.0 GPA and found success after completing the pharmacy technician program. Rice is now working locally while Layman is taking prerequisite classes at WVU Parkersburg to prepare for pharmacy school.

“I am thankful and impressed by the dramatic changes attending this program has made in my life,” said Rice.