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Online Pharmacy Technician Course Offered by Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute will offer a 108-hour non-credit entry-level course for those interested in entering the pharmacy field. Pharmacy Technician: Online will start in late February and is for those interested in beginning a career in pharmacy as pharmacy technicians.

This non-credit course is conducted exclusively online and can provide students with the flexibility to learn around their own schedule. Students will complete all coursework using their computer and a connection to the Internet.

This course provides self-motivated students with the opportunity to prepare for the Pharmacy Technician National Examination. It is suitable for those who have no experience in a pharmacy setting, as well as for pharmacy technicians preparing for the national exam.

The course runs through May and the tuition is $1,525. Students also must purchase a course textbook.

The course instructor is Debra Brown, a registered pharmacy technician who has been teaching in the field for more than 10 years.

In addition to the new online course, the WDI continues to offer its 108-hour classroom course for training pharmacy technicians. This course, held in a mock pharmacy at the college's Albany Extension Center, includes a hands-on internship in a pharmacy setting. Like the online course, the classroom course is designed to prepare students for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

To register or for more information about this course or other courses offered by the Workforce Development Institute, call (518) 629-4827 or email Further information is available online at

The Workforce Development Institute offers a variety of "open enrollment" credit-free courses for those looking to increase their skills or re-enter the workforce as well as industry-specific training for business and industry.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.