As CSM's coordinator for the Pharmacy Technician certificate program, Kay Zalesney feels confident that graduates of the program will have little problem finding jobs, even in a sluggish economy. Zalesney, who stays closely connected to the allied health fields she coordinates, says CSM's pharmacist instructors have told her CSM students' skills will be in demand when they leave the program.
Why the great need for pharmacy technicians? Zalesney said a new state regulation in the last two years now requires formal training for pharmacy workers.
A real plus is that the program can be completed in two semesters. CSM's tuition is reasonable, said Zalesney, and courses are usually offered in the evenings or on weekends so those who are changing careers can keep working while preparing for their new profession.
"Students completing the program can work in nursing homes, hospitals or retail pharmacies," said Zalesney. "The program's clinical course provides the state-required 160 hours of experience at area pharmacies that potential employers find very attractive."