Free Pharmacy Technician Information Session April 7, 2016

By on March 18, 2016
Pharmacy Technician Certification Training

The healthcare field is projected to be the largest source of new jobs in Missouri through 2016. Gain a competitive edge through St. Louis Community College’s healthcare occupations training programs. Our programs enhance workforce skills and prepare students for state and national certifications, as well as prepare them to enter the workforce directly.

Whether you are just starting out in healthcare or looking to switch careers-but you aren’t sure about the direction to take-our free healthcare occupations information sessions will help you identify your interests and learn about career pathways that might be the right fit for you!

Pharmacy Technician Information Session

This free session is designed to provide information to individuals interested in the Pharmacy Technician Training. The presentation will include an explanation of the pre-requisites, an overview of the training and requirements needed for certification. The session is free but registration is required. To register, call 314-984-7777. This program is offered in partnership with MK Education.

AHCE: 786 Section C01
Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
STLCC Corporate College, Classroom 209
3221 McKelvey Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044

Classes for the summer 2016 new hybrid section of the Pharmacy Technician Certification program begins forming April 4. The program runs from May 16 through August 29, 2016. This short-term allied health care program is offered in partnership with MK Education, an education consulting company that specializes in health career training and curriculum.

Students of the Pharmacy Tech program must have Internet connection and be competent computer and Internet users. To assess readiness to complete an online course students should read and take the online assessment SmarterMeasure on the college’s website. Students will be required to come to the Corporate College to attend an orientation session on May 16, 6-9 p.m.; to attend scheduled workshop sessions on 5/26, 6/9, 6/23 and 7/7; to attend the externship orientation/overview on July 21, 6-9 p.m.; to take the midterm on July 7 and the final examination on August 22. This training prepares the student for entry level employment as a pharmacy technician. Course work will be completed online. Skill workshops will be held at the Corporate College. The externship follows the classroom experience July 25-August 19, 2016. Last class day: August 29, 2016. Students will learn about the top medications dispensed in the United States and be introduced to the basic concepts of pharmacy calculations for proper medication dispensing. Upon successful completion of the course the student is eligible to take a certification exam.

Register in person only in Continuing Education at the St. Louis Community College Forest Park campus, room G 322 (map and directions). Prerequisites: Student must be 18 years of age; have a High school diploma or a High School Equivalency Certificate; Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Test – Letter stating a minimum score of 8.9 on both Vocabulary and Comprehension tests and a minimum score of 7.0 Mathematics Concepts and Application. Family Care Safety Registry-Worker registration letter: Register online at Only the original letter will be accepted. Letter cannot be older than six months. Registration/refund/withdrawal deadline: 5/9. No refunds after that date.

A section available for students using a payment plan through MK Education. Student must have approval of MK Education to register. Contact MK Education at 630-929-8602 or via email at

“It’s very important for health care professionals to get much needed hands-on training before entering the workforce,” said Bree Abbas, student relations advisor with MK Education. “Employers are looking for individuals to come in with basic knowledge of real-life activities that would happen in a pharmacy setting. This program is developed with employer-requested qualifications in mind.

“As the advisor and pharmacy technician, I will offer students resume critiques and career planning tips to help them burst into the pharmacy field,” Abbas said.

The $2,100 tuition includes books, materials, lab fees and externships. Registration for Pharmacy Technician program is now open at the Forest Park Office of Continuing Education. For more information on the program contact Diane Sterett at 314-539-5754.

Alternative funding resources for the Healthcare Occupation Trainings include the Missouri Employment and Training Program or Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding.

About Timothy Gallo

Timothy is the Marketing Manager for the Continuing Education program at St. Louis Community College. Tim has over 15 years of experience working with Continuing Education program design and development, instructional design, training and development, project management, program/course development, and marketing.

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