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Pharmacy and surgical tech programs at WVU Parkersburg provide health career opportunities|
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Parkersburg, W.Va. 7/22/11 – In addition to the associate of applied science degree in nursing, WVU Parkersburg offers pharmacy technician and surgical technology certificate programs that provide the instruction and hands-on training to help students get the jobs they want.
Since the pharm tech program began in 2008, it has boasted a 100 percent pass rate on the Pharmacy Technician National Certification Exam. The program gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience.
“Students are placed in hospital and retail settings, which offer good environments to work. Many of them have gotten job offers after completion of the program,” said pharm tech program coordinator Jodyne Christian.
May 2010 graduate Jennifer Fields now works at Cox Family Pharmacy in Parkersburg and said the program helped her tremendously. “I started in the nursing program, and it just wasn’t for me. I loved the pharmacology part of nursing, so I entered the pharm tech program,” said Fields. “I absolutely loved the program, and I got my job at one of the places I did my clinical work. I love my job and truly enjoy what I do.”
The college also offers a surgical technology certificate program designed to guide qualified students through structured learning experiences in peri-operative settings. Graduates of this program are qualified to work in any general surgery inpatient or outpatient setting, including, but not limited to, ambulatory care, surgical short stay, physician offices and clinics. The surgical technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam.
Applications are being accepted for the pharmacy technician and surgical technology programs at WVU Parkersburg. Classes start Aug. 22. Applications are also being accepted for the January 2012 nursing class. The priority deadline for applications is Sept. 15. Visit www.wvup.edu/HealthSciences to apply.
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