Wiregrass Pharmacy Technology Program and Students Receive High Marks

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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Press Release

Valdosta, GA— In 2003, the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (formerly Valdosta Technical College) Pharmacy Technology program sought accreditation from the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP).

The program was the first from the Technical College System of Georgia to seek accreditation. Under the direction of Pharmacy Technology Program Coordinator Frank Barnett, the program was recently reviewed for extension of their accreditation.

A report was submitted by the program in December of 2012, and the program was approved in March of 2013 for a 6 year term. This approval verifies that the pharmacy technology program is following all ASHP curriculum guidelines and industry standards.

ASHP is a national professional organization that includes pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students. They are on the forefront of the efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. ASHP is the only accrediting agency in the United States for pharmacy programs. ASHP supports the use of qualified technicians in all pharmacy settings; further, ASHP recognizes an obligation to develop and endorse standards for the training of such personnel.

In addition to the extended program accreditation, eight students completing the program during Spring Semester 2013 successfully passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

Those students include Debra Atkins, Natoya Brandon, Brittany Martin, Amoni Moore, Taylor Phillips, Casey Smith, and Nurcan Vantree of Valdosta, and Dana Pruitt of Naylor.

Each student is now entitled to the designation of CPhT, Certified Pharmacy Technician. This certification will not only help each of these students with employment but also demonstrates to employers their competencies in working with a variety of pharmacies that assist patients such as community, hospital/institution, and home health.

For more information on the Pharmacy Technology program at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, visit www.wiregrass.edu or call Frank Barnett at 259-5581.