STCC offers pharmacy tech, phlebotomy courses

SPRINGFIELD The Center for Business and Technology (CBT) at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) has announced that applications are now being accepted for their Professional Pharmacy Technician Program.

According to Mary Breeding, Assistant Vice President of Economic and Business Development at STCC, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase significantly during the next few years as the increased number of middle-aged and elderly people who use more prescription drugs than younger people will spur demand for technicians. Annual salaries range from $23,000 to $30,000 in the Greater Springfield area.

The 75-hour Professional Pharmacy Technician Program is designed to teach students the fundamentals and particulars of being a pharmacy technician. The program is geared towards a variety of students including those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians, pre-pharmacy students, or those with a healthcare background looking to strengthen their current skills. This class introduces students to various pharmacy practice settings and covers drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, and daily pharmacy operations.

Although on the job training is still an essential part of pharmacy training, this course will train individuals to effectively assist in pharmaceutical preparations and complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment. This class will introduce students to various pharmacy practice settings and will intensively cover drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, and daily pharmacy operation. This program provides participants with a preparation for national certification exams and meets the requirements of the Massachusetts and Connecticut Boards of Pharmacy for the registration of Pharmacy Technicians.


The CBT will again offer its 12-week course designed to prepare individuals for an entry-level career as a phlebotomist, a professional trained and certified person who works in a hospital, clinical laboratory or health-care facility and obtains blood specimens by venipuncture and microtechniques. In addition to technical, clerical and interpersonal skills, the phlebotomist must develop strong organizational skills to handle a heavy workload efficiently and maintain accuracy, often under stressful conditions.

This course is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and individuals completing the program will be eligible to take NHA's national certification exam. This program approval means that the college's curriculum and instructors meet or exceed the rigorous criteria established by the NHA. The program is designed to prepare an individual to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture in order to obtain blood specimens for diagnostic procedures and will include a two-three week internship in an area health care facility.

Major topics to be covered in this course include: anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system; safety and confidentiality; venipuncture technique and complications of venipuncture; patient relations and communication; capillary puncture; lab tests and miscellaneous procedures; infection control; quality control and processing of specimens; and multiskilling.

This program always fills up long before the start date and applications are now being accepted. Individuals interested in either course should go to or call 755-4225 or 755-4502 for complete details and an application packet.

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