UPMC and HACC partner to offer pharmacy technician program

Cris Collingwood//June 13, 2022

UPMC and HACC partner to offer pharmacy technician program

Cris Collingwood//June 13, 2022

UPMC and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, are partnering to bring pharmacy technicians to the region through the college’s Pharmacy Technician Program. 

“Pharmacy technicians are critical members of the health care team,” said Janice Dunsavage, vice president, Pharmacy, UPMC in Central Pa. “They assist pharmacists in providing medications to patients, and there is a shortage of these professionals across the country. We are working to develop our local workforce for opportunities in this growing field.”  

The program consists of four virtual courses held over 20 weeks. The first session, which has room for 20 students, begins July 11. Registration deadline is July 6. 

Through this program, certified graduates can receive payments from the UPMC Scholars Program equivalent to the cost of the program, which will cover course fees, a certification preparation course, all required textbooks and the certification exam.  

Graduates will receive payments during their first year working with UPMC in Central Pa. The repayment program requires a full-time work commitment of at least two years at UPMC after certification. 

“HACC’s workforce development efforts and this program with UPMC are a perfect fit,” said Vic Rodgers, vice president of workforce development and continuing education at HACC. “In our efforts to support the business and industry needs of our region, we consistently seek out partnerships like this, which provide opportunities for our community members while supporting the continued economic health of our region.”  

Students will also have the opportunity to work as a pharmacy associate tech-in-training at UPMC during their education, providing valuable hands-on experience. UPMC will work with students on a schedule that accommodates their studies.  

“Pharmacy technicians are in high demand, and this program allows students to receive a high-quality education with the potential to be reimbursed for all costs of their training program when they work for UPMC,” said Lou Baverso, chief operating officer, UPMC in Central Pa., and president, UPMC Harrisburg, UPMC West Shore and UPMC Community Osteopathic. “It’s an efficient, affordable program that can be completed in just months, and you can start a brand-new career as a pharmacy tech while helping to bring UPMC’s life changing medicine to central Pennsylvania.”  

HACC and UPMC will hold an information session online Tuesday, June 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  

To find out more about the Pharmacy Technician Program, call 717-221-1354 or visit https://www.hacc.edu/ProgramsandCourses/Programs/HealthCareers/Pharmacy-Technician.cfm.