Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician program students are well positioned for the future of their field now that the program has earned formal accreditation.
The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHSP) recently granted the accreditation, retroactive to September 2011, according to program Instructor Jody Myhre-Oechsle.
The accreditation positions the CVTC program and its graduates for a future in which certifications to work in the field are likely to be required, Myhre-Oechsle said. Currently, Wisconsin is one of many states that does not require any kind of certification or licensing to work as a pharmacy technician, a position in which a person assists a pharmacist in his or her duties. However, pharmacists are recommending that states adopt standards for working in the field, and that training programs be designed to ensure students meet the standards.
Myhre-Oechsle said the CVTC program has been educating students to the standards for some time.
“The program prepares them to take the national certification exam,” she said.
The accreditation means CVTC graduates will be able to work in states where graduation from an accredited program is required, and puts them in a favorable position should Wisconsin adopt such a requirement.
Prior to awarding the accreditation, two representatives from ASHSP visited CVTC and reviewed the program, questioning faculty, students and administration.
CVTC is only the second technical college in the state, with Milwaukee Area Technical College, to have an accredited program.