SOMC hosting pharmacy tech career fair

Staff report

Southern Ohio Medical Center is hosting a free, virtual career fair for those interested in branching out into a new field. The event will outline the path to becoming a pharmacy technician, which can be navigated in as few as six months. The event will take place on February 23 at 6 p.m.

The pharmacy tech program is a unique career opportunity because you can go from trainee to Certified Technician in as little as 6 months.

You can also work and get paid as you go. Trainees’ are paid for the shifts they work in pharmacy to fulfill the required hours. Unlike other programs, when you complete the course work, you are certified in the state of Ohio and can work anywhere in the state. Pharmacy technician roles are extremely varied and range from obtaining medication histories directly from patients to preparing sterile products in clean rooms, managing automated dispensing equipment and assisting patients to afford their medications.

Working as a pharmacy technician can be incredibly rewarding,” SOMC Director of Pharmacy Rory Phillips said. “This is an opportunity for anyone considering the field, or contemplating a career change, to learn more about the opportunities that are available.”

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist to provide patients with both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Pharmacy is a growing field with significant demand in southern Ohio. Those who are interested can begin work as a trainee and begin earning money while SOMC mentors and guides them through the program. Once you achieve trainee status, you have until the end of that year to receive certification.

The career fair will detail the day-to-day activities of a pharmacy technician, as well as education requirements and career opportunities. Those interested can register by contacting Charlotte Maillet at 740-356-8565.

Staff report