Professional Development Institute offering pharmacy technician course

September 2, 2014 Latest Print Print

OCCC’s Professional Development Institute is offering a nine-week course called “Pharmacy Technician I: Basic Prescriptions and Dispensing,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday, Sept. 8, through Wednesday, Nov. 5, said PDI Account Executive Francine Gissy.

The course costs $480, Gissy said, which includes the 18 class sessions — 36 instruction hours — and two textbooks approved by the American Pharmacist Association.

The course will take place at the Professional Development Institute located at 7124 S I-35 Service Road in Oklahoma City, Gissy said.

The only prerequisites are having a high school diploma or GED, she said. Those interested in registering for the pharmacy technician class don’t have to be enrolled at OCCC.

“It’s the basics of pharmacy technicians,” Gissy said. “It covers the generic drugs, the pharmacy tech laws and touches on the national certification exam [for pharmacy technicians].

“It’s a very good overview of the pharmacy technician profession.”

Gissy said the course will be taught by Vickie Chandler, certified pharmacy technician.

In 2012, the median income for pharmacy technicians was $29,320 — or $14.10 an hour — according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

To reigster for the PDI pharmacy technician course, visit

For more information about the course and other education opportunities offered at the PDI, call Gissy at 405-682-7856.

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