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Student draws bloodTHE INSTITUTE for Business, Industry, and Technology at Glendale Community College has announced a new series of training programs aimed at preparing students for jobs in a variety of health services delivery professions. The new courses will begin spring semester at the main campus.

“We’re really excited to be able to help people enter these careers,” said Mary Trudeau-Ames, Director. “We did the research and discovered that there are literally hundreds of openings for these jobs in the Phoenix metro area. That’s important to us, because we want to be sure there are jobs available for persons who invest the time and money.”

THE INSTITUTE will offer courses in the following professions:

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Medical Billing and Coding

Experienced industry professionals will teach all courses, and where applicable, prepare the student to sit for industry-required certification exams. “Industry certification exams are the gold standard,” said Trudeau-Ames. “They’re what employers look for in screening job applicants, and in some cases are required by law.”

THE INSTITUTE is particularly excited about the pharmacy technician program, as the demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow and is expected to increase substantially through 2014. This high demand is the result of the continual introduction of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. Their work generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. They may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home-infusion pharmacies, long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics and large industrial complexes.

For more information, visit www.gccaz.edu/institute, or call 623-845-3295.