JCJC’S Pharmacy Technology Program earns continued accreditation

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2017-03-10 20:32:17

ELLISVILLE– Jones County Junior College’s Pharmacy Technology program was the first community/junior college to establish an accredited program in the state and it still remains the only accredited program in Mississippi offering an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.  Recently, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) announced the JCJC Pharmacy Technology program has been approved for continued accreditation through 2019. 
“Accreditation lasts for six years with a mid-term progress report. We are proud to receive approval for continued accreditation,” explained JCJC director of pharmacy technology, Tracey McCraw, RPH. “To be accredited means we have met and have maintained certain educational standards in our curriculum and methods of instructing, simulation lab and clinical rotations. These standards are what set us apart from other programs that are not accredited.”
The JCJC Pharmacy Technology curriculum is a two year program which combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the pharmacy field. Admission requirements for the program include a high school diploma or GED, a minimum score of 17 on the ACT, and a background check. The student will obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree after successfully completing the program and will be eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy has now required technicians who register with the board, to pass the technician certification exam within one year. The focus of the JCJC program is for students to earn an associate degree in Pharmacy Technology and to prepare for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The first graduates completed the program 18 years ago and since that time, JCJC has maintained a 99% passing rate for the exam. The Pharmacy Technology program at Jones is designed to train a technician to work in each type of pharmacy setting and to proficiently perform each task.
For more information call 601-477-4230, or email Tracey McCraw at: tracey.mccraw@jcjc.edu or visit the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/pharmacy/index.php. 


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