PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College's Pharmacy Technician program received a three-year reaccreditation following reviews and recommendations by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

The Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), a collaboration between ASHP and ACPE, met earlier this year and arrived at its decision based on a site review report and the College's response to the survey findings.  PTAC serves both boards of directors as the accrediting review committee for pharmacy technician education and training programs.

            Tri-County's 43-hour, three-semester program has classroom and clinical components.  It prepares graduates to work in hospital and retail pharmacies, research laboratories, home health care agencies and other health and personal care industries.  Classes are held on the College's Pendleton Campus.

Graduates are eligible to become state certified which can lead to expanded responsibilities in a pharmacy, salary increases and opportunities for career advancement.

"We are pleased with our three-year reaccreditation and are excited that ASHP and ACPE recognized our plans to grow our program in the next three to five years," said Dr. Ann Barnes, program coordinator.  "In addition, our new equipment and an updated curriculum will help our students to be more successful in the classroom and when taking the certification exam. There are lots of opportunities for our students and we want to make the most of them," she said.