Collaboration will address western ND shortage in vital healthcare role
A documented shortage of pharmacy technicians has inspired a partnership between the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) and Bismarck State College (BSC) to deliver the NDSCS Pharmacy Technician program to the central and western portion of the state beginning Fall 2016.
Students will enroll through NDSCS but may attend classes in Bismarck. General education classes will be provided by BSC, while the technical components of the program will be taught by Wahpeton-based NDSCS Pharmacy Technician faculty through interactive video and online classes. Students will be able to earn either a 2-year A.A.S. degree or 1-year Certificate from NDSCS.
"The partnership between Bismarck State College and North Dakota State College of Science is an example of how shared services and campus collaboration can meet changing demands in North Dakota," NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott said. "Our students now have even greater opportunities for success, right here at home."
“By working together, BSC and NDSCS will help fill the critical shortage of Pharmacy Technicians in central and western North Dakota,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “Students will benefit from face-to-face and synchronous virtual classroom instruction.”
The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for careers performing and managing the technical functions in pharmacies and pharmacy-related industries. Pharmacy Technician graduates can register with the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy and are eligible for national certification. Pharmacy technicians are found in community, hospital and home health care pharmacies, as well as research institutions and manufacturers. Graduates benefit from 100 percent placement in this high-demand career field.
“As part of the North Dakota University System we are delighted to partner with NDSCS,” BSC President Larry C. Skogen said. “It’s exciting to be able to work together and offer a program that will meet such a need in central and western North Dakota.”
To learn more about the NDSCS Pharmacy Technician program at BSC go to NDSCS.edu/PharmTechatBSC.