UPMC and HACC Offer Virtual Pharmacy Tech Training Program with Option for Reimbursement of Costs

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June 13, 2022
UPMC and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, are partnering to bring more highly needed pharmacy technicians to the region through the College’s Pharmacy Technician Program, which may be taken fully online.  
“Pharmacy technicians are critical members of the health care team,” said Janice Dunsavage, vice president, Pharmacy, UPMC in Central Pa. “They assist pharmacists in providing medications to patients, and there is a shortage of these professionals across the country. We are working to develop our local workforce for opportunities in this growing field.” 
The program consists of four virtual courses held over 20 weeks. If they wish to work at UPMC, graduates take a certification preparation course, followed by the nationally recognized Pharmacy Technician Certification exam (PTCE) offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). 
Under this innovative program, certified graduates can receive payments from the UPMC Scholars Program equivalent to the cost of the program, which will cover course fees, a certification preparation course, all required textbooks and the certification exam. Graduates will receive payments during their first year working with UPMC in Central Pa. The repayment program requires a full-time work commitment of at least two years at UPMC after certification.
“HACC's workforce development efforts and this program with UPMC are a perfect fit. In our efforts to support the business and industry needs of our region, we consistently seek out partnerships like this, which provide opportunities for our community members while supporting the continued economic health of our region,” said Vic Rodgers, MBA, MBC, vice president of workforce development and continuing education at HACC. 
Students will also have the opportunity to work as a pharmacy associate tech-in-training at UPMC during their education, providing valuable hands-on experience. UPMC will work with students on a schedule that accommodates their studies. 
“Pharmacy technicians are in high demand, and this program allows students to receive a high-quality education with the potential to be reimbursed for all costs of their training program when they work for UPMC,” said Lou Baverso, chief operating officer, UPMC in Central Pa., and president, UPMC Harrisburg, UPMC West Shore and UPMC Community Osteopathic. “It’s an efficient, affordable program that can be completed in just months, and you can start a brand-new career as a pharmacy tech while helping to bring UPMC's Life Changing Medicine to central Pennsylvania.” 

Sign Up by July 6 
The first cohort of students for this special program starts July 11 and end Dec. 7. Registration is required by July 6.  
Space is available in the first cohort for 20 students.  
HACC and UPMC will hold a special information session online for potential students to learn more about the program and ask questions on Tuesday, June 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
To find out more about the Pharmacy Technician Program, please call 717-221-1354 or visit https://www.hacc.edu/ProgramsandCourses/Programs/HealthCareers/Pharmacy-Technician.cfm. 
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About UPMC 
A $24 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 92,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 800 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a more than 4 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.7 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $900 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.  
About HACC 
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges. HACC offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 14,023 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit hacc.edu. Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), follow us on Instagram (@HACC_edu), like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HACC64) and use #HACCNews. 
Christine Rapp
rappce@upmc.edu, 717-965-9119