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Pharmacy technician program earns national accreditation

April 30, 2014

Huntington, W.Va. - Mountwest Community & Technical College is pleased to announce that the Pharmacy Technician Program has received full accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

With this recent achievement, the Mountwest program becomes only the second Pharmacy Technician program in West Virginia to receive accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, or ASHP). The organization serves as the accrediting body for both Pharmacy Technician programs and Pharmacy Residencies. 

Beginning in July 2015, all incoming pharmacy technicians must be nationally certified to work in West Virginia. By 2020, all candidates who sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam must have graduated from an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Technician program.

“This accreditation is validation that the preparation and training our graduates receive meet the highest industry standards,” said Dr. Keith J. Cotroneo, president of Mountwest. “Our goal as an institution is to help meet employer demand while making our students competitive in the local and regional job markets.”

Mountwest first established the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician degree program in 2008. This is the first time the program has applied for and received accreditation. 

Those interested in pursuing a degree in Pharmacy Technician from Mountwest should visit www.mctc.edufor more information and apply by the June 15 application deadline. For more information, contact Coordinator Melissa Ballard, BA, CPhT (ASHP) at 304-710-3517.