ERIC Number: ED208911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-15
Reference Count: 0
Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Pharmacy Technology Program. Volume 11, Number 8.
Bourke, Patricia G.; And Others
In December 1980, a study was conducted by William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to determine the feasibility of establishing a pharmacy technology program. Professional Life Science and Human Services staff members telephoned 13 hospital pharmacies and four retail pharmacies in WRHC's service area. It was felt that if the 15 responding pharmacies could provide sufficient employment for program graduates, the pharmacy technology program could be justified. During the interviews, pharmacy representatives were provided with information about the proposed curriculum and asked questions relating to their feelings toward the proposed curriculum, job persistence of pharmacy technicians, on-the-job training, whether they would encourage employees to participate in the program, tuition reimbursement plans, the number of program graduates they would hire, starting salaries for pharmacy technicians, possibility of providing clinical training stations, and employee interest in serving as guest lecturer or advisory committee member. The survey revealed justification for beginning the program, based on: (1) respondents indicated that they would hire 43 program graduates within a year and would recommend that 22 present employees enroll; (2) respondents employed more than 249 pharmacy technicians who had an average job longevity of three years; and (3) employers indicated they would start program graduates at a higher salary than non-graduates. The study report includes course descriptions, the interview schedule, and letters in support of the program. (AYC)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Employment Projections, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Labor Turnover, Pharmacy, Questionnaires, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
Identifiers: Pharmacy Technicians