Two Louisiana community colleges--Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and Delgado Community College (DCC)--proposed, developed, and implemented a collaborative Pharmacy Technician program for delivery through the use of two-way interactive video. The new program was inspired by new certification requirements instituted by the state of Louisiana in 1997. BPCC and DCC both determined that the new certification requirements established a need for a Pharmacy Technician training program in higher education. The program utilizes instructional media provided to all Louisiana colleges and universities by the Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR). The use of such instructional media would serve to decrease costs, utilize new technology, and make the professional courses in the program available to other schools in the state via compressed video. The BPCC/DCC Pharmacy Technician Program was made available at the two schools in the 1999-2000 academic year. The one-year certificate program incorporates academic and clinical education in pharmacy practices and includes academic instruction in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and elemental chemistry. The laboratory courses are taught on campus in a lab setting, while the lecture courses are delivered via compressed video. The lectures are developed through collaboration between BPCC and DCC. In recognition of the innovative and collaborative efforts of BPCC and DCC, the BoR awarded the two schools a Distance Learning Initiative Grant of $70,000. (NB)
Delgado Community College LA; Louisiana; Video Technology
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Bossier Parish Community Coll., Bossier City, LA.; Delgado Community Coll., New Orleans, LA.