This course prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for employment as a pharmacy technician or pharmacy clerk. It focuses on academics, technical skills, and employability practices essential in the pharmacy profession. In the second semester, students who have a “B” or above and meet all requirements are allowed to begin a Pharmacy Technician internship at a local Walgreens Pharmacy. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:
Helena C Polanco, has over 23 years of pharmacy experience. Ms. Polanco started working in the pharmacy at Walgreens while still in high school at the age of 16. She completed the Pharmacy Technician Training Program from Hartnell College and has been a Licensed Pharmacy Technician in the State of California since 2000. In 2003, she became a nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician. Ms. Polanco has worked in many different pharmacy settings including retail and managed health care. She is also a member of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.