Our Lady of the Sea

Fletcher students are now able to fulfill their externship requirement at Lady of the Sea Hospital Community Pharmacies in Cut Off.

This new partnership, launched in June, will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and pursue certification, including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam.

The program is available to all students in Fletcher's Pharmacy Technician Program.

The program's coursework is divided into three parts: online instructions (at least 50 hours), 2 day in-classroom lab and checkoff and a technician externship (80 hours).

The online instructions cover pharmacy calculations, dosage calculations, IV flow rates, drug compounding and dose conversion, among many other topics.

The two day in-classroom lab gives the students hands-on practice on what they have learned online.

The externship takes it a step further and provides students with real-life pharmacy experience.

“Fletcher Technical Community College is grateful to Lady of the Sea Hospital and Community Pharmacies for providing our Pharmacy Tech students with opportunities to gain hands-on, real world training in their profession,” commented Chancellor Dr. Kristine Strickland. “The ability to provide opportunities for students to learn in the work environment are invaluable and we appreciate the continued partnership with Lady of the Sea Hospital and Community Pharmacies.”

The Pharmacy Technician Program students who started in June have completed the online portion of the program and are now taking certification exams and moving on to their externships. The next Pharmacy Technician Program will begin March and registration will be available in January.

Financial assistance through your local regional Louisiana Workforce Commission office or Motivation Education & Training, Inc. (MET, Inc.) or a payment plan option through FACTS Management may be available for those who qualify. Contact Fletcher’s Workforce Solutions at 985-448-7938, or workforcesolutions@fletcher.edu.

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