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Pharmacy program earns reaccreditation

The Pharmacy Technology program at M State Wadena has earned a three-year reaccreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

"I am proud of our Pharmacy Technology program and our students," said Mary Stende Miller, a pharmacist and director of the program. "The accreditation process supports the fact that our graduates meet and often exceed industry standards in their profession."

The Pharmacy Technology program, which currently has about 45 enrolled students, is offered online, with on-campus labs. The two program options are a 36-credit diploma program and a 60-credit associate of applied science program. Both include an on-the-job summer session.

Program graduates are qualified to assist registered pharmacists in both retail pharmacies and pharmacies in health care facilities.

The State of Minnesota is considering regulations that would require mandatory education for pharmacy technicians by 2012. Completion of an ASHP pharmacy program, such as M State's, would be one option for obtaining the required training.