York's YTI campus will start a new nine-month program this fall that trains students to become pharmacy technicians.

Enrollment for the new program started Monday, with the first class to begin Oct. 30, said campus president Carla Horn.

Before starting a new program the campus evaluates whether there is interest for it and if students will find ample job opportunities after completing the program, Horn said.

"Our success is all about finding successful careers for our students," she said.

Following completion of the pharmacy technician program, students will be qualified to work at hospitals, in pharmacies, nursing homes and mail-order dispensing facilities in the York area, Horn said.

Future employment: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates jobs for pharmacy technicians will grow by 20 percent by 2022, Horn said.

"We're confident that there will be employment opportunities for the technicians," she said.

The nine-month training program will be held in a repurposed lab area at the York center that will provide training with industry-standard equipment including safety hoods and automated pill dispensers, Horn said.

The class will be offered in each of the four terms at the campus, Horn said, with the cost of tuition, books and supplies at $15,000 for students who begin the program before the end of 2014. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, according to a release from the campus.


For more information on the pharmacy technician program, visit www.yti.edu or call the York campus directly at 717-757-1100.