pharmacy schoolThey have pills that look like the real things, but are simulated.  They have simulated drop-off and consultation windows, just like a neighborhood pharmacy.

But the best thing about the new pharmacy technician training program at Manatee Technical Institute’s East Campus is that there are real, not simulated, jobs waiting for graduates, MTI officials say. “Pharmacy tech is one of the fastest growing health professions,” Leah Rubiano, MTI’s pharmacy technician instructor said Friday. People are taking more medications than ever before, causing the profession to grow, he said.

Classes began Aug. 23 in a simulated pharmacy on the second floor of the Wells Law and Allied Health Building at MTI East, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

And students are still needed — there are 11 slots still open, Rubiano said.

Those who complete the program and pass a state exam will find jobs right now in Manatee and Sarasota counties, said Carolyn Ramsey, project manager for MTI East.

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