DKICP creates partnership with UH Maui College for Pharmacy Tech training

January 23, 2024

Students enrolled in the UH Maui College Pharmacy Technician program will now be able to get immunization certification, thanks to an educational partnership with DKICP faculty.

Students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College (UHMC) will now be able to complete coursework that allows them to become certified to provide immunizations in their future employment, thanks to a new partnership between UHMC and the Daniel K Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) at UH Hilo.

“For pharmacy technicians to get immunization certification is the gold standard, the highest level of training available, and that’s what our faculty involvement can help provide for students in this UHMC program,” says DKICP Dean Rae Matsumoto.

DKICP faculty will provide instruction for UHMC students, in person and online, that prepares them to take a national immunization certification exam. “This additional level of training allows our graduates to perform at the top of their profession,” says UHMC instructor Valerie Matsunaga, Pharm.D., BCPS. “We saw how important these skills are during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

She says there is consistent state-wide demand for pharmacy technicians. UHMC has been offering the Pharmacy Technician Immersion degree program since 2008, and recently dedicated a new Career Skills Lab funded in partnership with CVS Health and designed like a real Longs Drugs pharmacy to offer students hands-on skills training as part of the 15-week program.

“We appreciated the consultation DKICP faculty provided when we developed the new lab, which also ensured we had access to necessary data compliance software to help train students,” says Matsunaga. “We also have an articulation program with DKICP for continuing education courses.”

“This partnership with UHMC is a logical extension of the educational work we do here at DKCIP,” adds Dean Matsumoto, “and it is another way we can help to train the future healthcare workforce to provide better quality of care for the people of Hawaii.”

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