February 17, 2011 | | Leave a comment Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, which is located in North Carolina, recently announced that it will be offering an associates degree in pharmacy technology, the Salisbury Post reports. Officials told the news source that the program will consist of 69 credit hours, which will incorporate online, hybrid and classroom-based courses. They added that the curriculum is the only institution in the Charlotte metropolitan region. Students will work under a licensed pharmacist and gain knowledge in packaging medications, preparing IV admixtures, assisting in dispensing and delivering medications, maintaining patient profile records, managing inventory and providing customer service. "This program is the result of discussions with hospital and community pharmacy personnel who identified an emerging need for the associate degree," Meg Patchett, provost at the school, told the news source. Students can also pursue an optional certificate in health services leadership, which can propel graduates into lead technician roles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to increase by 31 percent over the next seven years.